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Need advice to connect lots of stuff.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by RCSea, Sep 21, 2004.

  1. RCSea

    RCSea Network Guru Member

    I currently have a BEFW11S4 in the office upstairs that's hardwired to three PCs up there. We use the wireless for a laptop and a tablet downstairs. The signal is not great given the dense construction of the old house we live in, but it works.

    I also have an XBox and two Tivo Series 2 units downstairs, none of which are currently connected to my network. I'm trying to figure out the best way to get the upstairs and downstairs connected, given that I can't run cable between the two floors easily, and also that the router really needs to be hardwired to the main PCs upstairs where I need the best possible bandwidth.

    I was planning to replace the BEFW11S4 with a WRT54G router. Then I thought I could get the WET54GS5 to place downstairs, and plug the three devices into. I cannot seem to find any reviews about the WET54GS5 and only a couple of online stores that even stock it. But the reviews I have read for the WET54G are mostly pretty negative, and the GS5 seems like its just a 5 port version of that, and it's somewhat pricey.

    Is there another solution that would work for around the same price that uses more established products? Or would my idea be sufficient?

  2. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    You could use a WRT54G with a WAP54G. You'd need to connect a mini hub to the WAP54G as it only has one ethernet port.
  3. RCSea

    RCSea Network Guru Member

    I thought of that, but the documentation for the WAP54 seems to indicate that when you put it in bridge mode it cannot talk to anything but another WAP54 that is also in bridge mode, so I didn't think that would work? Then again, I'm not sure how the WET54GS5, which is a bridge, could even talk to the WRT54G which would be operating in AP mode.

    I do have a mini-hub I'm not using for anything at the moment, so if that would work...

    It is almost sounding like it might be easier just to buy a couple of USB wireless adapters for the Tivos and a WGA for the XBox.

  4. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    There's a guide on how to set it up on Linksys's website here, but looking at the notes on the last screenshot it would appear that client access would be disabled if it was setup in this way :?
  5. RCSea

    RCSea Network Guru Member

    Actually, I want to bridge two wired networks, not create a repeater. The big problem I have is that the Tivos must use USB networking, and only support USB wireless adapters for 802.11b, and I'd like to eventually have an all-G network so I don't want to buy a couple of WUSB11s.

    I've done some checking and it looks like the WAP54G can be found nowadays for ~ $65 fairly easily. For that price, I could just buy two WAP54Gs and use them in bridge mode, and they would just talk to each other on their own channel, having nothing to do with the WRT54G. That would be less than the price of just the WET54GS5 alone. The only other thing I'd need to pick up then are a couple of USB-to-Ethernet adapters.

    I don't really get the product/price positioning for that WET45GS5. The cost of a WAP54G and a 4 port hub is almost half that thing, and the WET54GS5 is only a bridge whereas the WAP54G is much more versatile.

  6. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    That's what it would be in effect doing ;)

    Sounds like a plan :)
  7. RCSea

    RCSea Network Guru Member

    Weird. I just needed one WAP54G and a hub, and now it seems to act like a bridge and a signal booster (repeater). I didn't have to do anything to the WRT. I kinda assumed that when they called it a wireless repeater, it would function as a wireless repeater only, and not as a bridge for the ethernet port as well, esp. since they have a mode that is actually called Bridge.

    Anyways, this is working exceptionally well now, thanks! I've been listening to my entire music collection all day now on the home theater without a single hiccup. And it saved me the cost of a second WAP.


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