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 From:  Jim Thompson <jim at netgate dot com>
 To:  Daniele Guazzoni <daniele dot guazzoni at gcomm dot ch>
 Cc:  Andrew Lewis <andrew at coastal dot com>, m0n0wall dash dev at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall-dev] WIMAX support
 Date:  Wed, 26 Oct 2005 14:13:29 -1000
On Oct 26, 2005, at 8:02 AM, Daniele Guazzoni wrote:

> Finally someone who thinks the same way I do...
> Andrew Lewis wrote:
>> Something that has always puzzled me about this sort of question  
>> is why one *needs* drivers for something that is somewhat  
>> specialized.  Why doesn't an Ethernet to WiMAX/Laser/whatever  
>> bridge suffice?
> For instance all the discussions going around few time ago  
> regarding support for 802.11g mini-pci in m0n0wall can be very easy  
> resolved:
> buy an 802.11g access-point and connect it to m0n0wall !
> That's what I'm doing and I really don't see what would be the big  
> advantage of using a mini-pci instead (beside the space used).
> Almost every network related technology comes with ethernet  
> interfaces so why bother with drivers ?

Because then you have two points to control and manage.

 From a security standpoint, if you attach an 802.11g "access point"  
to your m0n0wall then you have no control of any of the devices that  
stay on the wireless side of the AP.

For device manufacturers and service providers, this is also a  
nightmare, 2 power supplies, 2 boxes, 2 configurations, etc.