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Wireless Bridge and Windows Media Player sharing

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by SirDracula, Aug 20, 2007.

  1. SirDracula

    SirDracula Network Guru Member

    I have a device connected to the Buffalo WHR-HP-G54 (running Tomato 1.07) in wireless bridge mode so that I can access my home LAN media server. I'm trying to use the Media Sharing feature in Windows Media Player 11 which uses UPnP and all sorts of UDP and TCP ports.

    The problem is that the device cannot obtain authorization to access the media server. I think there's something going on with the MAC address that the server sees. It's not the MAC address of the device but instead it's the wireless MAC address of the Buffalo bridge, at least that's what I see reported by WMP11 when I right click on the device it sees and look at the Properties.

    What is weird is that for DHCP requests, the device's true MAC address is seen by the DHCP server so I can assign it a static DHCP address correctly. Not sure where in this media sharing protocol the MAC's get mixed up.

    Anyone experienced the same thing? Any solution? It must have something to do with these broadcast/UDP packets, I just can't put my finger on it.

    thank you
  2. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    Are you using "Wireless Ethernet Bridge" or "Wireless Client" from the Tomato mode menu ?
  3. SirDracula

    SirDracula Network Guru Member

    Wireless Ethernet Bridge
  4. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    That is very strange, especially since the DHCP server has the correct MAC for that device. All I can suggest would be to use 2 buffalo radios and set them up as a WDS bridge. WDS forms a true MAC layer bridge.
  5. SirDracula

    SirDracula Network Guru Member

    At the expense of halving the bandwidth, which is already not enough to begin with (I don't get a good signal between the AP and the Buffalo and they connect at low speeds, but otherwise the connection is stable).
  6. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    WDS only halves the bandwidth if your device connects to the remote radio wirelessly. If you connect by wire, as you are now doing in client bridge mode, there is no lost bandwidth. It will deliver exactly the same bandwidth that client bridge mode delivers, only better. The requirement is that both radios support WDS mode.
  7. SirDracula

    SirDracula Network Guru Member

    But wouldn't WDS half the bandwidth for *other* wireless clients that I'm using? I have some laptops that I backup over wireless and the backups already take a long time (I'd prefer wired if I had a choice, for the added speed), if I enable WDS it would take twice as long, no?
  8. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    No. If the wireless clients continue to link with the primary radio as they are doing right now, their bandwidth will remain the same. One of Tomato's modes of operation is a dedicated WDS mode, which you would use for the second radio, that does not include AP mode and would not support other wireless clients connecting to it.
  9. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    I have been testing windows media player against 2 media servers. WMP v11 in XP does not work with upnp it needs a Windows Media Plugin plugin called On2Share


    whatever you think WMP does with UPNP it doesn't unless your running Vista.

    Have a look at this link. you'll see WinAmp and WMP need a plugin for UPnP to work


    Windows Media Player does however have a UPnP Media Server built in. but not Client support.
  10. SirDracula

    SirDracula Network Guru Member

    I'm trying to use WMP11 as a server, not client. The client is a hardware device attached to the Buffalo running in Client Bridge mode.

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