Playing with ndiswrapper
Very impressed so far. Purchased a Dick Smith XH8227 802.11g USB network adapter as they were on closeout for a reasonable price. There are efforts to get a driver going natively using the prism54.org drivers as a base but I wanted to get things up and going quickly.
Got confused at first as I loaded the PCI drivers into ndiswrapper first and then couldn’t figure out why it couldn’t find the card. It came up quite quickly from there. My /etc/network/interfaces ended up being:
# The loopback network interface auto lo wlan0 iface lo inet loopback # This is a list of hotpluggable network interfaces. # They will be activated automatically by the hotplug subsystem. mapping hotplug script grep map eth0 # The primary network interface iface eth0 inet static address 192.168.2.2 netmask 255.255.255.0 iface wlan0 inet dhcp wireless-key <secret> wireless-essid Call<secret> hostname squishy
Added mdnsresponder to squishy and now I can ping squishy from my iBook. Added libnss-mdns and edited /etc/nsswitch.conf to have hosts: files dns mdns4 and now I can ping crush.local from squishy. Nice. No DNS server incolved.