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Bought a WRT54G2 to use as a Bridge...Oops?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ZeonSar, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. ZeonSar

    ZeonSar Addicted to LI Member

    Hey all.

    First off I just sort of discovered this site and you have alot of great info, so thanks. I hate to ask what I am about to ask, but Google is just not finding me the exact answers I need and I hope I have come to the right place.

    The story goes something like this. Just recently bought a new Blu-Ray player that has BD-Live and all that. That being the case, I need to get it on my home network. Running a cable isn't an option, so of course I need to go wireless. I was going to simply by some sort of Game Wireless Adapter thing like for the XBOX but the store I went to was sold out. Thinking I would be clever (and it was cheaper) I just picked up a WRT54G2, thinking I could use it as a bridge or something.

    While at the store I just discovered the existence of the Tomato firmware. I'm not much into networking, but I do use thibor and always thought it was cool, mainly for static DHCP. Anyway I misread someone's post and thought they said they had installed tomato on a WRT54G2 router to use as a Bridge, but I was mistaken. I come to find out NO 3rd Party firmware works on this thing. (Am I correct on that?)

    So I guess what I am asking to confirm is that I wont be able to use this router as a bridge for my Blu-Ray player as I planned am I?

    I may of jumped the gun buying it, but I have been smart enough to not open it till I know what I'm dealing with.

    As a little side note to all this, I am happy I discovered tomato which seems very popular, so I am going to be switching to it shortly here tonight. Hope I don't screw up my network!

    Thanks for listening!
  2. ZeonSar

    ZeonSar Addicted to LI Member

    I thought sure someone would have some input on this.

    I may just return the G2 after work today if I can't confirm it could be used as a Bridge. I'm really thinking it's not possible with this model. Probably just get the Game Adapter afterall.
  3. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    This doesnt have to be a bridge to work. If the routers wireless capability is such that it can be used as a wireless client you can make it work. The biggest issue is going to be finding someone that can tell you what the setting are. Once we know that we can figure out if it is going to work or not.
  4. ZeonSar

    ZeonSar Addicted to LI Member

    After thinking about it all yesterday at work, I decided to take it back after work. I just didn't feel right buying this thing to get my Blu-Ray player online to try features there is a good chance I wont even use much!

    But having said that, I did find a free alternative. I remembered my Mother has an old WRT54G router she isn't using, sooooooo I called her up and asked her to mail it to me. That shall be my bridge. I can stick tomato on it and make it what I need, yes?

    I haven't even changed my main router to Tomato yet, probably just going to wait till hers comes, maybe even "Test" it on there first before I mess with my own.

    But anyway thanks for getting back to me.
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