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autopilot
2005-12-18, 10:18
Right, i have an SB3 on order, should be with me tuesday. I have bought and installed a PCI WiFi card ready for it. I plan to run them 'ad-hok' for now as the SB3 will be my first and only wireless device. However, i plan to get a PDA and PSP with wireless in the coming few weeks. What will i need so i can add these and more devices to my wireless network?

I dont need a router (i dont think so anyway), so what would be my cheapest option? Is this what acccess points are for?

I have been using PC's for years, it just up until now i have no experience with wireless and have ignored it up to now!

Many thanks :)

Mark Lanctot
2005-12-18, 12:46
I'm not an expert on ad-hoc mode, but I think
there is a reason why it's not very common.

I'd be concerned about speed, stability, DHCP and
IP address sorting, load on the central machine
and security (namely, no MAC address filtering, no
SPI firewall).

Wireless routers have gotten fairly cheap. They
allow control over your network in terms of DHCP
and IP addresses. Security is increased through
MAC address filtering and an SPI firewall.

In addition, the wireless coverage and speed is
greatly enhanced over a PCI card.

Also your PC in the ad-hoc network has a lot to
do. If it's a Windows device, it will use ICS
(Internet Connection Sharing) in addition to its
wireless network card utility. I find that the
Windows networking components and my wireless
network card utility program do not work well
together, even though it's an Intel wireless
networking application. I cannot imagine how bad
ICS would bork things up.

See
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/expert/bowman_02april08.mspx

An access point is a device which allows wired
network devices to access a wireless network.
It's a wireless radio module connected to an
Ethernet switch.

Perhaps my inexperience with ad-hoc mode is
showing, but there must be a reason why hardly
anyone does this.

However, trying it out costs you nothing, and if
it works for you, great! But a router is probably
the best way to go in the long run.

I haven't heard of anyone using ad-hoc with an
SB3. That's not to say it won't work, just that
it's not common. Let us know how/if it turns out.

dangerous_dom wrote:
> Right, i have an SB3 on order, should be with me
tuesday. I have bought
> and installed a PCI WiFi card ready for it. I plan
to run them 'ad-hok'
> for now as the SB3 will be my first and only
wireless device. However,
> i plan to get a PDA and PSP with wireless in the
coming few weeks. What
> will i need so i can add these and more devices to
my wireless network?
>
> I dont need a router (i dont think so anyway), so
what would be my
> cheapest option? Is this what acccess points are
for?
>
> I have been using PC's for years, it just up until
now i have no
> experience with wireless and have ignored it up to
now!
>
> Many thanks :)
>
>

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