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  1. #1
    Timothy Daniels
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    need wireless connection between modem & router

    Linksys's Support personnel struck out on this, but here goes:

    I have a Linksys wireless router, model no. WRT54GS, v.7.
    I have a desktop, a laptop, and a printer connected to the router
    via cat 5 cables running10Mb Ethernet. The router also connects
    to a cable modem via cat 6 cable running 10Mb Ethernet. I want
    to move the router, desktop, laptop, and printer upstairs in my condo.
    The cable modem must remain downstairs where the coaxial cable
    terminates because of difficulties in running a cable upstairs. (Please
    just believe me.) The problem is how to link the cable modem to
    the router by wirelessly simulating an Ethernet cable. Is there
    a device (or devices) that can do this?

    *TimDaniels*



  2. #2
    $Bill
    Guest

    Re: need wireless connection between modem & router

    Timothy Daniels wrote:
    > Linksys's Support personnel struck out on this, but here goes:
    >
    > I have a Linksys wireless router, model no. WRT54GS, v.7.
    > I have a desktop, a laptop, and a printer connected to the router
    > via cat 5 cables running10Mb Ethernet. The router also connects
    > to a cable modem via cat 6 cable running 10Mb Ethernet. I want
    > to move the router, desktop, laptop, and printer upstairs in my condo.
    > The cable modem must remain downstairs where the coaxial cable
    > terminates because of difficulties in running a cable upstairs. (Please
    > just believe me.) The problem is how to link the cable modem to
    > the router by wirelessly simulating an Ethernet cable. Is there
    > a device (or devices) that can do this?


    Maybe a second wireless router/access point will do the trick to
    avoid your cabling dilemma ? Might even be cheaper than trying
    to run cables.

  3. #3
    Timothy Daniels
    Guest

    Re: need wireless connection between modem & router


    "$Bill" suggested:
    > Timothy Daniels wrote:
    >> Linksys's Support personnel struck out on this, but here goes:
    >>
    >> I have a Linksys wireless router, model no. WRT54GS, v.7.
    >> I have a desktop, a laptop, and a printer connected to the router
    >> via cat 5 cables running10Mb Ethernet. The router also connects
    >> to a cable modem via cat 6 cable running 10Mb Ethernet. I want
    >> to move the router, desktop, laptop, and printer upstairs in my condo.
    >> The cable modem must remain downstairs where the coaxial cable
    >> terminates because of difficulties in running a cable upstairs. (Please
    >> just believe me.) The problem is how to link the cable modem to
    >> the router by wirelessly simulating an Ethernet cable. Is there
    >> a device (or devices) that can do this?

    >
    > Maybe a second wireless router/access point will do the trick to
    > avoid your cabling dilemma ? Might even be cheaper than trying
    > to run cables.


    What would be the topology of such a setup? That is, what would
    connect to what? It sounds like you'd connect a wireless router to
    the cable modem downstairs, and have that router speak to the
    wireless router upstairs. Would that work? How would the IP
    addresses be arranged so that the desktop upstairs could say that
    it wanted to access the Internet via the modem on the downstairs
    router instead of one of the devices on the upstairs router?

    *TimDaniels*



  4. #4
    1PW
    Guest

    Re: need wireless connection between modem & router

    On 01/19/2009 05:58 PM, Timothy Daniels sent:
    > Linksys's Support personnel struck out on this, but here goes:
    >
    > I have a Linksys wireless router, model no. WRT54GS, v.7.
    > I have a desktop, a laptop, and a printer connected to the router
    > via cat 5 cables running10Mb Ethernet. The router also connects
    > to a cable modem via cat 6 cable running 10Mb Ethernet. I want
    > to move the router, desktop, laptop, and printer upstairs in my condo.
    > The cable modem must remain downstairs where the coaxial cable
    > terminates because of difficulties in running a cable upstairs. (Please
    > just believe me.) The problem is how to link the cable modem to
    > the router by wirelessly simulating an Ethernet cable. Is there
    > a device (or devices) that can do this?
    >
    > *TimDaniels*


    Hello Tim:

    I don't know what your budget limitations might be for a pair of
    wireless Ethernet extenders... However, what is the approximate
    distance from the old to the new location?

    So, despite your requirements Tim, it might /still/ be best to find a
    way to run plenum rated CAT5/CAT6 cable from near the cable modem to
    near the proposed new upstairs location.

    Alternatively, perhaps a way can be found to extend the cable provider's
    RG6 coaxial cable to the new location, therefor allowing you to bring
    the cable modem to the new location too. You'd get TV service, and
    maybe more, at the upstairs location as a bonus.

