I’m currently looking at the Locust World system which is a combined wireless mesh node and access point, all rolled into a single 32Mb package that can be run off a compact flash card. It uses standard PC components and the base system is totally free! Could be quite good for both Lancaster Mesh and CastleWireless.
Unfortunately, the documentation seems a little old, and apart from new news articles about the latest implementations, there doesn’t seem to be much activity. It doesn’t help either that I can’t seem to join the mailing list for some reason. Hopefully I’ll be able to get on the list and get some form of support, and possibly contribute back in to the project. It does have a commercial version of the software with all sorts of bonuses, but I think I’ll wait till I’ve got the basic package working before I fork out on that! 🙂
From my messing around with it so far tho’, I have discovered just how bad the native support in linux is for wifi cards, also how often card manufacturers decide to change what chipset they use on their cards! Having said that tho’, I’ve found one card on Dabs that seems to be quite well supported and is only a tenner! (Quicklinx code: 3X0MWS). So, if anyone out there has a wifi card (11Mb, or 54Mb) that they know has a prism or orinoco chipset and want to give it a good home, let me know!