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January 4, 2005, 8:51 am
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I developed in Perl, using Slackware distro, HostAP driver and utilities,
that turns your PC with Prism2/2.5/3 wireless LAN card into a
full-featured web-managed wireless access gateway.
AWLP has pretty much all the features you would expect from
an off-the-shelf wireless access gateway like DHCP server,
caching-only DNS server, ACL, etc.
I belive AWLP is useful for a wide range of users:
- Academicians can use it for wireless experiment setups
- Developers can add/change its features
- Home users can set it up for their broadband connection sharing needs
- Small caffes and restaruants can use it as a simple hotspot box
I have tried to be loyal to Slackware distro as much as I can.
Actually, the only major modification was to set couple of suid
and guid permission bits so that AWLP can be web-managed.
Staying loyal to Slackware pays-off when time comes for package
upgrades. You can easily add/upgrade/remove packages using standard
Slackware package tools (installpkg, upgradepkg, removepkg).
Project's Web Site:
Photos of an example setup:
(Worked as the wireless access gateway for 12-days without a problem)
I hope you can find the time to review this open-source project
sometime. If you don't, however, I will be happy to know that you are
aware of it.