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Connecting Blu Ray DVD to Internet via wireless devises

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by bigbuster885, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. bigbuster885

    bigbuster885 Addicted to LI Member

    I currently have a Linksys WRT54G version 6 with 2 computers wired using cable modem located on 2nd floor. My home theater is on 1st floor at opposite end of house. Would like to be able to have my Sony S550 DVD access the internet, the Sony has to be hooked up to the devise by Ethernet cable, also thinking of purchasing a devise to stream video to TV and use my lap top in this room.

    I guess a wireless gaming adapter or wireless access point would work for the DVD but wouldn't I have to change the Ethernet cable if I wanted to use other devises? . The street price of Linksys gaming or access point, devises are $60 to $70.
    At that price I could purchase a new router. I am asking if my current WRT54G version 6 could be used as a wireless gaming adapter and then I would purchase a new wireless N router to take the place of my current WRT54G. Would/could the 2 wireless routers communicate with each other and do what it is I want done?

    If so, how difficult is it to accomplish that?
  2. irootsk

    irootsk Addicted to LI Member

    If you want to connect DVD and other devices to network, you have to buy another router and set it up to client mode. Then you can hook up other devices to router via ethernet cable. You need to setup bridge between the router you already have got and new router (client). But for that you need 3rd party firmware such a DD-WRT.
    If you're interested, i can post you link where is described step-by-step how to setup both routers.
  3. bigbuster885

    bigbuster885 Addicted to LI Member

    Yes, I would be interested in having that info. My current router is a Linksys WRT54G version 6 and in looking at the DD-WRT web site if I am understanding it correctly the router I have can not really handle the software so I would have to get a new router. In addition to receiving the instructions I guess I am wondering since my present router can not handle the 3rd party software must I purchase 2 new routers?
    Thank you
  4. irootsk

    irootsk Addicted to LI Member

    That's not true that you present router can't handle 3rd party firmware.
    You can use dd-wrt micro firmware.
    Go to this link and type in WRT54G. You'll see that v6 is supported.

    So have a look at this link where is explained how to setup this configuration.

    If you gonna need some help, let me know :wink:
  5. bigbuster885

    bigbuster885 Addicted to LI Member

    What is gained by using the micro. At this point, I have the WRT54G version 6 router in use for about 2 years without an issue, will it help in setting up this router as an access point? I am also thinking about getting VOIP, is there a need for a different type router to handle that along with the possiblity of Netflix streaming movies?
  6. irootsk

    irootsk Addicted to LI Member

    micro version have got just basic tools necessary for runing. And it's only one you will be able to install because of small Flash memory (only 2MB)
    But if you want to run VOIP you need to get another router with bigger Flash memory.

    Regarding the Netflix. Make sure to upgrade the latest firmware into router.
    Older firmware's had some speed issue.
  7. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    All of these application based questions are really going to depend on the application. Some application do just fine without the forwarding of ports where other do not. You will need to do some research around your particular need. For instance i use vonage and have no issues, well i do have one but its not an issue in my eyes. My vonage adapter does not have the ability to self update because i do not have those ports forwarded, but that does not affect the functionality of the phone. As far as the question for what is gained, you will get more features, but if you do not have a need for those (meaning everything you do now is working fine) then you have no need to change.

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