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Adair Winter
04-25-08, 09:27 AM
"Tony V" <TonyV@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:D65E488D-5F0F-4ADA-BBC4-76DDF19073CE@microsoft.com...
>I have an existing wireless network in my house.
>
> I want to have a wired connection in my workshop so that I can get an
> Internet connection for PCs that I repair for my friends and family. Most
> of
> these PCs use a wired connection so I don't want to turn them into a
> wireless
> client on my network when I'm done repairing them.
>
> I don't want to drag the repaired PC up to the router and plug it (which I
> have been doing) and I don't want to run any cable. I was thinking of
> buying
> a wireless bridge to basically make a wired connection in my workshop and
> connect it to the wireless network in the house.
>
> I was thinking about something like the Linksys WET54G or a similar
> product.
>
> Does this sound like it makes any sense??
>
> Thanks for any help.
> Tony

I'm doing this with a WRT54GL and DD-WRT v23 SP2 Firmware as a game adapter
for my brothers xbox.
I have the box configured as a Client Bridge that connects to his main
wireless router which supplies his internet.

Doing this will basically give you a four port switch in your shop to hookup
whatever devices you want and move data between then and the wireless will
simply bridge you as a client to your exsisting router for internet and
access to recources on that network.

That said you do not have to use the linksys hardware DD-WRT is supported by
many devices. www.dd-wrt.com

Adair

Lem
04-25-08, 09:50 AM
Adair Winter wrote:
> "Tony V" <TonyV@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:D65E488D-5F0F-4ADA-BBC4-76DDF19073CE@microsoft.com...
>> I have an existing wireless network in my house.
>>
>> I want to have a wired connection in my workshop so that I can get an
>> Internet connection for PCs that I repair for my friends and family. Most
>> of
>> these PCs use a wired connection so I don't want to turn them into a
>> wireless
>> client on my network when I'm done repairing them.
>>
>> I don't want to drag the repaired PC up to the router and plug it (which I
>> have been doing) and I don't want to run any cable. I was thinking of
>> buying
>> a wireless bridge to basically make a wired connection in my workshop and
>> connect it to the wireless network in the house.
>>
>> I was thinking about something like the Linksys WET54G or a similar
>> product.
>>
>> Does this sound like it makes any sense??
>>
>> Thanks for any help.
>> Tony
>
> I'm doing this with a WRT54GL and DD-WRT v23 SP2 Firmware as a game adapter
> for my brothers xbox.
> I have the box configured as a Client Bridge that connects to his main
> wireless router which supplies his internet.
>
> Doing this will basically give you a four port switch in your shop to hookup
> whatever devices you want and move data between then and the wireless will
> simply bridge you as a client to your exsisting router for internet and
> access to recources on that network.
>
> That said you do not have to use the linksys hardware DD-WRT is supported by
> many devices. www.dd-wrt.com
>
> Adair
>
>

I have a similar setup and it works well. If you want to use a Linksys
WRT54xx router as the bridge device, buy a v.3 or v.4 WRT54G from eBay
or a WRT54GL (the Linux-based model) if buying new. Don't get a WRT54G
v.5 or more recent.

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