Linux wireless networking

Thursday, 4 March 2004, 11:53 AM EST

These days you cannot talk about computers and networks without thinking of Linux and wireless networking. In this article the author explains wireless networking with WLAN, Bluetooth, GPRS, GSM, and IrDA from a Linux perspective. He uses various wireless devices and the corresponding kernel layers and user space tools to demonstrate how they work with Linux.

You'll first see how WLAN devices work on Linux by tracing the code flow for an example WLAN card. Then you'll see how several Bluetooth devices interface with the Linux Bluetooth stack and other kernel layers. Next, you'll learn how to get GPRS and GSM devices to work with Linux. The article ends with the examination of Linux IrDa support and a brief look at performance issues faced by wireless networking devices.

By Sreekrishnan Venkateswaran at developerWorks.

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