    Last, but not least, leave the cable modem *and* WRT54GS router
    downstairs and go 802.11G wireless with the desktop, laptop and printer
    employing wireless USB based service using Linksys WUSB54G USB adapters
    or their equivalents. Just use the best appropriate security measures
    if this is undertaken.

    I know this is mostly what you didn't want to read. Sorry...

    Perhaps you could update this thread in the future with your progress.

    Pete
    --
    1PW @?6A62?FEH9:DE=6o2@=]4@> [r4o7t]

  5. #5
    $Bill
    Guest

    Re: need wireless connection between modem & router

    Timothy Daniels wrote:
    >
    > What would be the topology of such a setup? That is, what would
    > connect to what? It sounds like you'd connect a wireless router to
    > the cable modem downstairs, and have that router speak to the
    > wireless router upstairs. Would that work? How would the IP
    > addresses be arranged so that the desktop upstairs could say that
    > it wanted to access the Internet via the modem on the downstairs
    > router instead of one of the devices on the upstairs router?


    I've never done it with a home router (only on UNIX systems that don't
    use broadband). You should be able to make the whole setup upstairs
    act like a gateway for the router downstairs, but I'd have to do a lot
    of research to tell you how to configure it. Maybe a quick support
    question to Linksys would get you an appropriate answer.

  6. #6
    Timothy Daniels
    Guest

    Re: need wireless connection between modem & router

    "1PW" wrote:
    > Timothy Daniels sent:
    >> Linksys's Support personnel struck out on this, but here goes:
    >>
    >> I have a Linksys wireless router, model no. WRT54GS, v.7.
    >> I have a desktop, a laptop, and a printer connected to the router
    >> via cat 5 cables running10Mb Ethernet. The router also connects
    >> to a cable modem via cat 6 cable running 10Mb Ethernet. I want
    >> to move the router, desktop, laptop, and printer upstairs in my condo.
    >> The cable modem must remain downstairs where the coaxial cable
    >> terminates because of difficulties in running a cable upstairs. (Please
    >> just believe me.) The problem is how to link the cable modem to
    >> the router by wirelessly simulating an Ethernet cable. Is there
    >> a device (or devices) that can do this?
    >>
    >> *TimDaniels*

    >
    > Hello Tim:
    >
    > I don't know what your budget limitations might be for a pair of
    > wireless Ethernet extenders... However, what is the approximate
    > distance from the old to the new location?
    >
    > So, despite your requirements Tim, it might /still/ be best to find a
    > way to run plenum rated CAT5/CAT6 cable from near the cable modem to
    > near the proposed new upstairs location.
    >
    > Alternatively, perhaps a way can be found to extend the cable provider's
    > RG6 coaxial cable to the new location, therefor allowing you to bring
    > the cable modem to the new location too. You'd get TV service, and
    > maybe more, at the upstairs location as a bonus.
    >
    > Last, but not least, leave the cable modem *and* WRT54GS router
    > downstairs and go 802.11G wireless with the desktop, laptop and printer
    > employing wireless USB based service using Linksys WUSB54G USB adapters
    > or their equivalents. Just use the best appropriate security measures
    > if this is undertaken.
    >
    > I know this is mostly what you didn't want to read. Sorry...
    >
    > Perhaps you could update this thread in the future with your progress.
    >
    > Pete



    Cat5/Cat6 cable would be only slightly easier to run because it's more
    flexible and thinner than RG6QS cable, but holes would still have to be
    drilled and the cable fished through the same areas. The hardware I'd
    hope to buy used on Ebay - the same way I bought the Linksys wireless
    router and the Ambit cable modem. (Read that "low budget"). I was
    stunned when I called a local home theater installation company - which
    charges $95/hour/person to do that kind of cabling, with a minimum of
    $190 (2 people for one hour). Time Warner guys, who don't even know
    what a Greelee flexible drill bit is, charge $20 to $30 just to come out to
    give an estimate. Then there's the asbestos in the ceiling.... It really makes
    me want to go wireless for the router-modem link.

