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Free Download of Linux Base Wifi Mesh software.

Direct download link: (Copy and paste into browser or favorite download manager) (Size: 51.8 MB)

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Here's the md5 file for the above .iso file:

The orginal web site is here: (In German)

English translation of the site: (Warning the text was translated by using Google Translator so it sounds really messed up in certain places.)

The mesh Linux kernel includes a variety of wireless drivers, new is the support for Host AP, madwifi and Prism54. The chipsets from Texas Instruments should also work - but to the appropriate firmware must be purchased separately (licensing terms). The developer of the driver make the easy, since programs include it to automate the download. The developer information can be found in / usr / doc /.

What is missing - which is perhaps continue to do so - is 'ndiswrapper'. You should do the devil and companies support by buying their products that do not care about the development of native Linux drivers for their products.

Mesh Linux has been added to the routing daemons olsrd for Optimized Link State Routing, ripd for RIP aodvd for ad hoc on-demand distance-vector routing, OSPF for ospfd, bgpd for the Border Gateway protocol. Linux now also includes mesh thttp the web server, the wireless sniffer kismet, ncftp FTP program as well as the comfortable netcat, rsync, bridge-utils, and more.

New - but still absolutely unfinished - is a German-language HTML Help system is started with the command 'help'. Support to build the help system - in multiple languages - is very welcome. Thank you to the people who have the old system tested and written their experiences.

Please test what the stuff holds, improve, correct, write HOWTOs ...

Write to onelektra at gmx dot net

Originally I just wanted to offer an installation CD for beginners to help them to install a wireless router with Linux and mobilemesh. Meanwhile, I busy myself with the various thorough ad-hoc routing protocols, and also to know strengths and weaknesses of mobilemesh. The Philosopher's Stone in the ad hoc routing is IMHO not found - it's a process of evolution. As a consequence, the distribution includes all possible ad-hoc routing protocols exist for Linux for the freely available implementations. The project therefore now called mesh Linux.

The version numbers of mesh Linux are identical to the version number of the kernel used. Mesh Linux is a GNU-Linux clean as possible and no thingy with some fantastic release number in which a proprietary soup is cooked.

There is a mirror for the HOWTO text and the ISO image: [WWW]

Minimal HOWTO The CD is intended to be installed on an IDE drive with 130 MB or greater. To install the CD on your best take another machine that can boot from CD and sets the hard drive after installing the router. There is also a boot disk if necessary on the CD, if the BIOS can not boot from CD. The hard drive is the only drive in your system connected to the primary IDE controller as master. Then you say the machine, it will start first from the CD-ROM.

The installation script makes (almost) everything in-your whatâ your keyboard layout Selected league, then type "install", type "j" after re query and that was it ...

When the installation script is ferig You will be prompted you log in as "root". The whatâ your forgettable and the computer off * exceptionally * without prior warning or pressure the reset button. Or with the command "halt" to shut down. Removing the CD before reboot or the BIOS to boot first report of hard disk.

If your plugging a USB wifi adapter before rebooting (tested with Belkin USB wifi adapter and ALLNET ALL0183) the system runs almost as desired - you must now go a secure password for the user "root" and specify the IP Assign address, broadcast and netmask. ATTENTION: You must definitely Modify the IP. There should be no duplicates in the IP addresses in the mesh network!

The entry in rc.meshlinux need for a Class A network (/ 8) look like this:

10.XXX.XXX.XXX ifconfig wlan0 netmask broadcast

It may be, this is not your wireless network card but atml0 wlan0, eth0 or eth1. Then replace the entry. He must then also listed in / etc / mobilemesh / mmrp.conf be changed.

This hard drive your shipped in an old PC, preferably with a USB port or PCI slot. But also on an old 486 with ISA interfaces will run the thing. For the 486 then you need an ISA-to-PCMCIA adapter card and a 16-bit wavelan card. I prefer USB, as then no antenna cable, expensive RF connectors, etc. needs. The USB cable can be up to five meters long and logically brings no high-frequency losses. So a cable costs 1 euro 90 for If the computer has no USB or missing However, the relevant cables from the motherboard to the outside, helps a PCI-to-USB adapter for about 10 euros. For an old PC built before early 1998, buy in any case a USB PCI adapter for USB version 2.0! These are not all compatible with PCI bus version 2.1 - in a motherboard without PCI version 2.2 does not work the chipsets for USB 2.0.

