Bridging Wireless Internet Connection

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by amosjones, Nov 29, 2006.

  1. amosjones

    amosjones Network Guru Member

    I have a question about setup. I might already have it figured out but I would really like some input on how this is actually going to work before I go out and but a bunch of hardware.

    What I have is a cable modem connected to a wireless router (WRT54G) in one room and in another room I have 2 computers and a fax machine that I would love to be able to plug into a Vonage router. Is there any device that I can buy to put in the computer room that would deliver an RJ45 Ethernet Connection to the internet? I have been looking at the WGA54AG (gaming adapter) or WET54G (Bridge).

    What I really need to know is; Will this configuration work -->
    Internet -->Cable modem -->WRT54G -->WGA54AG (????) --> Vonage Router --> Computer(s)
    If this will not work could someone offer a better alternative?

    I know it is a long process, I just have not good way to bring a wire to the room where the computer needs to be.
  2. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Should that work yes, but i have a better cheaper idea for you. Most homes no matter how old are wired for 2 phone lines (8 wires). It sounds like you have a fax machine or 1 line being used, if i was in your situation i would use the other 4 wires to get a hardwire connection to the room and simply use a switch. Let me know if its an option and i can walk your through it.
  3. amosjones

    amosjones Network Guru Member

    The fax machine is not plugged in, we are just using it as a printer right now. There are no lines in the "computer" room except for the power lines. Thanks for the input. I have talked to about 5 people so far and they have all had different Ideas as to how to pull it off.
  4. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    You could replace the WGA54AG mentioned with a WRT54GL, load custom firmware, and use it as a WET. The WRT is a better bet than a gaming adapter IMHO, as it's more versatile (with 3rd party firmware), for more-or-less the same money.

    You should also be able to, if you require, connect your vonage router to either of the 2 WRTs.
  5. amosjones

    amosjones Network Guru Member

    SWEET!!! I have actually made a Bridge with 2 WRT54Gs (V1, V2) I did not know if the ones that work with the firmware could still be found anywhere. Thats what I will look for then. Thanks I will go shopping this afternoon and see what I can find.
  6. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    If you want even better, you can try the WRTSL54GS, which gives you more RAM/flash and other goodies. I'm not sure about the status of 3rd party firmware for this one though.
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