    *TimDaniels*



  7. #7
    Gene S. Berkowitz
    Guest

    Re: need wireless connection between modem & router

    In article <Ho6dnZEXVsnS0OjUnZ2dnUVZ_t_inZ2d@earthlink.com>,
    SpamBucket@NoSpamPlease.biz says...
    > "1PW" wrote:
    > > Timothy Daniels sent:


    > Cat5/Cat6 cable would be only slightly easier to run because it's more
    > flexible and thinner than RG6QS cable, but holes would still have to be
    > drilled and the cable fished through the same areas. The hardware I'd
    > hope to buy used on Ebay - the same way I bought the Linksys wireless
    > router and the Ambit cable modem. (Read that "low budget"). I was
    > stunned when I called a local home theater installation company - which
    > charges $95/hour/person to do that kind of cabling, with a minimum of
    > $190 (2 people for one hour). Time Warner guys, who don't even know
    > what a Greelee flexible drill bit is, charge $20 to $30 just to come out to
    > give an estimate. Then there's the asbestos in the ceiling.... It really makes
    > me want to go wireless for the router-modem link.
    >
    > *TimDaniels*


    Try Craigslist for an electrician in your area who takes cash. Calling
    a home theater company to run some coax is like calling a neurosurgeon
    to clean out earwax. And have him run both coax and Cat6 to the same
    wall plate. It won't cost much more, and gives you more options.

    --Gene


  8. #8
    Bill M.
    Guest

    Re: need wireless connection between modem & router

    On Mon, 19 Jan 2009 17:58:05 -0800, "Timothy Daniels"
    <SpamBucket@NoSpamPlease.biz> wrote:

    >Linksys's Support personnel struck out on this, but here goes:
    >
    >I have a Linksys wireless router, model no. WRT54GS, v.7.
    >I have a desktop, a laptop, and a printer connected to the router
    >via cat 5 cables running10Mb Ethernet. The router also connects
    >to a cable modem via cat 6 cable running 10Mb Ethernet. I want
    >to move the router, desktop, laptop, and printer upstairs in my condo.
    >The cable modem must remain downstairs where the coaxial cable
    >terminates because of difficulties in running a cable upstairs. (Please
    >just believe me.) The problem is how to link the cable modem to
    >the router by wirelessly simulating an Ethernet cable. Is there
    >a device (or devices) that can do this?
    >
    >*TimDaniels*


    My $0.02

    1. Leave the modem and wireless router where they are; configure the
    laptop for wireless operation and (as a test) carry it upstairs to
    where the equipment would likely reside. How is the signal
    strength/quality?

    If good, then pick up a wireless router that can run dd-wrt firmware,
    (I'm partial to the Linksys WRT54GL, but the dd-wrt website lists many
    supported models), which you would configure as a 'wireless client
    bridge'. The wireless router downstairs would be the Access Point, and
    the wireless router upstairs would be the client. The client connects
    to the AP and shares the connection via its 4 LAN ports.

    2. If the above is not an option, consider some flavor of power line
    networking. I believe you can pick up a pair of devices for about $80.
    Advantages are that the connection is still wired, no cables of any
    kind have to be run, and you're not relying on wireless.

    --
    Bill

  9. #9
    Timothy Daniels
    Guest

    Re: need wireless connection between modem & router

    "Bill M." wrote:
    > "Timothy Daniels" wrote:
    >
    >>I have a Linksys wireless router, model no. WRT54GS, v.7.
    >>I have a desktop, a laptop, and a printer connected to the router
    >>via cat 5 cables running10Mb Ethernet. The router also connects
    >>to a cable modem via cat 6 cable running 10Mb Ethernet. I want
    >>to move the router, desktop, laptop, and printer upstairs in my condo.
    >>The cable modem must remain downstairs where the coaxial cable
    >>terminates because of difficulties in running a cable upstairs. (Please
    >>just believe me.) The problem is how to link the cable modem to
    >>the router by wirelessly simulating an Ethernet cable. Is there
    >>a device (or devices) that can do this?
    >>
    >>*TimDaniels*

    >
    > 1. Leave the modem and wireless router where they are; configure the
    > laptop for wireless operation and (as a test) carry it upstairs to
    > where the equipment would likely reside. How is the signal
    > strength/quality?



    The signal reaching the laptop upstairs is excellent and the speed
    measured via the SpeakEasy.com website is the same as that of
    the wired connection, i.e. 5.8Mbps. Wireless would provide a
    solid connection from the livingroom to the bedroom directly
    above.


    > If good, then pick up a wireless router that can run dd-wrt firmware,
    > (I'm partial to the Linksys WRT54GL, but the dd-wrt website lists
    > many supported models), which you would configure as a 'wireless
    > client bridge'. The wireless router downstairs would be the Access Point,
    > and the wireless router upstairs would be the client. The client connects
    > to the AP and shares the connection via its 4 LAN ports.



