[MLB-WIRELESS] Help with Lucent WaveLan card and Linux (or DOS) for a specific purpose?

emdeex emdeex at gmail.com
Sun Jun 17 22:14:14 EST 2007

I've used Puppy Linux for this type of application.  And used a 3com
802.11BPCMCIA card I got off ebay for $5.  Puppy Linux has drivers for
wireless card chipsets.

On 6/16/07, Joe <joe.hovel at -nospam-bigpind.com> wrote:
> I'm looking for someone to help me set up a linux (or DOS) installation on
> an old (486) NEC laptop.
> I have converted the old laptop into a "digital picture frame" and it's
> been
> running Win95B for the last few years quietly hanging on my wall,
> connected
> with a Lucent WaveLan card to the 'net via my wireless home LAN. I't been
> displaying a remote camera image in a web page in full-screen mode which
> gets updated every 60 minutes. So the picture it displays (of my home city
> Cologne in Germany) is almost real-time. All this runs off a harddisk
> which
> gets parked and powered down after 30 seconds of inactivity (so the whole
> thing is pretty quiet and uses little power).
> I want to change this over to run off a compact flash card connected via a
> CF to IDE adapter connected instead of the harddisk.
> So far I have the laptop booting off the CF, running MS DOS and running a
> slideshow of JPG files. So far so good.
> I believe I could figure out how to set it up to connect to my wireless
> using the DOS drivers for the WaveLan card and the MS Client for DOS off
> the
> NT4 server CD (which I have) and get the TCP/IP stack up and running. But
> I
> believe this stack isn't compatible with DOS web browsers like Arachne....
> I
> might still try....
> However, I believe this is a great opportunity for me to learn a bit about
> Linux. But for this I need help.
> I imagine that there are Linux dirvers for the Lucent wireless cards, that
> I
> could get Linux installed on the 1GB CF card I got to boot from (maybe
> even
> fit the whole thing onto a 128MB or less CF card?) and run a command line
> browser like Linx to display the webpage which showns the JPG file' URL.
> Maybe this requires a graphic UI in Linux? I have no idea.
> The NEC laptop is a 486SL50 with 20 MB or RAM.
> How should I proceed and what do I need?
> Cheers,
> Joe Hovel
> (near Bendigo)
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