Thanks, I read the primer, so really the bridge is acting like a high power wireless card.
Yes, basically, it is a high-gain wifi card attached to a ethernet interface. [/quote]Sorry I couldnt understand why I would use an access point or setup my own wireless network to get wireless network, I am too used to using wireless or routers to setup a network for home. It never dawned on me to use it this way.
what distances are you getting with this configuration? [/quote]
I setup a terrestrial link, using the NS2s that is about 2.5 miles... but that is in a relatively rural setting, without much in the way of additional radio interference. The NS2 is designed for WAN WiFi links, and is specced to reach as far as 15 KM under the proper conditions.
and is it hard to setup for other locations when you are on the move?
Configuration of the NS2 takes a bit of getting used to, as it uses a web-based interface. However, one major advantage of the NS2 is that it avoids any driver configuration/stability issues, unlike many of the USB-based solutions. A second advantage is that it means you don't have to continually muck with the WiFi settings in your laptop either. Finally, it does have the advantage of being able to be hoisted a good way up the mast without the resulting signal losses or need for a booster USB cable that using a traditional amplified antenna or USB-based device would create.
Do you find that there are alot of open networks? or do you pay alot?
thanks, this is helping, I went to a weather seminar last night expecting to learn how to predict weather, and it seems nowadays predicting means going to the internet.....thus wireless.....
From the war-driving I've done, I've found that open wireless networks are pretty common. Jiwire.com
is a website that has a fairly large database of them. Personally, I'm against open WiFi networks, and see them as a security risk... which is why I wrote the WiFi security primer in the first place.