    Does that mean that the only way to provide a wireless bridge
    between the wireless router upstairs and the modem downstairs
    is to flash a wireless router with 3rd-party firmware?
    I'd be willing to do it if that were the only way and I could find
    another router cheap on Ebay, but there would be a learning curve
    that I may not be able to afford.


    > 2. If the above is not an option, consider some flavor of power line
    > networking. I believe you can pick up a pair of devices for about $80.
    > Advantages are that the connection is still wired, no cables of any
    > kind have to be run, and you're not relying on wireless.
    >
    > --
    > Bill


    Siemens Speedstream powerline ethernet adaptors got some good
    comments. Retail price is $99, and Amazon is out of stock and there
    aren't any listed on Ebay, and Nextag doesn't list them, either. Since
    I'd need 2 of them, that might be too pricey a solution.
    Amazon is selling a Linksys powerline ethernet bridge, but there's no
    information about it on the Linksys website. I keep reading about
    flakiness of Powerline products and their slow real world data rates,
    and it makes wireless more attractive.

    *TimDaniels*




  10. #10
    Elmo P. Shagnasty
    Guest

    Re: need wireless connection between modem & router

    In article <Fc6dnfig2PA0sujUnZ2dnUVZ_vSdnZ2d@earthlink.com>,
    "Timothy Daniels" <SpamBucket@NoSpamPlease.biz> wrote:

    > Linksys's Support personnel struck out on this, but here goes:
    >
    > I have a Linksys wireless router, model no. WRT54GS, v.7.
    > I have a desktop, a laptop, and a printer connected to the router
    > via cat 5 cables running10Mb Ethernet. The router also connects
    > to a cable modem via cat 6 cable running 10Mb Ethernet. I want
    > to move the router, desktop, laptop, and printer upstairs in my condo.
    > The cable modem must remain downstairs where the coaxial cable
    > terminates because of difficulties in running a cable upstairs. (Please
    > just believe me.) The problem is how to link the cable modem to
    > the router by wirelessly simulating an Ethernet cable. Is there
    > a device (or devices) that can do this?


    Don't overthink this.

    Simply make everything upstairs wireless--laptop, desktop, printer--all
    of them.

    Downstairs is the cable modem and the router. Great. But the router is
    wireless only--nothing wired connects to it.

    Upstairs is the laptop--connected wireless. The desktop--put a wireless
    card in it. The printer--use a wireless to wired ethernet adapter (you
    could use one of those for the desktop, too).

    This way, each device can be ANYWHERE in the house, and not tied to a
    physical location just because it has to wire into something.

    Wired to wireless adapter:

    http://www.linksysbycisco.com/US/en/products/WET54G



    Another alternative: while keeping your cable modem and router
    downstairs, connect them to the house using powerline adapters:

    http://www.linksysbycisco.com/US/en/products/PowerLine

    Imagine plugging a wire from your router into the wall outlet, then
    upstairs from your wall outlet into a small hub/switch. Then plug
    laptop, desktop, printer into the small hub switch.

    This way you get the benefit of hard wiring from downstairs to upstairs,
    without running an actual network wire. Actually, you get the benefit
    of having wired network products ANYWHERE in the house.

    Me, I'd just make everything wireless using the first method above. Why
    complicate things.

  11. #11
    Bill M.
    Guest

    Re: need wireless connection between modem & router

    On Tue, 20 Jan 2009 00:58:21 -0800, "Timothy Daniels"
    <SpamBucket@NoSpamPlease.biz> wrote:

    >"Bill M." wrote:
    >> "Timothy Daniels" wrote:
    >>
    >>>I have a Linksys wireless router, model no. WRT54GS, v.7.
    >>>I have a desktop, a laptop, and a printer connected to the router
    >>>via cat 5 cables running10Mb Ethernet. The router also connects
    >>>to a cable modem via cat 6 cable running 10Mb Ethernet. I want
    >>>to move the router, desktop, laptop, and printer upstairs in my condo.
    >>>The cable modem must remain downstairs where the coaxial cable
    >>>terminates because of difficulties in running a cable upstairs. (Please
    >>>just believe me.) The problem is how to link the cable modem to
    >>>the router by wirelessly simulating an Ethernet cable. Is there
    >>>a device (or devices) that can do this?
    >>>
    >>>*TimDaniels*

    >>
    >> 1. Leave the modem and wireless router where they are; configure the
    >> laptop for wireless operation and (as a test) carry it upstairs to
    >> where the equipment would likely reside. How is the signal
    >> strength/quality?

