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LINUX & Wireless LANs

LAST UPDATED:  Sunday 11th March 2007


ACME foXServe

foXServe is a full featured Apache 1.3.37 Embedded WebServer with PHP 5.0.5, SQLite, mod_dav and mod_ssl running on ACME SYSTEMS srl Fox Board 832. With foXServe is possible to control I/O and a LCD Display Hitachi HD44780 directly from your PHP script. We developed a set of PHP extensions that let you control logic hardware connected directly to the Fox Board with a web PHP script.

March 2007




A TUX that really runs Linux

TUX Case is a TUX-shaped plastic enclosure that is designed to house the Acme Systems tiny Embedded Linux FOX Board LX and runs a fully Linux OS inside its belly

A special edition of FOX Board LX named foXServe is available with a preinstalled Linux image that includes Apache, PHP and SQLite to have on your desktop the first TUX that runs Linux inside.

TUX Case is 16.9 cm high (6.66 inches) and can house a FOX Board LX plus an add-on board. The rear side is already holed for the FOX Board LX connectors (Ethernet, 2xUSB, DC input).

March 2007

Linux WLAN

Linux WLAN Products from Absolute Value Systems ..


How to setup a web server:

The apache server setup installation script that comes with this guide makes it simple to setup a web server. You simply follow the step by step RedHat installation outlined, copy the script included to a floppy or cd and place it on your server per the ebook guide instructions, then run the install script. That's all there is to it. Also included is a comprehensive reference guide for new Linux users who wish to setup and administer their own Linux home computer, workstation and/or their home or small office network.

You can download the free version here (the install script is not included). With the free guide we provide a sample httpd.conf file, a sample dns zone file, and more to make setting up a web server easy. You can Buy the full version which includes the install script. Get a copy of our Red Hat Linux Apache Knowledgebase ebook. It's a great way to troubleshoot your web server configuration and it's Free.

Oct. 2005



After seeing the direction certain Linux Distributions were heading in, a group of dissatisfied users/developers decided that there was little reason for the idea of a GPL Linux Firewall Distribution of such potential to be, simply, extinguished.

IPCop Linux is a complete Linux Distribution whose sole purpose is to protect the networks it is installed on. By implementing existing technology, outstanding new technology and secure programming practices IPCop is the Linux Distribution for those wanting to keep their computers/networks safe.

Oct 2003



What is Kismet?

Kismet is a 802.11b wireless network sniffer - it is different from a normal network sniffer (such as Ethereal or tcpdump) because it separates and identifies different wireless networks in the area. Kismet works with any wireless card which is capable of reporting raw packets (rfmon support), which include any prism2 based card (Linksys, D-Link, Rangelan, etc), Cisco Aironet cards, and Orinoco based cards. Kismet also supports the WSP100 remote sensor by Network Chemistry.

Jan 2003




Here is a collection of links to help you integrate Linux with Amateur Radio operations. This mostly involves packet radio and the AX.25 protocol for moving TCP/IP over radio.

Important note: This content has not been updated since May of 2001. I don't know if I'll take up the effort again or not. This page is being kept up as a historical resource, and a good launching point, but you should check other resources for newer information.

Good luck! --Delbert Matlock

Oct 2003


Our goal is to provide the highest possible concentration of quality information regarding the use of Linux in embedded applications. We intend to accomplish this by enabling YOU, the real Linux experts, to share information with others in a free and open manner. We will depend on the motivation and integrity of the embedded Linux developer community to make this vision a reality.

Our site features news, articles, polls, discussion forums, event listings, job listings, product listings, resource listings, sponsors, and an extensive resource directory -- all exclusively focused on using Linux in embedded applications. Please check these out, and feel free to use the "post" functions to add more embedded Linux content for all to share. Or, email us URLs where we can gather good quality content of interest to developers of embedded Linux based systems.

Jan 2003

Linux FreeS/WAN

Linux FreeS/WAN is an implementation of IPSEC & IKE for Linux.

