Best equipment/method for creating home wireless network?

Derek Broughton news at
Wed Oct 5 16:26:55 UTC 2005

Walter Tautz wrote:

Please don't just use "Reply" to hijack somebody else's thread...

> Hi folks, Just wondering if one can recommend equipment
> to setup a home wireless network. I currently use DSL service.
> I know there are wireless modems from my provider (bell sympatico).
> Any recommendations?

1) Don't use theirs if you can avoid it.  I imagine you can't hack it
(legally) and it'll cost much more than it's worth.

> I suppose the ultimate control would be achieved by using a cheap PC
> as my gateway to the home network with somekind of wireless device
> attached... any thoughts?

2) get a Linksys WRT54G and install any 3rd party firmware on it (I'm
running sveasoft Talisman, but there are good OSS options too).  Then
you're running a Linux router without the overhead of having to use a PC -
and you can still modify the linux OS on the router.

> Can I make my network private, i.e.
> if 2 or more computers connect to the outside world it should look like
> only 1 computer is visible (NAT?).

That's the normal operation with any wireless router.

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