    >
    >
    > The signal reaching the laptop upstairs is excellent and the speed
    > measured via the SpeakEasy.com website is the same as that of
    > the wired connection, i.e. 5.8Mbps. Wireless would provide a
    > solid connection from the livingroom to the bedroom directly
    > above.


    IMHO, this is definitely the frontrunner so far. Other solutions,
    including running coax, running Cat5, and Powerline, are not as
    attractive now that you know the wireless signal is more than
    adequate.


    >> If good, then pick up a wireless router that can run dd-wrt firmware,
    >> (I'm partial to the Linksys WRT54GL, but the dd-wrt website lists
    >> many supported models), which you would configure as a 'wireless
    >> client bridge'. The wireless router downstairs would be the Access Point,
    >> and the wireless router upstairs would be the client. The client connects
    >> to the AP and shares the connection via its 4 LAN ports.

    >
    >
    > Does that mean that the only way to provide a wireless bridge
    > between the wireless router upstairs and the modem downstairs
    > is to flash a wireless router with 3rd-party firmware?
    > I'd be willing to do it if that were the only way and I could find
    > another router cheap on Ebay, but there would be a learning curve
    > that I may not be able to afford.


    No, flashing a wireless router isn't the only way, but it's usually
    cheaper since wireless routers cost less than bridges, probably due to
    economy of scale. For example, the Linksys WET54G is an actual bridge
    device, but it costs $80-85 new, depending on where you shop. Compare
    that to a Linksys WRT54GL, for $60-65 new. Ebay usually has lots of
    used wireless routers that would be suitable, but you'll typically
    find far fewer bridges for sale.


    >> 2. If the above is not an option, consider some flavor of power line
    >> networking. I believe you can pick up a pair of devices for about $80.
    >> Advantages are that the connection is still wired, no cables of any
    >> kind have to be run, and you're not relying on wireless.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Bill

    >
    > Siemens Speedstream powerline ethernet adaptors got some good
    > comments. Retail price is $99, and Amazon is out of stock and there
    > aren't any listed on Ebay, and Nextag doesn't list them, either. Since
    > I'd need 2 of them, that might be too pricey a solution.
    > Amazon is selling a Linksys powerline ethernet bridge, but there's no
    > information about it on the Linksys website. I keep reading about
    > flakiness of Powerline products and their slow real world data rates,
    > and it makes wireless more attractive.
    >
    >*TimDaniels*


    They were talking about Powerline networking products in
    alt.internet.wireless just recently. Some people have had good
    results, while others had poor results. I suppose it depends on
    several factors, including how much noise is on your lines. I have no
    personal experience and only mentioned them for completeness.

    I wouldn't be surprised if there's a step by step guide in the dd-wrt
    Wiki on how to set up a router as a wireless client bridge. I'll help
    you look if you're interested. I think you'll find it's a few clicks
    and done. I have two WRT54GL routers running as client bridges here.

    --
    Bill

  12. #12
    Timothy Daniels
    Guest

    Re: need wireless connection between modem & router

    "Bill M." wrote:
    > "Timothy Daniels" wrote:
    >
    >>"Bill M." wrote:
    >>> "Timothy Daniels" wrote:
    >>>
    >>>>I have a Linksys wireless router, model no. WRT54GS, v.7.
    >>>>I have a desktop, a laptop, and a printer connected to the router
    >>>>via cat 5 cables running10Mb Ethernet. The router also connects
    >>>>to a cable modem via cat 6 cable running 10Mb Ethernet. I want
    >>>>to move the router, desktop, laptop, and printer upstairs in my condo.
    >>>>The cable modem must remain downstairs where the coaxial cable
    >>>>terminates because of difficulties in running a cable upstairs. (Please
    >>>>just believe me.) The problem is how to link the cable modem to
    >>>>the router by wirelessly simulating an Ethernet cable. Is there
    >>>>a device (or devices) that can do this?
    >>>>
    >>>>*TimDaniels*
    >>>
    >>> 1. Leave the modem and wireless router where they are; configure the
    >>> laptop for wireless operation and (as a test) carry it upstairs to
    >>> where the equipment would likely reside. How is the signal
    >>> strength/quality?

    >>
    >>
    >> The signal reaching the laptop upstairs is excellent and the speed
    >> measured via the SpeakEasy.com website is the same as that of
    >> the wired connection, i.e. 5.8Mbps. Wireless would provide a
    >> solid connection from the livingroom to the bedroom directly
    >> above.

