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[Web] Are You Receiving Me?ANN.lu
Posted on 28-Nov-2002 17:41 GMT by Dave14 comments
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SWAUG has a new Point Of View article on the website entitled "Are You Receiving Me?".

It discusses the merits of Wireless Networking and how it could benefit the Amiga in our home.

Check it out at: www.swaug.org.uk/pov

The article is their to highlight the technology and ask the wuestion on why it hasn't been developed for the Amiga.
Are You Receiving Me? : Comment 1 of 14ANN.lu
Posted by catohagen on 28-Nov-2002 17:17 GMT
i did setup my a1200 as router in our wireless broadband connection,
with Lucent WaveLAN/ORiNOCO cards and miamidx
Used an Ethernetconverter <-> pci nic in a1200 w/Elbox mediator hardware...
So I guess its possible today, create a driver for the WaveLAN/ORiNOCO pcmcia in a
pci bridge for mediator/grex and you remove the expensive ethernetconverter....
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Posted by Kjetil on 28-Nov-2002 17:27 GMT
You do not need PCI or USB to use wireless networks to day just go an get your self an Ethernet converter to wireless networks this can be connected to your switch or hub, or even directly to your computer.
This days every one is talking about how great 803.11b is how you can befit from it,
What they fail to talk about is security, if you do not configure your network properly with encryption, then your computer and Internet connection is open for otters to use, any one walking out side your house may read your personal files on your Amiga throw Samba if it is not configured properly configured, or any otter service hat may be in the risk of being hacked like FTP, HTTP, IRC and ICQ services. Reamer that they get on the inside of your firewall when you have an wireless network, if not configured with encryption. Max speed on wireless is about 22Mbs youre average PCI Ethernet card is 100Mbs, so if you do not need it way invest in it?
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Posted by catohagen on 28-Nov-2002 17:39 GMT
802.11 top speed is 11 Mbps, but that's only over the air. Access points typically have 10baseT Ethernet connections, so your theoretical maximum to the wire is still only 10 Mbps and client cards currently on the market only have one radio in them. That means half-duplex communications only so you can talk or listen with a radio, but not both.
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Posted by Kjetil on 28-Nov-2002 18:04 GMT
In reply to Comment 3 (catohagen):
Well you are taking about Lucent WaveLAN/ORiNOCO cards they have an top speed of 11Mb/s, this is correct how ever this cards are now out dated, and beaten, well Iím taking about D-link DI-614+ and D-link DWL 520+, they have an top speed of 22Mb/s.
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Posted by Lawd on 28-Nov-2002 18:33 GMT
I'm looking forward to the first 802.11b cards from Elbox.
You know, the ones that cost 4 times as much as the generic counterparts that haven't got their vendor ID changed. The ones that come with drivers that, if they detect a non-Elbox card, will raise output power by a few hundred Watts and use the microwave frequency to fry your testicles.
But hey, you're *privileged*, damnit, you have "supported an Amiga company" damnit. Bend over, smile, don't ask for lube, take it like a man and ask for seconds, that's expected from you as an Amiga user! And what's the big deal with a fried gonad or two, there's always adoption or willing sperm donors.
;')
Nah, seriously...
There'd be a whole lot more work to implement a WiFi LAN solution than, say, writing a driver for any Ethernet NIC, what with encryption and so on, right?
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Posted by Kjetil on 28-Nov-2002 19:05 GMT
In reply to Comment 5 (Lawd):
Is like this PC custom chips are made by one firm that sold to many,
The same driver works almost the same way on all the firms except the pin layout to PCI port, so well grab an driver from linux an start hacking.. butt as we are saying you do not need one you need an Ethernet converter if you have an Ethernet card all ready.
You can configure many external Ethernet devises throw web interface or telnet so you do not need an driver or confutation software to setting hem up throw web, and assigning IP addresses whit the command ARP is not easy if you have not done it before, some devises do not support it, some time it is better to use windows to configure it, laptops are fine tools.
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Posted by Paul H on 28-Nov-2002 22:00 GMT
I have a wireless network my house.
The Amiga is connected to switch which has a link to a wireless bridge (Link SYS WET11).
No more cables running over the floors and under doors ( which pleases my girlfriend no end! :) )
Are You Receiving Me? : Comment 8 of 14ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 29-Nov-2002 09:10 GMT
1000 feet? I'd like to see that!
You'd definitely need a 1000 feet long room with no obstacles in there whatsoever. I get about 170 feet here - with 5-6 walls separating me and the airport base.
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Posted by Gav on 29-Nov-2002 11:49 GMT
the text is a bit small, IMO. on a friday morning it's toooo painful to read!
Are You Receiving Me? : Comment 10 of 14ANN.lu
Posted by Ian on 29-Nov-2002 12:56 GMT
Biggest problem with wireless lans is the almost total lack of security, even the existing encryption techniques have already and easily been cracked.
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Posted by Paul H on 29-Nov-2002 13:24 GMT
In reply to Comment 10 (Ian):
> Biggest problem with wireless lans is the almost total lack of security, even > the existing encryption techniques have already and easily been cracked.
True, if you are thinking of going for a wireless system go for components that allow you to use an encryption method with a user key. This key is then set for each wireless interface and it will only except data using this key. (The WET11 devices for example can except 64 or 128 bit WEP encryption keys)
Changing the key from time to time will also provide better long term security... ....and if your neighbours (or that strange looking geezer (guy) in your back garden with a laptop) do hack into your network, a good wireless system with a proper firewall will aid detection and protection.
Have a look around on the web for the best ways to protect machines on wireless networks.
Are You Receiving Me? : Comment 12 of 14ANN.lu
Posted by Alex on 29-Nov-2002 16:04 GMT
In reply to Comment 11 (Paul H):
It's WEP he was talking about, it's a really weak protocol (yes, even at 128bit).
Do a search on airsnort, or WEP security.
Regrards,
Alex.
Are You Receiving Me? : Comment 13 of 14ANN.lu
Posted by Kjetil on 29-Nov-2002 18:18 GMT
In reply to Comment 12 (Alex):
well 64 or 128 bits is not so week if you only can change the key once and a while,
butt this is all most impossible think about an big firm having Townsend of wireless devices
every one have to be change manually one by one, once the encrypted key is entered the
device drops out of network, leaving you tow options get it back change all devices to the
encryption key or hardware reset the device you miss typed the encryption key on.
Are You Receiving Me? : Comment 14 of 14ANN.lu
Posted by Paul H on 29-Nov-2002 18:34 GMT
In reply to Comment 13 (Kjetil):
>> butt this is all most impossible think about an big firm having Townsend of >> wireless devices
>> every one have to be change manually one by one
I agree. For home use this is fine, for a business you would have to use another method. Anyone know what businesses should do to protect data on a wireless network??
Start to worry if you get "Warchalking" outside your house!
See http://www.warchalking.org/
You could always line your house with lead :) :) ;)
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