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Re: [K12OSN] Mobile Wireless Lab?



I asked on the thinstation-general list, and got the following answer...

Hope it helps :)

Jon

TechFan <lists sf net ourholm net> wrote:

I have gotten wireless PCMCIA network cards working as of last week.  I
hadn't tried much before because unless I could encrypt it with WPA, it
wasn't an option in my environment.  I finally was officially asked to
get wireless working for a specific user and since I really wanted to
keep with a totally thinstation environment in that department, I
decided it was time to at least try to get it working.  I had to find a
802.11g card (more often support WPA) that could have a linux driver and
I ended up picking Atheros based network cards (they use the open source
madwifi support (can work in rc2, but should be working in rc3), but I
still haven't look at the details of the settings it has available
(though I need to include it for the tools) since I wanted to use
driver).  Pieter had previously created a wireless package and fixed
PCMCIAunsupported WPA encryption which I only remember possibly one
other person mentioning they had used before with thinstation.  I had to
recompile the kernel and compile the madwifi driver against the TS
source and and wpa_supplicant against the madwifi source, but I did get
it working just last week.  Since it requires the kernel to be
recompiled (only 3 checkmarks need to be changed - Crypto API and two of
the sub-options which I made Modules), it probably won't make it into
the general release and thus a package wouldn't be that helpful (and I
don't know how to create one anyway - with dependencies, etc).

On 4/15/05, casey woods <casey woods gmail com> wrote:
> I saw the Sourceforge file but I was a bit put off by the date.  I'll
> try it out.
> 
> I suppose my other option is to install a really minimal fat client,
> get the wireless support working, and then setup the desktop to run
> apps remotely.  I really would prefer not to though.  If only because
> it means having to install Linux 20 times.
> 
> Does anybody have a suggestion for a Linux desktop for older machines
> that has good wireless support?
> 
> Has anybody tried Thinstation, PXES, or any other thin solutions with
> wireless laptops?
> 
> - Casey
> 
> On 4/15/05, Rob Owens <hick518 yahoo com> wrote:
> > http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/ltsp/wireless_ltsp-3.0.5-i386.tgz?download
> >
> > This is the link to the wireless files you need.  If
> > you download and untar it, you'll find instructions on
> > how to use it.  Basically you create a boot floppy
> > which includes a kernel and then does all the nice
> > ltsp stuff.
> >
> > I tried it with an old laptop and haven't gotten it to
> > work yet.  I'm using a wired pcmcia card and I'm
> > suspecting that it might be incompatible w/ the
> > drivers on the boot floppy.  Included in the
> > documentation is a very short list of cards that were
> > tested and confirmed to work, and my Xircom card is
> > not on that list.
> >
> > My laptop only has 16MB of RAM, but I have NFS swap
> > enabled and the laptop never manages to mount the root
> > tree on the server, so I think the low RAM is not the
> > show stopper.  If anybody has any suggestions, I'd
> > appreciate it.
> >
> > -Rob
> >
> >
> > --- Casey Woods <casey woods gmail com> wrote:
> > > I've done a search on Wireless LTSP and the
> > > information seems a bit
> > > sketchy and there are a lot of gaps.  I hear rumors
> > > of a wireless LTSP
> > > package but I'm having a tough time finding details
> > > or a HOWTO.
> > >
> > > I have a mobile lab that includes 20 laptops.  All
> > > are Pentium 2 233s.
> > > Not sure what brand, but I'm going to guess Dell.
> > > All classrooms are
> > > wired, so they just plugin an access point, boot up
> > > the laptops with
> > > Win98 and off they go.   Slowly....
> > >
> > > We'd like to convert these laptops to thin clients.
> > > Is it possible to
> > > net boot with a PCMCIA wireless card?  I believe the
> > > cards are 802.11G
> > > so the network connection should be fast enough if I
> > > can get them to
> > > connect.  Could I install LTSP client software on
> > > the local hard drive?
> > > What are the chances it will work with my network
> > > card?  I'll do
> > > whatever it takes!
> > >
> > > If I can get this to work then they may hold a
> > > parade in my honor.
> > > You're all invited.
> > >
> > > I'd be interested to hear from you if you've got
> > > this working.
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > > Casey Woods
> > > Calgary Alberta
> > >
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