    >
    > IMHO, this is definitely the frontrunner so far. Other solutions,
    > including running coax, running Cat5, and Powerline, are not as
    > attractive now that you know the wireless signal is more than
    > adequate.
    >
    >
    >>> If good, then pick up a wireless router that can run dd-wrt firmware,
    >>> (I'm partial to the Linksys WRT54GL, but the dd-wrt website lists
    >>> many supported models), which you would configure as a 'wireless
    >>> client bridge'. The wireless router downstairs would be the Access Point,
    >>> and the wireless router upstairs would be the client. The client connects
    >>> to the AP and shares the connection via its 4 LAN ports.

    >>
    >>
    >> Does that mean that the only way to provide a wireless bridge
    >> between the wireless router upstairs and the modem downstairs
    >> is to flash a wireless router with 3rd-party firmware?
    >> I'd be willing to do it if that were the only way and I could find
    >> another router cheap on Ebay, but there would be a learning curve
    >> that I may not be able to afford.

    >
    > No, flashing a wireless router isn't the only way, but it's usually
    > cheaper since wireless routers cost less than bridges, probably due to
    > economy of scale. For example, the Linksys WET54G is an actual bridge
    > device, but it costs $80-85 new, depending on where you shop. Compare
    > that to a Linksys WRT54GL, for $60-65 new. Ebay usually has lots of
    > used wireless routers that would be suitable, but you'll typically
    > find far fewer bridges for sale.



    I see several WET54G wireless ethernet bridges for sale on Ebay
    at widely varying prices. Remembering that the router upstairs can
    connect to a device wirelessly, would one or two wireless bridges
    be needed to form the link between the modem downstairs and the
    router upstairs?

    *TimDaniels*



  13. #13
    Timothy Daniels
    Guest

    Re: need wireless connection between modem & router

    "Elmo P. Shagnasty" advised:
    > "Timothy Daniels" wrote:
    >
    >> I have a Linksys wireless router, model no. WRT54GS, v.7.
    >> I have a desktop, a laptop, and a printer connected to the router
    >> via cat 5 cables running10Mb Ethernet. The router also connects
    >> to a cable modem via cat 6 cable running 10Mb Ethernet. I want
    >> to move the router, desktop, laptop, and printer upstairs in my condo.
    >> The cable modem must remain downstairs where the coaxial cable
    >> terminates because of difficulties in running a cable upstairs. (Please
    >> just believe me.) The problem is how to link the cable modem to
    >> the router by wirelessly simulating an Ethernet cable. Is there
    >> a device (or devices) that can do this?

    >
    > Don't overthink this.
    >
    > Simply make everything upstairs wireless--laptop, desktop, printer--
    > all of them.
    >
    > Downstairs is the cable modem and the router. Great. But the
    > router is wireless only--nothing wired connects to it.
    >
    > Upstairs is the laptop--connected wireless. The desktop--put a
    > wireless card in it. The printer--use a wireless to wired ethernet
    > adapter (you could use one of those for the desktop, too).
    >
    > This way, each device can be ANYWHERE in the house, and
    > not tied to a physical location just because it has to wire into
    > something.
    >
    > Wired to wireless adapter:
    > http://www.linksysbycisco.com/US/en/products/WET54G



    My major problem is financial. Making all the devices connect
    wirelessly would involve buying and installing two wireless adaptors -
    one for the desktop and one for the printer (and the printer will be
    sitting right next to the desktop). The WET54G does look like a
    proper candidate for the job of simulating the ethernet link, though.

    What intrigues me is the idea of using a single WET54G (many are
    sold on Ebay) for the link between the modem downstairs and the
    WRT54GS wireless router upstairs. Could just one WET54G
    form that connection with the WRT54GS router upstairs, or would
    I need 2 WET54G's - one at the modem and another at the router?


    > Another alternative: while keeping your cable modem and router
    > downstairs, connect them to the house using powerline adapters:
    >
    > http://www.linksysbycisco.com/US/en/products/PowerLine
    >
    > Imagine plugging a wire from your router into the wall outlet, then
    > upstairs from your wall outlet into a small hub/switch. Then plug
    > laptop, desktop, printer into the small hub switch.
    >
    > This way you get the benefit of hard wiring from downstairs to
    > upstairs, without running an actual network wire. Actually, you
    > get the benefit of having wired network products ANYWHERE
    > in the house.
    >
    > Me, I'd just make everything wireless using the first method above.
    > Why complicate things.



