1. Introduction

Welcome to the irc.freenode.net/#wireless Frequently Asked Questions page. Look here first for resources and tips on doing your Wifi magic.

Other websites you should look at for help are:

Community Wireless Networks who hang out here.

The Questions!


2. General IRC Channel Questions

2.1. Who runs the channel

2.2. Is irc.freenode.net the same as irc.freenetworks.org

No, irc.freenode.net is a seperate IRC network.

2.3. Where did irc.freenetworks.org go?

The irc.freenetworks.org server is offline but the rest of the WirelessIRC network can be reached through one of these servers:

2.4. I asked a question but no one is answering me!!

2.5. I'm a profiteering wisp and I hate you non-profit idiots

2.6. Some asshole named 'aml' banned or kicked me. Wtf?

2.7. Why am I op'd?

2.8. Who is WifiFred?

2.9. Are there channel archives?

3. Community Wireless Issues

3.1. Where can I find a Community Wireless Group to hook up with?

3.2. Where can I find peering agreements for Community Wireless networks?

3.3. Where can I find an acceptable use policy for my community wireless hotspot?

4. Commercial (for-profit) Wireless Issues

4.1. How can I make money?

4.2. Why are WISPs so hostile to community wireless?

5. General Linux Stuff

5.1. How do I install <blah> package?

5.2. Are there any small linux distros with wireless?

6. Wireless Network Card Questions

6.1. What is the best 802.11b wireless card?

6.3. What about driverloader / ndiswrapper?

6.4. Will my Broadcom chipset wireless card work in Linux or *BSD? (Linksys wmp11v2.7 and Dell Truemobile 1180 for example)

6.5. Will my Atmel chipset wireless card work in Linux or OS X? (SMC2632W)

6.6. I'd like to try doing ___________ with 802.11b. Will it work?

6.7. Do 802.11a cards work under Linux or *BSD?

6.8. Do 802.11g cards work under Linux?

6.9. I'm trying to use my ________ (prism2 chipset card) under linux, and I can't figure out wlan-ng, help!

6.10. What driver should I use for Linux?

6.11. How do I get my Linksys WPC11 to work under Linux?

6.12. How can I find out what chipset my wireless card uses?

6.13. I want a wireless network scanner under Linux, or help configuring one, please?

6.14. How do I enable monitor mode with this Orinoco?

6.15. Will my USB wireless adapter work under Linux?

6.16. How can I find what version of Firmware my Wireless Network card has?

6.17. I want to install some kind of authentication software for my wireless network, can I do that?

7. Antennas and stuff

7.1. dB, dBm, dBi, mW, W.... What is all this stuff?

7.2. How can I calculate the distance my antenna will have?

7.3. What is the best antenna?

7.4. How can I hack an antenna onto my wireless card?

7.5. I want to build my own antenna, where are instructions to do that?

7.6. What's the deal with reverse polarity (RP) connectors?

8. Connecting to Networks

8.1. How do I find wireless networks around me?

8.2. How do I connect to a wireless network?

8.3. How do I hack into my neighbors Wireless Network?

8.4. How do I crack WEP?

8.5. Why won't someone on #wireless help me crack my, ahh, own network ?

8.6. What system do I need for 902.10 Wireless on my TV

9. Network Configuration help

9.1. How do I setup my network to automatically get an IP address?

9.2. What commands do I need to use?

10. Building A HotSpot or Network

10.1. What is a captive portal?

10.2. What captive portal/gateway software is available?

10.3. Where can I find documentation on NoCat?

11. Security Concerns

11.1. How broken is WEP, anyway?

11.2. So what could I use, then?

Help with windows specific stuff in NetworkCommands and AssociationWithNetworks would be greatly appreciated. I have pictures and commands for the orinoco software under windows that I can take care of, but anything else is fair game. Further wikiizing this page (like the lucent cards), and any further FAQ's would also be welcome :) --ForrestEnglish