[CS-FSLUG] wireless networking for beginners?

David McGlone david at dmcentral.net
Sun Mar 22 20:46:50 CDT 2009

On Saturday 21 March 2009 18:41:03 Ron Thompson wrote:
> Hi,
>    I'd like to learn how to set up networks, especially wireless networks,
> and I'm looking for a book suited for beginners.  Any suggestions?

Hi Ron, I don't think there would be enough information on wireless networks 
to make a book, unless it was about 4 pages long.

Basically it's the same as a wired network, minus the cables.

If your wanting a home wireless network, usually most of your preference 
settings will be on your router.

I have my router set up to get my dynamic IP from my ISP, but I turn off the 
DHCP on the router and I assign each of my computers a fixed IP within the IP 
pool of my router.

For example, my router uses the fixed IP's using the router's IP pool of IP's 
between -

After I select these options, you'll also need to supply the router with an 

Finally, set up your distro using the settings you specified in your router.

I have my 1st computers IP as and my laptop is and so 
on and so forth, then specify which ESSID you want to connect to, and finally 
specify your password if you set one up in the router settings. Personally I 
use MAC address filtering and a firewall, and I do not broadcast my ESSID.


David M.

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