IPSEC is Internet Protocol SECurity. It uses strong cryptography to provide both authentication and encryption services. Authentication ensures that packets are from the right sender and have not been altered in transit. Encryption prevents unauthorised reading of packet contents.

These services allow you to build secure tunnels through untrusted networks. Everything passing through the untrusted net is encrypted by the IPSEC gateway machine and decrypted by the gateway at the other end. The result is Virtual Private Network or VPN. This is a network which is effectively private even though it includes machines at several different sites connected by the insecure Internet.

The IPSEC protocols were developed by the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) and will be required as part of IP Version Six, the next generation. They are also being widely implemented for IP V4. In particular, nearly all vendors of any type of firewall or security software have IPSEC support either shipping or in development. There are also several open source IPSEC projects. Several companies are co-operating in the Secure Wide Area Network (S/WAN) project to ensure that products will interoperate. There is also a VPN Consortium fostering cooperation among companies in this area.

Our project's primary objective is to help make IPSEC widespread by providing source code which is freely available, runs on a range of machines including ubiquitous cheap PCs, and is not subject to US or other nations' export restrictions.

Setting Up and Connecting

with a Linux PDA
by Michael Schmidt

Connecting with a Linux PDA

The focus of this article is not about setting up a PDA to run Linux although some of the process will be covered. If you are interested in installing Linux to your PDA, I recommend following some of the links listed in this article.

When I started this article I had two PDAs running PocketPC 2002. Therefore, the first action was to install Linux on one of them. I started with this HOW-TO ( and installed the bootloader. The process basically involves using ActiveSync to copy a file to your PocketPC and then execute it. The program allows you to backup your PocketPC ROM and then flashes the new bootloader, which is capable of loading the Linux kernel. When you reboot the iPAQ at this stage you get a nice splash screen and the capability to connect to the PDA using HyperTerminal.


Linux Publix Broadcasting Network

LPBN is in the process of obtaining 501c3 non-profit status. LPBN streams video and audio content for the public good...for free!

We have content of all kinds: Political events, government forums, Linux user group meetings, internet radio stations, technical demos and tutorials, bands, Wireless user groups meetings, medical educational videos, talk shows, music, community groups, artists, and just about any hobby or non-profit you can come up with. We do everything from production to encoding to the streaming itself on our growing network.

Mission Statement: To integrate the spirit of open source with the social fabric.

Linux Public Broadcasting Network is named after the Linux kernel portion of the GNU/Linux Operating System. It is an internet audio/video platform with a distributed network of servers.

The LPBN logo is atomic in nature. The connections that surround the logo represent a fabric of human interactions over a network of GNU/Linux servers.

LPBN is a fractal system of human interaction. As understanding of the LPBN increases, the greater and more complex the level of perception of the LPBN.

Help Yourself




Free Software and Open Source video streaming solution for every OS!

The VideoLAN project targets multimedia streaming of MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and DivX files, DVDs, digital satellite channels, digital terrestial television channels and live videos on a high-bandwidth IPv4 or IPv6 network in unicast or multicast under many OSes. VideoLAN also features a cross-plaform multimedia player, VLC, which can be used to read the stream from the network or display video read locally on the computer under all GNU/Linux flavours, all BSD flavours, Windows, Mac OS X, BeOS, Solaris, QNX, Familiar Linux...

VideoLAN is free software, and is released under the GNU General Public License. It started as a student project at the French École Centrale Paris but is now a worldwide project with developers from 20 countries.

Oct 2003


The Linux Wireless LAN Howto

The Linux Wireless LAN Howto

"I've decided to collect all the information about Wireless LANs and Linux that I was able to find. The goal was also to document my work and to become famous :-) You will find all that information in the Linux Wireless LAN Howto,available in HTML, PostScript and PDF (see below)".

  Jean Tourrihes


OPEN ACCESS POINT, Where 802.11 meets Open-Source Software

Here you can find the complete source code, build environment, and instructions for flashing an 802.11 access point with linux 2.4.17. The end product is a linux-based access point providing full wireless services, including multipoint to multipoint wireless bridging (802.1d), while at the same time distributing fully standard 802.11b connections to end users.

