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 From:  Christiaens Joachim <jchristi at oce dot be>
 To:  "'Dany Nativel'" <dany underscore list at natzo dot com>
 Cc:  m0n0wall-list <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  RE: [m0n0wall] PCI WLAN card vs Ethernet WLAN AP
 Date:  Thu, 12 Feb 2004 15:21:59 +0100
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dany Nativel [mailto:dany underscore list at natzo dot com]
> Sent: donderdag 12 februari 2004 14:58
> To: m0n0wall-list
> Subject: [m0n0wall] PCI WLAN card vs Ethernet WLAN AP
> On a Soekris board (4501 in my case), is there any advantage 
> of using a 
> mini-PCI WLAN card over an external WLAN AP connected through 
> one of the 
> ethernet port ?
> It looks like to me that the external solution eliminates all 
> the driver 
> problems and allows to use newer technology like 802.11a or g 
> as well as 
> newer authentication methods. They're even cheaper for the 
> 802.11b. On 
> the other hand, WEP key management may be easier to manage on 
> m0n0wall.
> Dany

I don't use WEP, but use PPTP to secure my wireless network (which will be
replaced by IPsec). The wireless AP is indeed an external 802.11g model,
which might be overkill for internet-only access, but very welcome for my
LAN-fileserver, to be used by my wireless clients.

All works very well (note: you have to create separate rules GRE and 1723 to
use the PPTP server from another interface than WAN) and stable. I even use
an IPsec client (safenet) to create a tunnel through the PPTP tunnel over
wireless and through NAT to a watchguard-bordered LAN!

I let port 80 pass (limited bandwidth) to the net (!LAN) for any
non-authenticated users.

This is at my home, there is alot more in Luxemburg and Brussels :-)


P.S. Still looking for someone that can tell me how to create an IPsec
tunnel to a watchguard from tne m0n0..

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