Ordered an Orinoco RG-1000 Wireless Access Point Kit from Outpost.com the other day. After unnecessary confusion with Airborne I got my hands on it yesterday. As mentioned in a recent Mobile Computing article, the RG-1000 can be used as an Ethernet bridge. I had previously only thought that the much higer priced Access Points could act in that capacity.
Setup with Windows 95 was relatively easy, though as Mobile Computing points out, Lucent doesn't make the configuration for a bridge setup known - in fact, they don't really even mention it. You are left to your own devices to figure out how to setup DHCP, NAT and such to achieve the bridge config.
I got it working on Windows, then rebooted the laptop to RH 7. After figuring out the mutliple drivers that can run these cards, and a little trial and error with modules.conf, config.opts, and wireless.opts I got it all up and running.
Speed it great - as fast as a wired connection in my environment. Range seems to be good, at least I can go up and downstairs and in all corners of my small 2 bedroom apartment.
Much thanks to Jean Tourrilhes for his vast Wireless LAN resources for Linux site.