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    Over the past year or so we have replaced a lot of the the Laptops for Teachers and as a result i have loads of old ones piling up in my server room.
    They are all a bit too slow to run Windows XP SP3 and all the rest of it, but we do have a terminal server in the school and i would like to recycle them as wireless thin clients.
    I would like to get them to boot straight the terminal server login and have been looking at
    :: Thinstation - a light, full-featured Linux thin client OS ::
    This works well when plugged into a switch, but as far as i can tell doesn't provide support for wireless.
    Anyone know of a free or very cheap system similar to this that does support wireless?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bezwick View Post
    This works well when plugged into a switch, but as far as i can tell doesn't provide support for wireless.
    How do you mean, "doesn't support wireless"? Do you mean that the Linux distribution simply doesn't support the particular wireless hardware you are using? You'll need to find a hardware/driver combination that you can use. You can try and find the driver for the wireless hardware already inside the laptops and recompile the Linux kernel of your distribution to include that driver. Or you can use a PCMCIA card with supported drivers - the Edimax EW-7108PCg seems to work well, I have a stash of a half-dozen or so that I got off eBay.

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    Sorry david they have updated the version since i last looked and it does support wireless and the hardware i want to use it with.
    My problem now is that my knowledge of Linux is really basic and i ma having problems working out how to configure it.
    I want it to be able to boot straight to the Terminal Server screen, so i need to know how to add the WAP's SSID and passkey and i cant seam to find where to add that.
    Any ideas, cheers

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    How do you mean, "doesn't support wireless"? Do you mean that the Linux distribution simply doesn't support the particular wireless hardware you are using? You'll need to find a hardware/driver combination that you can use. You can try and find the driver for the wireless hardware already inside the laptops and recompile the Linux kernel of your distribution to include that driver. Or you can use a PCMCIA card with supported drivers - the Edimax EW-7108PCg seems to work well, I have a stash of a half-dozen or so that I got off eBay.

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    Why not just lock down a clean install of XP with a single icon that links to the terminal services client?

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    If you want thinstation to include the wireless keys, they have to be installed on the machines HDD. normally thinstation picks up its configuration from the network, but obviously this won't be possible if it needs the wireless key to access the network.

    you need to set the wireless in the thinstation.conf.buildtime
    Code:
    ##
    # --- Wireless
    #
    #WIRELESS_ESSID             # ESSID (extended network name) : My Network, any
    #WIRELESS_NWID              # NWID/Domain (cell identifier) : 89AB, 100, off
    #WIRELESS_MODE              # Operation mode : Ad-Hoc, Managed, Master, Repeater, Secondary, auto
    #WIRELESS_FREQ              # 2.422G, 2.46G (frequency)
    #WIRELESS_CHANNEL           # 1, 2, 3 (channel)
    #WIRELESS_SENS              # Sensitivity (cell size + roaming speed) : 1, 2, 3 ; -70 (dBm)
    #WIRELESS_RATE              # Bit rate : auto, 1M, 11M
    #WIRELESS_RTS               # RTS threshold : off, 500
    #WIRELESS_FRAG              # Fragmentation threshold : off, 1000
    #WIRELESS_IWCONFIG          # Other iwconfig parameters : power off, ap 01:23:45:67:89:AB
    #WIRELESS_IWSPY             # iwspy parameters : + 01:23:45:67:89:AB
    #WIRELESS_IWPRIV            # iwpriv parameters : set_port 2, set_histo 50 60
    #WIRELESS_KEY               # Encryption key : 4567-89AB-CD, s:password
    #WIRELESS_WPAKEY            # WPA/WPA2 pre-shared key (PSK): at least 8 ASCII characters
    #WIRELESS_DRIVER            # Driver name for WPA/WPA2 support: madwifi
    
    WIRELESS_ESSID="your ssid here"
    WIRELESS_NWID=""
    WIRELESS_MODE="managed"
    #WIRELESS_FREQ=""
    #WIRELESS_CHANNEL=""
    #WIRELESS_SENS=""
    #WIRELESS_RATE=""
    #WIRELESS_RTS=""
    #WIRELESS_FRAG=""
    WIRELESS_IWCONFIG=""
    WIRELESS_IWSPY=""
    WIRELESS_IWPRIV=""
    WIRELESS_WPAKEY=""
    WIRELESS_KEY=""
    WIRELESS_WPAKEY=""
    WIRELESS_DRIVER="madwifi"
    also remember to install the appropriate PCMCIA, Drivers including the encryption driver in the build.conf file

    Code:
    #!!!Wireless PCMCIA Network Modules
    #module ray_cs        		# Aviator/Raytheon 2.4MHz wireless support
    #module netwave_cs    		# Xircom Netwave AirSurfer Pcmcia wireless support
    #module wavelan_cs    		# AT&T/Lucent old WaveLAN Pcmcia wireless support
    
    
    #!!!Wireless Modules
    #module orinoco_pci    		# Prism 2.5 PCI 802.11b adaptor support (EXPERIMENTAL)
    #module orinoco_cs     		# Hermes PCMCIA card support
    #module airo_cs        		# Cisco/Aironet 34X/35X/4500/4800 PCMCIA cards
    
    
    #!!!Other Wireless Support
    #module ath_pci        		#  Madwifi Support
    #module aes-i586       		#  WPA Supplicant Support

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    Yeah cheers already tried that and yep managed to get it to work in combination with Steady state. Trouble is these laptops are pretty slow so it takes about 4-5 mins to boot to the login screen even after stripping XP.
    I will use that option if i have to, but recon if i can get a working Linux solution i cut cut that down to around 60 seconds.
    cheers

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    Why not just lock down a clean install of XP with a single icon that links to the terminal services client?

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    Cheers Cybernerd that has helped a lot, now to find some linux drivers for a Dell 1450 Wireless card.

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