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    I have a wireless ethernet card from linksys. I was about to install it on a linux, but then i realized i have to use the ndiswrapper for the particular card version that i'm using. The problem is that the ndiswrapper only supports ad-hoc mode. In windows i'm currently running infrastructure mode. I don't know much about networking, so the next question might not make sense. Can i run my ethernet card in ad-hoc mode while the router is set up for infrastructure mode? (i don't know the router configuration, nor do i have any control over the topology of the network).

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    wan -> router 
           | | |-> wired computer (not mine)
           | |
           | |			  	
           | |-> my wireless computer 
           |
           |
           |-> another wireless computer
    i seem to have GCC 3.3.4
    But how do i start it?
    I dont have a menu for it or anything.

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    I really don't think you can, the problem is that ad hoc is peer-to-peer using dedicated channels and infrastructure mode can be wirelessly connected to both wireless access points and to wireless broadband routers.

    ad hoc is designed for wireless host to host connectivity, you can use a router to get internet connectivity but I think you would need a "Mobile IP Router". I've heard they can allow ad hoc hosts to access the internet while maintaining their PTP connection. Combines mobile and ad hoc routing, forwards ad hoc routing protocol messages to isolated parts of an ad hoc network.

    God knows what the cost is. Why ad hoc if I might ask? Has hop limitations, distance limitations (without a repeater), but does have almost twice the speed of infrastucture.

    I guess security would be it, since it's PTP, you basically have your own private network but disconnected to the outside world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpudNuts
    Why ad hoc if I might ask? Has hop limitations, distance limitations (without a repeater), but does have almost twice the speed of infrastucture.
    Quote Originally Posted by misplaced
    The problem is that the ndiswrapper only supports ad-hoc mode.


    i have since re-read the docs and it says it also supports managed mode? what is managed mode?
    i seem to have GCC 3.3.4
    But how do i start it?
    I dont have a menu for it or anything.

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    In that case, I think your in luck. Managed mode is primarily designed to provide mobile nodes with access to wired networks. This is probably what you want, set the router to Managed and they should connect since it also provides DHCP services.

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