Friday, July 16, 2004

Ebay and the WRT54G

OK, I think I'm pretty much sold on the Linksys WRT54G, so I've been looking around at prices. Of course, I've checked ebay, but the prices there are almost as much (and sometimes even more) than what I'd be paying at ebuyer or amazon.

More thoughts on WRT54G

Thinking about, the WRT54G wouldn't fully eliminate the need for the firewall box, for the moment at least. Untill I get upgraded to the new Ethernet based Homechoice, I'm still stuck with the somewhat odd USB based serial PPP setup, so I would still need something sitting in between the WRT54G and the homechoice box. What I would want to do is make that setup appear as similar as possible to the Ethernet HC setup, so when I do get the upgrade it would be a matter of plugging the router from the bridge pc and straight into the new HC box (though I suppose I might need to power cycle the router).

Fortunatly, my friend Graham already has the ethernet hc, so I might have to go around and have a look at it.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Lucent WaveLan Silver card

Today I won on ebay a Lucent WaveLan 802.11b Silver PCMCIA card to use with the new Newton. Hopefully it'll get here soon, however I still haven't decided on how I'm going to setup the wireless lan in the flat - I'm not sure whether to get a standalone AP or to try and get the firewall/router pc I'm intending to setup to act as an AP. A standalone AP would be the probably be the easiest solution but setting up the firewall to be the AP would take up less space (which is at a premium). I suppose it will mostly depend on whichever is the cheaper option - a standalone AP or a PCI card that can be used as AP (which appears to be any card with an Intersil Prism 2 chipset). Oh, and then there's the little matter of should I go for an 802.11b only network or an 802.11b/g one. While b/g would be more futureproof it's more expensive and as I'm mainly setting this up for the newton I won't be using the g option for some time.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

A New Newton

I've got myself a new Newton - this one's an MP2000! I'm looking forward to trying to figure out how to get it to work with WiFi (I know I need Hiroshi's driver and WaveLan based WiFi - ebay here I come)