>Subject: Wireless LAN Adapters
>Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 12:40:50 -0700
>I need to set up a wireless LAN several miles apart I have seen that the
>linux Kernel 2.30 in redhat 4.2 supports several types of radio NIC's.
>If anyone has had any experience with any of them, or beefing them up
>with amplifiers Yagi ant. etc. please let me know what your experience
Ive used a number of the older style ATT Wavelan cards with Linux for some
They work well and if the distance over which you wish to operate is short , <
5 kms or so , you may even get away with the little plastic patch antennas
that come with the cards, (provided that you have line of sight].
To get further you will need a gain antenna.
I am using small parabolic grid antennas which are popular here is Australia
for pay TV , which operates in an adjacent band to the Wavelan cards.
They come is 16 and 24 dbi gain versions.
The older style Wavelan cards are slowly being obsoleted , but they are
relatively cheap if you can find a source.
The newer half length cards are also Linux supported , but cost about double
I dont have experiance with the newer cards.