I am not sure if it is compatible, but you could maybe try something like
this too. It is a PCI network card with a built in 4 port switch. If it
works, it may be ideal for what you are looking to do
it used Broadcom BCM5705 processor and shows up int the FreeBSD 6.2
compatiblity as bge(4) (not exact card, but processor family does) Good
From: Lee Sharp [mailto:leesharp at hal dash pc dot org]
Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 11:28 AM
To: m0n0wall -
Subject: Re: [m0n0wall] Bridge Multiple Interfaces
Paul Rae wrote:
> I currently have a Soekris 4801 with addon card giving it a total of 5
> eth0 - WAN
> eth1 - LAN
> eth2 - Wifi
> eth3 - unused
> eth4 - unused
> Currently the LAN and Wifi interfaces are bridged and all devices run on
the same subnet.
> My current wifi setup has three AP's running in WDS repeater bridge mode.
This is a little slow but works for the moment.
> I have now had the chance to get cat5 laid to all of the AP's, so plan on
changing things so they run as pure AP's to increase throughput.
> My original plan has been to stick an AP on each of the unused ports on
the soekris and bridge them all to the LAN interface, but it seems from my
testing you can only bridge one interface.
> So the question is what is the best and easiest way to do this?
> Also there are a few constraints....
> Unfortunately dues to space constraints, I can't put a switch on the
current Wifi interface and plug them all in there. Also do to cable layout,
all three cat5 cables for the AP's terminate near the router. The router is
nowhere near the main switch used for the LAN, so it's not even like I can
plug them in there. Ideally i would like to avoid doing that as it means
messing around with more cabling, but more importantly i would lose the
ability to monitor the traffic going through each of the wifi interfaces
(currently use mrtg to record traffic data on each interface).
A small 5 port switch and SNMP capable APs. That way MRTG can hit the
APs directly, and all wireless is on one port. You might be able to
power match your switch as well, as I have seen 5v 7.5v and 12v small
switches. That and a 3 way pigtail means 1 wall-wart for your setup.
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