I looked at the Soekris kit first, and xseveral other kits, but decided to
install a Netgear MA311 PCI card [at cost of about EUR 50 or less
presently, and therefore substantially less then the Netgate kit]. It has
a required Prism 2.5 chipset [read more about the FreeBSD WI-card drivers
and required hardware]. I then marked and drilled an dia 8 mm hole into
the 4501 casing to lead and connect the antenna outside.
Another dia 1 or 2 mm hole could be drilled to observe the led activity of
the WI-card from outside, but I skipped that step.
This works pretty well for me, although I have not engaged in the issue of
various strength of the signal for various cards.
The card has to be activated via telnet on the monowall terminal menu
first, can then be configured via the GUI.
I'll say again, the combination of Soekris 4501 and Monowall simply works,
which is a huge compliment to the programmer and contributors.
best regards : ed bongaerts
On Saturday 08 November 2003 02:36, Jim McBeath wrote:
> Netgate offers some "Soekris kits" that include a mini-PCI board,
> pigtails, and antennas for their wireless boards for use in a Soekris
> box. I've got a net4501, so those kits look pretty convenient. I think
> I will have to drill some holes in my case, though, since there don't
> seem to be any cut-outs for antennas. My questions:
> 1. Has anyone else here put a wireless card into a net4501 box?
> Any hints or tips on how to handle the antennas?
> 2. Has anyone used the Netgate EL-5354MP Aries card with m0n0wall?
> It's an "Atheros 802.11a/g 5354 ARIES Type IIIa mini PCI card".
> Does the m0n0wall kernel have drivers for that in it, or will I have
> to do some hacking? The Netgate web page for this card says "BSD
> drivers are in the kernel tree", but I don't know if that means they
> are in m0n0. Will it work in all the a/b/g modes, or is it a waste
> of money to buy this card in this situation?
> Jim McBeath
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