Updating smoothwall kernel

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Introduction This is an update to my original Wireless Smoothwall article, now updated for version 3.

If your looking for the older version 2 guide you can find it here.

The Smoothwall developers recommend that you compile programs on a dev machine and then copy the binaries over to your real firewall box running the regular version of Smoothwall Express.

A virtual machine is great for this and I recommend VMware Server or Virtual Box.

You can download the correct firmware here then upload it through SFTP (port 222) to /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware/ and rename it to isl3890. It automatically connects to the AP with the strongest signal so if your antenna is pointed in the correct direction you should be good to go.

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If your card is not supported we will have to skip it for now.

If Smoothwall cannot locate your wireless card (I'm not sure if it's even possible) you can choose the 'Select' -).

If you are unsure what driver your card requires you may have to go through them all (they are in /lib/modules/2.6.*/kernel/drivers/net/wireless).

Smoothwall Express runs on hardware from early 32-bit Pentiums for those who need a basic firewall to recent 64-bit multi-core systems with gigabytes of RAM for those who need VPNs, HTTP/HTTPS caching and filtering, Snort intrusion detection and Clam AV protections.

Addressing a number of problems and deficiencies as well as some housekeeping work, the new version 3.1 refreshed the Linux, iptables, xtables-addons, Open SSL, Snort and Squid packages, among others.

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