OpenAP hardware and equipment

You must obtain the following hardware to create your OpenAP.

An access point based on the Eumitcom WL11000SA-N board.

This is the OpenAP hardware platform. Eumitcom WL11000SA-N boards are resold as:

  • US Robotics (USR 2450) (tested)
  • SMC EZconnect (2652W) (tested)
  • Addtron (AWS-100) (untested)


Open Brick Org

OpenBrick is a small, light and silent open platform optimized for Open Source / Free Software solutions (firewall, micro-server, PABX, thin client, multimedia...). It is available for 300 to 400 EUR. It is distributed by a network of Open Source / Free Software companies who are joining through the OpenBrick Foundation to optimize it for GNU/Linux and FreeBSD, adapt it to new applications and improve its specifications. Join the OpenBrick Mailing List to share your experience and get the latest news updates from the OpenBrick community.

March 2004


OpenH323 Gatekeeper - The GNU Gatekeeper

The GNU Gatekeeper (GnuGk) is a full featured H.323 gatekeeper, available freely under GPL license. It is based on the Open H.323 stack. Both components together form the basis for a free IP telephony system (VOIP).

Oct 2005



2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11a+b+g

Wireless Mini-PCI Card

2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11a+b+g Wireless Mini-PCI Card (R52)
For use with Microtik Router Boards (see below)

Operates in both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless bands
Long distances and high speeds
FCC and CE approval

MikroTik introduces the R52 wireless 802.11a+b+g miniPCI card for multiband high speed applications, it has new Atheros AR5414 chipset with Turbo/Super G (air rate 108Mbps on 802.11g 2.4GHz).

R52 works on 2.312 - 2.499GHz and 4.920 - 6.100GHz frequency range.

802.11b/g 2.312 – 2.497 (5 MHz step);
802.11a 4.920 – 6.100 (5 MHz step)

Security: Hardware 64 and 128 bit WEP; Hardware TKIP and AES-CCM
encryption; 802.1x WPA authentication

Modulation: 802.11b+g: DSSS, OFDM for data rate >30Mbps 802.11a: OFDM

Power requirements: 3.3V +/- 10% DC; 400mA max (300mA typ.)

Router boards and full sets of auxilliary psu, pigtail leads and enclosures available.



Open Projects Net exists to provide an interactive environment for free software and open source projects and support groups. Our network is currently implemented using Internet Relay Chat (IRC). Our aim is to help improve the communication and coordination skills of our participants and to maintain a friendly, efficient environment for project coordination and technical support.

In 1998, OPN had about 100 users and less than 20 channels. We currently peak at nearly 4,000 users and over 1,300 channels. It's hard to maintain a friendly IRC environment, and we put a lot of effort into it. It requires social hacks and software hacks. We continue to grow and we'll keep working to ensure that the network remains a productive and a useful place.


Recipe for a Linux 802.11b Home


Recipe for a Linux 802.11b Home Network

by Schuyler Erle

I set about about building a wireless gateway using Linux, 802.11b, and an old PC. The project was a stunning success. Doing it right took some research, and a bit of trial-and-error, but it seemed to me that, in the end, the task was straightforward enough that anyone with the right hardware and a little know-how could easily replicate our results. Therefore I've endeavored to produce my "recipe" for an 802.11b gateway for you to follow at home.

by Schuyler Erle


Radionet Open Source Environment

ROSE is an open source implementation of the software Radionet has used in building citywide WLAN Hotzones in Finland. The package includes a collection of open source software as well as Radionet’s own technology. Based on customized Linux, ROSE offers a comprehensive software environment and it is available free of charge under a GNU General Public License (GPL).

ROSE is targeted at WLAN equipment manufacturers and systems integrators as well as private users. For the former, ROSE reduces time to market and cuts development costs by providing an easy-to-use and open platform for developing WLAN solutions. The software can be easily customized with e.g. different graphical user interfaces or authentication solutions and extended by additional Radionet feature packages, which are available under commercial licenses.




