Centrino ipw2100 as a Wireless Access Point
I am trying to setup my Centrino notebook (Acer TM803) running Fedora Core 2 as a wireless access point for PDA (iPAQ5500) running Familiar v0.8.2. The notebook is connected to the broadband internet which I want to be able to access from the PDA. This is the final goal, no security is needed at this stage.
The ipw2100 driver is successfully installed on the notebook and the WiFi is working, WiFi is also working fine on the PDA side (i can connect to a dedicated access point from both). After trying to configure HostAP for a couple of days or to create an Ad-Hoc network between the notebook and PDA I was nearly sure it is impossible. I thought the notebook WiFi card simply does not support the mode I want. However, I managed to do an Ad-Hoc network and access the Internet from the PDA when WindowsXP is running on the notebook!
With a bit of inspiration I spent another day trying to do the same in Linux. No success. In Linux I cannot do even Ad-Hoc network, not talking about the initial goal - Access Point. The PDA simply does not see the wireless network at all :(.
Has anybody solved a similar problem or has an idea what might be wrong?
I would be grateful for a HOWTO or other useful information on the subject.