    Powerline ethernet adaptors might be the easiest way to go if
    the upstairs wall outlets and the downstairs wall outlets are on
    the same branch circuit. (I don't want to get into placing
    capacitor bridges between branch circuits.) Another problem
    is price - they don't appear much on Ebay, etc. as used devices,
    and having to buy two units at retail would break the bank.
    I'd definitely go with wireless if I could get away with just one
    wireless ethernet adaptor, e.g. the Linksys WET54G, instead of
    two.

    *TimDaniels*



  14. #14
    Bill M.
    Guest

    Re: need wireless connection between modem & router

    On Tue, 20 Jan 2009 10:20:14 -0800, "Timothy Daniels"
    <SpamBucket@NoSpamPlease.biz> wrote:

    >"Bill M." wrote:
    >> No, flashing a wireless router isn't the only way, but it's usually
    >> cheaper since wireless routers cost less than bridges, probably due to
    >> economy of scale. For example, the Linksys WET54G is an actual bridge
    >> device, but it costs $80-85 new, depending on where you shop. Compare
    >> that to a Linksys WRT54GL, for $60-65 new. Ebay usually has lots of
    >> used wireless routers that would be suitable, but you'll typically
    >> find far fewer bridges for sale.

    >
    >
    > I see several WET54G wireless ethernet bridges for sale on Ebay
    > at widely varying prices. Remembering that the router upstairs can
    > connect to a device wirelessly, would one or two wireless bridges
    > be needed to form the link between the modem downstairs and the
    > router upstairs?
    >
    >*TimDaniels*


    If I'm following the story correctly, you're suggesting the modem will
    remain downstairs and everything else (wireless router, desktop PC,
    laptop, and printer) will all move upstairs. All of the equipment
    upstairs would continue to be connected to the router via Cat5 cables.

    I don't think that will work since it would require the bridge to be
    placed downstairs, cabled to the modem, and connecting as a client to
    the router's built in Access Point. That would put the bridge on the
    router's LAN, while it needs to be on the router's WAN in that case.
    Swapping the router and the bridge should work, leaving the router
    cabled to the modem and acting as an Access Point, and the bridge
    located upstairs acting as a wireless client. Unfortunately, that
    probably means you need more ports upstairs, such as you'd find on a
    switch or router.

    To sum up, a single bridge device is required. It would be best to
    leave the router downstairs with the modem and place the bridge
    upstairs. The bridge only has a single Ethernet port, so you'll likely
    need a device (switch, router, even a hub, etc) that can provide
    additional ports for your 3 networked devices.

    --
    Bill

  15. #15
    Timothy Daniels
    Guest

    Re: need wireless connection between modem & router

    "Bill M." wrote:
    > "Timothy Daniels" wrote:
    >
    >>"Bill M." wrote:
    >>> No, flashing a wireless router isn't the only way, but it's usually
    >>> cheaper since wireless routers cost less than bridges, probably due to
    >>> economy of scale. For example, the Linksys WET54G is an actual bridge
    >>> device, but it costs $80-85 new, depending on where you shop. Compare
    >>> that to a Linksys WRT54GL, for $60-65 new. Ebay usually has lots of
    >>> used wireless routers that would be suitable, but you'll typically
    >>> find far fewer bridges for sale.

    >>
    >>
    >> I see several WET54G wireless ethernet bridges for sale on Ebay
    >> at widely varying prices. Remembering that the router upstairs can
    >> connect to a device wirelessly, would one or two wireless bridges
    >> be needed to form the link between the modem downstairs and the
    >> router upstairs?
    >>
    >>*TimDaniels*

    >
    > If I'm following the story correctly, you're suggesting the modem will
    > remain downstairs and everything else (wireless router, desktop PC,
    > laptop, and printer) will all move upstairs. All of the equipment
    > upstairs would continue to be connected to the router via Cat5 cables.
    >
    > I don't think that will work since it would require the bridge to be
    > placed downstairs, cabled to the modem, and connecting as a client
    > to the router's built in Access Point. That would put the bridge on the
    > router's LAN, while it needs to be on the router's WAN in that case.
    > Swapping the router and the bridge should work, leaving the router
    > cabled to the modem and acting as an Access Point, and the bridge
    > located upstairs acting as a wireless client. Unfortunately, that
    > probably means you need more ports upstairs, such as you'd find on
    > a switch or router.
    >
    > To sum up, a single bridge device is required. It would be best to
    > leave the router downstairs with the modem and place the bridge
    > upstairs. The bridge only has a single Ethernet port, so you'll likely
    > need a device (switch, router, even a hub, etc) that can provide
    > additional ports for your 3 networked devices.
    >
    > --
    > Bill