Toshiba SG20 Linux WLAN SERVER

Toshiba's Computer Systems Group (Irvine, CA) recently introduced the Magnia SG20 wireless mobility server, a compact, Linux-based portable wireless server. About the size of a typical notebook computer, the appliance-like device is intended to make it easy to pack up an entire network and take it on the road. Described by Toshiba as a "wireless network in a box that allows users to securely access and share files, printers, and an Internet account," the Magnia SG20 is targeted toward small and medium-sized offices, mobile consultants, remote offices in large organizations, home offices, and other applications needing mobile networking capability.

By simply adding a wireless PC Card, the Magnia SG20 seamlessly connects wireless-enabled devices using Wi-Fi technology (802.11b) without the need for an external 'wireless access point'. The system offers a number of other useful server features, including web caching, content filtering, backup, email services, and remote administration. Configurable firewall protection guards against unwanted intrusion over the Internet, and the device also provides a virtual private network (VPN) feature which offers secure access to authorized users when connecting from offsite locations.

Internally, the Magnia SG20 is based on an Intel 566MHz Celeron processor with up to 512MB ECC SDRAM (128MB is standard). The system comes with one or two 2.5-inch EIDE 15GB or 30GB hard drive (both drives must be of equal capacity). A simple status display is built directly into the device; it consists of a 2-line by 16-character backlit LCD, along with a scroll button.

US $1440

July 2002



ROUTERBOARD.COM - Microtik - Latvia

Introducing RB/100 series, the perfect low cost CPE! RB/133c is very small and cost-effective board. With one LAN and one miniPCI you can use it on wireless sites as best price/performance CPE board available on market, and at only 59$! RB/153 adds more interfaces (five LAN and three miniPCI), on same time keeping price low. Our boards are designed for RouterOS to use resources efficiently. We have achieved 27Mbps with Nstreme2 on point-to-point link, using pair of RB/112 and R52 wireless cards.

Mar 2007


Wireless Access


for Linux

Wireless Access Points for Linux

Wireless Access Point Utilites for Unix - it's a set of utilites to configure and monitor Wireless Access Points under Unix using SNMP protocol. Utilites knownly compiles by GCC and IBM C compiler and run under Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, MacOS-X, AIX, QNX.

Supported Access Points
Manufacturer Models Utilites
Linksys WAP11 ap-config, ap-trapd, ap-mrtg
SMC MC2655W ap-config, ap-trapd, ap-mrtg
D-Link DWL 900AP ap-config, ap-trapd, ap-mrtg
D-Link DWL 1000AP ap-config
Zoom ZoomAir11AP ap-config
Netgear ME102 ap-config, ap-trapd, ap-mrtg
BELKIN COMPONENT F5D6130 ap-config, ap-trapd, ap-mrtg
Edimax WLAN Access Point ap-config, ap-trapd, ap-mrtg
Global Sun ProWave GL2411AP ap-config, ap-trapd, ap-mrtg
Compex WavePort WP11 ap-config
Eumitcom WA3001A ap-config, ap-trapd, ap-mrtg
Smartbridges airPoint, airBridge ap-config, ap-trapd, ap-mrtg
GemTek Access Point WX-1500 ap-config
Target WLAP 24212 Wireless Access Point ap-config, ap-trapd, ap-mrtg
GemTek Technologies Co, Ltd TEW-210APB ap-config, ap-trapd, ap-mrtg
Wlink System, inc. Wen-2021 ap-config, ap-trapd, ap-mrtg
CC&C Technologies Access Point ap-config, ap-trapd, ap-mrtg
Telecom T-Sinus 130X ap-config, ap-trapd, ap-mrtg
Intellinet AP, Wireless Bridge ap-config, ap-trapd, ap-mrtg
Ovislink Airlive WL-1100AP Access Point ap-config, ap-trapd, ap-mrtg


Dec 2003

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