Wireless network, Ubuntu 8.10.

Johnny Rosenberg gurus.knugum at gmail.com
Sun Jun 7 18:21:22 UTC 2009

2009/6/7 Nils Kassube <kassube at gmx.net>:
> Johnny Rosenberg wrote:
>> I have a wired Internet connection and it works like it should. I
>> don't get the 100 Mb/s, but it's fast enough and I don't complain.
>> We have three computers. One laptop (the one I use right now) with
>> Ubuntu 8.10, one desktop PC, also with Ubuntu 8.10 and finally one
>> Eee PC 900 with Mandriva Linux Free 2009.1.
>> Every one of the computers have wireless network cards and now I
>> thought it would be nice if at least the two laptops (Ubuntu 8.10 and
>> Mandriva Linux Free 2009.1) could share folders and files, but I
>> really don't know where to start. I don't have a router or anything
>> and I don't want to connect the wireless stuff to the Internet since
>> I already have the Internet through the wired stuff.
> Without a wireless router your options are a bit limited. You could use
> ad-hoc mode but AFAIK you can't use that mode with WPA / WPA2, so your
> network would be more or less unsecured.

That could actually be the main reason why I failed all the time…

> Another option would be to make
> one of the PCs your wireless access point but not every WLAN card can
> operate in that mode. Then you would install the package hostapd on the
> machine which can operate as AP and let it work as master for your
> wireless network and let the other PC(s) connect to that machine. But be
> warned, this isn't easy. If you want something easy, use a router.

Ok, thanks for your (and other's) advise. I actually have a router but
I kind of hoped that I didn't have to use it because it sucks… I
bought it a couple of years ago, when I only had Windows machines, and
I never managed to set up a network anyway plus that the Internet
connection was lost all the time, so I figured that I didn't buy the
absolutely best router on the market…

> Making the wireless connection between the PCs is only the first step
> though. The second step is to enable file sharing in some way. That
> could be done with NFS, SSHFS, SAMBA, maybe others. My favourite is NFS.

I was also thinking NFS, but as you said, that's the next step after
buying a router… I have no Windows machines so I guess SAMBA isn't
needed, and I don't want to be compatible with Windows in any way

So I guess I'll just give up the idea having two computers talk to
each other via the built in wireless network cards and buy a router
and start all over from there.


Johnny Rosenberg

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