I installed Fedora Core 4 and got it working with our dsl verizon internet access. The strange thing is I had to connect the system ethernet card to the wireless hub which is then connected to the dsl modem. On the Windows XP desktop where it was previously, the modem would not work with the wireless hub.
Apparently the default setup on the wireless just works with the card/fedora combination of protocols and drivers or else I accidentally set it up properly for Fedora last time I tried the installation cd and simplified instructions on my XP desktop with miserable nonresults. Anyway, I can now access the internet from Fedora Core 4.
Big deal! .... It gets stranger. In a burst of optimism, I connected up a bunch of old hubs and cables to my various Windows desktops and portables. After some tinkering and head scratching I finally let my desktop "dial" and walla! it works!.
So I have a kludged network made up of old components working through a modern wireless Cisco hub and a DSL modem to provide internet access to multiple systems simultaneously. I do not think I even want to understand how and why the various protocol layers and drivers play together to let this kludge work but I am going to have to sort it out if I want to charge some consulting fees for installing some home networks locally.
Next step is to pull out the Cisco wireless router installation disk and the password and configuration data and see if I can access the control menus ... also I have a wireless Netgear card for my Sony portable ... I should see if I can get that to communicate with the kludge.
Anyway, based upon past experience now is the time for me to hit the books. I seem to be able to do one or two of the following three: theory, hardware, or software .... but never all three together.
Tomorrow I will see if I can get wikimedia, php, mysql, apache all working together on an intraweb. Also, I will see if the default installation of Samba on the new Fedora system simply works with some of the windows systems. Fun Stuff!