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First time poster, some time Linux user. I've been reading and trying to create a wifi access point on my debian server. that is {intenet-router} <-> {server + usb-wifi} <-> ...
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    Wifi Access Point (and internet some day)


    First time poster, some time Linux user.

    I've been reading and trying to create a wifi access point on my debian server.
    that is
    {intenet-router} <-> {server + usb-wifi} <-> {network users}

    I've opted for this configuration as the server will become a firewall, traffic monitoring (sick of my windows machine getting hacked). I've spent a lot of time and I don't seem to have any un-clicked links in google left. I've read quite a few howtos and threads on this site and others ... I'm definitely missing something.

    Running: Debian Lenny (no gui)

    I have installed the driver for the usb dongle
    ZyDAS ZD1211/1211B and Atheros AR5007UG chipsets > zd1211rw
    Seems to work, I can see other peoples networks with iwlist wlan0 scan

    Configured /etc/network/interfaces
    Code:
    # This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
    # and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).
    
    # The loopback network interface
    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback
    
    # The primary network interface
    allow-hotplug eth1
    iface eth1 inet dhcp
    
    # Wi-Fi
    auto wlan0
    iface wlan0 inet dhcp
            wpa-conf /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
    Installed and Configured wpa_supplicant (makes me think of Homer Simpson when he reapplies for his job after quitting to go work in a bowling alley)
    /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
    Code:
    # WPA-PSK/TKIP
    
    ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant
    
    network={
            ssid="example wpa-psk network"
            key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
            proto=WPA
            pairwise=TKIP
            group=TKIP
            psk="secret passphrase"
    }
    I've also installed hostapd, and attempted a few things in there. Long run I want to allow wifi users to access the net. But will probably need iptables etc..., but just want to pass this step.

    I've see a few howtos seem to use ath0. It's probably only a minor issues. So thanks for any help you may provide.

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    Looks like the ZD1211 need better drivers to enable Master mode. Time to find/download drivers, eventually make and install them, could take weeks off my life.

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    A router between your modem and computers makes a good firewall. I would either get a wireless access point and connect it to your router, or, for about the same price, you can get a wireless router. That's a lot easier than trying to configure one of your computers as a wireless access point.

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