I've been using the exact 2655W for years. It works like a charm, offers
MAC filtering as well as hardware WEP so speed is not impacted when WEP
I'm still trying to figure out if the 4501 will handle a PPTP
connection (WLAN security) without slowing down everything or if I
should connect the 2655W AP to the file server (behind the firewall) and
setup the PPTP server on this machine.
Chad R. Larson wrote:
>At 06:58 AM 2/12/2004, Dany Nativel wrote:
>>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 ?
>That's one I'm still playing with. I've got a net4501 with a Prism-based
>miniPCI card (from Netgate). It seems that sending anything like a
>continuous stream of data over the wireless side of the world (like running
>software update on my Mac iBook) will wedge it solid. No response to
>wireless, nor wired interfaces (even the console). Power cycle is only option.
>I believe the wi driver must be doing a lot of work with interrupts
>disabled on each packet, and the 4501 runs out of CPU for user-land.
>A net4801 might fix that, just because it is faster.
>I have had much better luck with a cheap SMC WAP (SMC 2655W) connected to
>the DMZ port, and I also get MAC level filtering to boot.
>But I'm stubborn, and after spending the money for the wireless radio, and
>spending an afternoon drilling holes in the Soekris case for the antenna,
>I'm going to try to fix the problem with traffic shaping on the wireless
>segment. I'll let everyone know how that works out.
>By the way, I rebuilt my bp27 image to put the watchdog back in. At least
>I don't have to crawl under the table to cycle the power on my box. Just
>wait about a half minute and it comes back. I tried to convince Manuel to
>leave it in (hint-hint), but apparently people prefer to have their box go
>flakey when overloaded than to cleanly restart.
>Chad R. Larson (CRL22) chad at eldocomp dot com
> Eldorado Computing, Inc. 602-604-3100
> 5353 North 16th Street, Suite 400
> Phoenix, Arizona 85016-3228
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