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    I need a wireless router that shares a GPRS/EDGE connection - low cost ??

    I have found a few - most are $500 or more
    like the Junxion Box

    I am looking or somethink like that

    I also thought abot making my own using a Soekris Engineering
    net4521


    and have a look at the StompBox

    I also found this place MikroTik

    What I want is to - take the data from the EDGE cardbus card,
    threw the router, and output it to ethernet - but I will take wireless
    802.11, and not spend more that $250 $300 at most

    I am trying to share the internet connection - dont say use windows
    ICS and a old laptop - yes it works - in a limited way - but thats
    what I am trying to get away from, and thats what I have now

    I also tried using a cardbus to PCI adapter in a desktop - was a
    no-go with the card I have, I got a gc83 card - and it dont seam
    to like the adapters, I tried a ricco chipset cardbus to PCI adapters
    and a SCM cardbus to PCI adapter - with no luck

    and linux did not seam to like it even with the guides to set it up
    - but windows had the same problem with the card - when using
    the cardbus to PCI adapters, - at any point - I want some thing to
    work - plug the card in and it works,

    I have also herd that there are some wireless routers
    coming out like the D-Link DI-725 and Kyocera’s KR1
    - but I also herd they wont suport EDGE cards

    I may wait to see what happens - there due out
    first month or 2 in 2006 or so I hear

    any ideas

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    umk. ya could get an expensive laptop and use ICS (the one with edge built in). :>

    Sorry couldnt resist. I have been looking for one of these as well and so far I havent found anything that is "reasonable". I have a few different requirements (I need it to work with a cell phone vs the pcmcia card). I am currently using a desktop with ICS and laptops for mobile use.

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    If you end up using a computer or or the carput as the internet connection with the card I'd suggest NAT32 to share the connection. Basically is a completely configurable NAT software router (much, much better than windows ICS). I can share my laptop's WLAN connection with my bluetooth PDA and it's hard wired port at same time, or share a dialup bluetooth connection on the laptop with another laptop over a WLAN.
    www.nat32.com

    Nick

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    Quote Originally Posted by nkotch
    If you end up using a computer or or the carput as the internet connection with the card I'd suggest NAT32 to share the connection. Basically is a completely configurable NAT software router (much, much better than windows ICS). I can share my laptop's WLAN connection with my bluetooth PDA and it's hard wired port at same time, or share a dialup bluetooth connection on the laptop with another laptop over a WLAN.
    www.nat32.com

    Nick
    My main problem is ports on the client computers, and nat
    no mater what software I use, always funks it up

    some programs work, some dont - even with all firewalls turned off
    mapped ports ect ect - it just never works 100% - I am sick
    of windows networking

    plus I think you work for / made that shareware software - like a add or
    some thing - If I have to still use a computer - I will break down
    and try Smoothwall on a laptop
    - But I know it will most likey be a fight to get the GC83 card to work on it

    I may try nat32 - but I have tied a few progams like that - none
    worked for what I need -

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    Well, I certainly don't work for any software people (poor college student here), and can't program so that's that.

    I'm just telling you what worked for me since I am doing something very similar. As far as I know Linux has most (if not all) of the needed networking tools usually built in so if you know Linux that may be the way, unless that would require another computer.

    But if you need to stick to Windows then this nat program works seamlessly here, just my 2 cents.

    Nick

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    Quote Originally Posted by nkotch
    Well, I certainly don't work for any software people (poor college student here), and can't program so that's that.

    I'm just telling you what worked for me since I am doing something very similar. As far as I know Linux has most (if not all) of the needed networking tools usually built in so if you know Linux that may be the way, unless that would require another computer.

    But if you need to stick to Windows then this nat program works seamlessly here, just my 2 cents.

    Nick
    I have had problems with linux - fedora and Ubuntu trying to get
    them to work with the Sony Ericsson GC83 cardbus card
    - even with the scrips that I found on the net
    it connects - stops for a few seconds - and disconnects

    here is a GC82 how to close to the same card - both take the same commands

    I an new to linux - know just a little command line - so I could be
    funking it up

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    Sorry I can't help any w/ Linux issues, extreme noob with that and I haven't had much luck with it so far.

    What are you using in the car now? Just your laptop or is that going to be the main carputer? If it is then the cheapest would be a software router to share the connection. I've also seen that junxion box thing but still just too much $$$. The only other thing is to just get a mini-itx board with a pcmcia slot and use that as the router as well as main computer (still would need a software solution to share the connection though).

    Nick

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    Quote Originally Posted by nkotch
    Sorry I can't help any w/ Linux issues, extreme noob with that and I haven't had much luck with it so far.

    What are you using in the car now? Just your laptop or is that going to be the main carputer? If it is then the cheapest would be a software router to share the connection. I've also seen that junxion box thing but still just too much $$$. The only other thing is to just get a mini-itx board with a pcmcia slot and use that as the router as well as main computer (still would need a software solution to share the connection though).

    Nick
    I have got a regular desktop in the car now - I have got a belkin
    wifi card, one with a external antenna, for it

    were I live there is no real internet - except the cellular wireless
    I use now - I want to share the cellular wireless, to my car -
    but also - go to open wifi spots in my car

    the wireless router would really be in my house - my dad uses the internet
    also - so I cant take it with me, I wish I could -

    I would drive in town - 30 miles away - for school or work - and use
    the belkin wifi card at open wifi spots- come home and use the shared
    cellular wireless over wifi

    - but thats just a nice extra -

    The real reason I want it is for my desktop computers, in my house

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    I just looked at the Via mini-itx boards - they have Ricoh chips
    on there pcmcia adapters - that Ricoh chipset is also on the PCI
    to Pcmcia/cardbus adapter - that did not work for my card - plus
    there about $185-$200 just for the motherboard

    so thats a no go

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    that Ricoh Cardbus to PCI adapter WORKS! with the new drivers
    and firmware with my gc83 - still cant get linux to work with it

    but its a start

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