Re: ASUS WL330 for WIFI?
From: Dave Brown (dhbrown_at_hobbes.dhbrown.net)
Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 20:16:43 GMT
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Dave Brown wrote:
> I decided to try the WL330 based on a couple of posts here and almost
> glowing reviews elsewhere. It seems to work nicely when my laptop is at
> home, and I can control IP addresses, SSIDs, etc. But I can't figure out
> how to use in a WIFI situation.
> In order to control the WIFI connection, I have to connect via eth0 to the
> WL330 configuration "webpage", which has a fixed IP, 192.168.0.228, or
> such. But when I connect to the WIFI network, I need to be DHCP, in order
> for eth0 to get an IP on the WIFI network, and have nameserver and routes
> set, etc. So it appears that I need to have 2 IPs on eth0, one of which
> can be fixed, but the other must be DHCP, and both must be active.
I figured it out, so for the record...
Using RH's 'neat' network configurator, you can put a second IP address on
the eth0 NIC... i.e. eth0:1, and set it to 192.168.1.2, an IP on the same
network as the WL330 webpage. Then you can scan for WIFI networks using
the WL330 webpage, and "join". Then go back to the 'neat' window and
"deactivate" then "activate".
I suspect you could do the same thing in YaST, "Network Device" window. I
didn't give it a fair test in public, but at home, I set up for a DHCP on
eth0, and then in a terminal window, 'ifconfig eth0:1 192.168.1.2' and
could contact the WL330 setup with a browser. After 'joining', the
dhcpcd then got the IP for the wireless connection.
And, when you've "saved" the profile in your WL330, it'll automatically
connect the next time.
As an aside, Austin is supposedly the most free "WIFI'd" city in the US.
According to the free WIFI news, Atlanta is working on taking over the top
spot, and Philadelphia is proposing to have city-wide WIFI. I guess you
could say it's "free as in speech"--taxes will foot the bill. Of course,
this isn't going to help "private enterprise" compete with taxpayer-funded
services. It might be better if outfits like T-Mobile (I think they've
captured Borders and Starbucks) would set reasonable rates.
-- Dave Brown Austin, TX