If technologies should also PCI cards running smoothly. There is almost everything to drivers in the Linux sytem which was for 802.11 a, b, g obtained by end of June 2004. However, not all drivers work for all cards easily with the wireless tools together. That is, they do not respond, or not correctly on the command iwconfig that the wireless interface is configured. Currently but that should be a rare exception :-)

In the router your computer needs only the motherboard, processor, memory, hard disk and the connection for the WLAN card. Optional one or two normal network cards for connection to the ADSL or the local network.

No graphics card needs repairs, no CD or floppy (dust in the attic one anyway) - any additional component eats electricity unnecessarily. Maintenance for your whatâ you dialed up from the outside via ssh or connect a serial terminal to the first serial port. The settings for the serial terminal are 8 N 1 - 9600 - VT100.

ATTENTION: Do not forget to set the BIOS: HALT ON NO ERRORS. This is set mostly in the first menu of the BIOS. Otherwise, the PC remains at the start of the process and are not happy because he finds no keyboard / video card. In older machines you have to over the AUTODETECT HARD DRIVE HDD to make known to the computer. With newer BIOS can automatically detect hard drive - usually on the first menu of the BIOS - set (MODE: AUTO)

In the simplest case, this is the machine to the attic (or screw it to the roof), and attached the USB wireless LAN adapter on the roof in a watertight, microwaveable box. This box should still get a sun roof under the can pull the air between the box and sun roof for your electronics in the summer does not get sunstroke. ;-)

Known Installation Issues: Of course you should be able to install a hard drive and jumpered. But therefore I will not write a HOWTO. You consult the search engine of choice. Sometimes, there are problems as old hard drives in a modern system to persuade to cooperate. You can for example be not put to sleep. Take in the case of other plate, which is a little younger, because it is not to let the board run constantly needs repairs. Or the hard drive electronics are not signaled by mode after restarting the system if the BIOS already wants to access the disk. This happened to me on an Athlon 800 in deploying the system. In this case, pressing the reset button helps (then the board has been a while to warm up and power gets a second chance ...)

Modify the installation expand ...

The mesh-based Linux at the moment on Slackware Linux version 10.0, available at A good mirror is Slackware does not have a package format such as RedHat or Debian. Instead, there are software packages in tar.gz format. To install the packages you copied to a directory of choice and are at the command line 'pkgtool' a.


Why Slackware? Slackware is leaner, simpler and easier to keep as small as Debian. It's less automatically, which saves space. Unfortunately, the package selection is much smaller and you can often even compile what. Mir is actually even compile anyway much better - one is closer to the developers on it and get the most important information included in the source code archive.

My wifi card is not recognized, even though the chipset is supported! Both the card manager daemon and the hotplug daemon rely retrieve the information in their configuration files with which the hardware is to identify the system opposite. Find the the card is daemons nothing 'not detected'. But that does not matter if the chipset otherwise works on Linux. In the case where entry defining the map. FOR EXAMPLE reads the card manager its information from the / etc / pcmcia / config and other files with the extension. conf in the same directory. With the command 'tail-f / var / log / syslog syslog daemon you can see the last 10 lines of the. Now map out and insert it again. Enter the output of the card in the appropriate configuration file, with the reference to the hopefully working driver. If successful, both me and the developer of the driver contact and send the definition to be included in the driver package.

Get the following error message: error for wireless request "Set ESSID" SET failed on device wlan0; Function not implemented

At the start of the system, the script in /etc/rc.d/rc.meshlinux leads the command iwconfig from (interface-wireless-config). Your Wi-Fi card can't do anything but. Or are you trying to configure a standard network card (Fast Ethernet) wireless tools? In this case, it is so that the network card driver not or not correctly works with the wireless-tools. The wireless-tools include a set of control programs (iwconfig, two) with Wi-Fi hardware can be configured. Card drivers that do not support the wireless-tools either use a startup script or bring their own control programmes.

The link to the website of the Jean Tourhilles is warm in connection with WLan under Linux, drivers, etc: [WWW] a very good site about wireless LAN. Jean is the author of the wireless tools, the wireless-HOWTO for Linux and driver modules for Lucent WLAN cards

If you need to see a Linux project with a wide verity of wifi drivers enabled in it then check out:

WiFi Slax (Spanish)

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