> I hope to setup a small network using wireless lan. My thinking is to have
> a linux which is connected to the isp and then have a small wireless
> network for windows and linux machines. I have zero understianding in
> terms of what is the easist hardware that I should get so that I will
> drivers both windows and linux (critical, I guess). I will be running
> redhat distribution 7.2.
> Thank you in advance for your recommendations.
You need a router - I have a Netgear MR314 which is easy to set up. My CM
plugs directly into the router. The Linux box has a direct ethernet
connection to the router, so no special wireless drivers are needed. You
also need some adapters for the other machines. Windows drivers are
provided on CD for these. I use D-Link USB adapters (D-Link stuff seems to
be good, I might have bought a D-Link router if I hadn't already got the
Netgear). USB adapters are easy to set up, and the cable enables you to
orient the adapter so that you get the best signal. I'm not keen on
wireless cards, I don't think they pick up the signal so well, and are very
picky about orientation. Much depends on the nature of the building you
are operating in. The thicker the walls, the harder it is to pick up a
good signal. Unless you're a professional, I think it's all a bit hit and
miss, but mine works OK, after some experimentation. If one of the remote
machines is also Linux, then you need to make sure the right things are
enabled in the kernel (I'd do some research on what is supported before I
bought adapters for Linux, I have no experience of this).