[Soekris] Turning the net4521 into an access point

Philip Decker Philip at Decker.net
Wed Jul 31 22:13:26 UTC 2002


If you can live with the transmit power of the Prism 2.5 reference design,
you can save yourself the pigtail hassle and RF loss by using:
D-Link DWL-520 <http://www.dlink.com/products/wireless/dwl520/>
which is probably a private labeled
Gemtek WL-360 <http://www.gemtek.com.tw/prod_wl_360.htm>

They are a native PCI card, with Prism 2.5 directly on card.

Not to be confused with the far less desirable LinkSys WMP11
http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=22&prid=196
which is a miniPCI Prism 2.5 mounted on a PCI card (under a shield), with a
hardwired pigtail joining the cards, and a lengthy RF trace to get to the
rear bracket connector.

In all cases the RF connector is Reverse SMA (RSMA).



----- Original Message -----
From: "Lars Eggert" <larse at ISI.EDU>
To: <soekris-tech at lists.soekris.com>
Sent: Wednesday, 31 July, 2002 2:25 PM
Subject: [Soekris] Turning the net4521 into an access point


> Hi,
>
> I'm trying to turn our net4521's into access points running FreeBSD, and
> have a few questions:
>
> 1. What "rubber ducky" antennas can I mount into the holes in the
> chassis? Where do I order them from?
>
> 2. What are good Prism-based 802.11b PC-cards (the Mini-PCI slot is used
> for the crypto accelerator)? I've heard that the Zcomax cards are
> decent, are there other/cheaper/better ones?
>
> 3. Where do I get pigtails to connect the Zcomax cards (MMCX connectors)
> to whatever "rubber ducky" antenna is recommended above?
>
> Thanks,
> Lars
> --
> Lars Eggert <larse at isi.edu>           USC Information Sciences Institute
> been looking at
>


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