    But that would necessitate buying multiple devices to accomplish my
    goal - a financial no-no. At this point, I'm re-considering coaxial cable.
    It would have to run along the floor, up a corner of the interior wall,
    and penetrate an asbestos-containing plaster ceiling - OR run it along
    the floor, through a sliding glass door frame to the outside and then up
    an exterior patio wall to penetrate the bedroom floor above. I'd want
    to use compression-fit connectors - which means buying an expensive
    tool or hiring a professional cabler from Craigslist to do the work. OR
    switching to DSL. OR leaving the home office in the livingroom and
    telling the future roommate to live somewhere else. :-)

    Thanks for your insights, guys.

    *TimDaniels*



  16. #16
    Bill M.
    Guest

    Re: need wireless connection between modem & router

    On Tue, 20 Jan 2009 10:49:20 -0800, "Timothy Daniels"
    <SpamBucket@NoSpamPlease.biz> wrote:

    >> Wired to wireless adapter:
    >> http://www.linksysbycisco.com/US/en/products/WET54G

    >
    > My major problem is financial. Making all the devices connect
    > wirelessly would involve buying and installing two wireless adaptors -
    > one for the desktop and one for the printer (and the printer will be
    > sitting right next to the desktop). The WET54G does look like a
    > proper candidate for the job of simulating the ethernet link, though.


    While the WET54G is a proper candidate, you'd get more functionality
    at potentially a lower cost by flashing a router. In addition to the
    basic bridge function, you'd also get the additional LAN ports that
    you probably need.

    >
    > What intrigues me is the idea of using a single WET54G (many are
    > sold on Ebay) for the link between the modem downstairs and the
    > WRT54GS wireless router upstairs. Could just one WET54G
    > form that connection with the WRT54GS router upstairs, or would
    > I need 2 WET54G's - one at the modem and another at the router?


    Just one.

    --
    Bill

  17. #17
    Timothy Daniels
    Guest

    Re: need wireless connection between modem & router

    "Bill M." wrote:
    > "Timothy Daniels" wrote:
    >
    >>> Wired to wireless adapter:
    >>> http://www.linksysbycisco.com/US/en/products/WET54G

    >>
    >> My major problem is financial. Making all the devices connect
    >> wirelessly would involve buying and installing two wireless adaptors -
    >> one for the desktop and one for the printer (and the printer will be
    >> sitting right next to the desktop). The WET54G does look like a
    >> proper candidate for the job of simulating the ethernet link, though.

    >
    > While the WET54G is a proper candidate, you'd get more functionality
    > at potentially a lower cost by flashing a router. In addition to the
    > basic bridge function, you'd also get the additional LAN ports that
    > you probably need.
    >
    >>
    >> What intrigues me is the idea of using a single WET54G (many are
    >> sold on Ebay) for the link between the modem downstairs and the
    >> WRT54GS wireless router upstairs. Could just one WET54G
    >> form that connection with the WRT54GS router upstairs, or would
    >> I need 2 WET54G's - one at the modem and another at the router?

    >
    > Just one.
    >
    > --
    > Bill


    OK, so there's a viable option to running cable upstairs - a single
    WET54G or a single flashed WRT54GS. Is there any online
    documentation on setting up the downstairs flashed WRT54GS as
    an ethernet adaptor to link to the upstairs unflashed WRT54GS?
    I looked at the dd-wrt.com website, and there doesn't seem to be
    any description of that function and how to set it up. Is there a
    name for that function that would help in finding instructions on
    how to set it up?

    *TimDaniels*



  18. #18
    $Bill
    Guest

    Re: need wireless connection between modem & router

    Timothy Daniels wrote:
    >
    > But that would necessitate buying multiple devices to accomplish my
    > goal - a financial no-no.


    Switches/hubs are cheap.


  19. #19
    Bill M.
    Guest

    Re: need wireless connection between modem & router

    On Tue, 20 Jan 2009 14:28:46 -0800, "Timothy Daniels"
    <SpamBucket@NoSpamPlease.biz> wrote:

    >"Bill M." wrote:
    >> "Timothy Daniels" wrote:
    >>
    >>>> Wired to wireless adapter:
    >>>> http://www.linksysbycisco.com/US/en/products/WET54G
    >>>
    >>> My major problem is financial. Making all the devices connect
    >>> wirelessly would involve buying and installing two wireless adaptors -
    >>> one for the desktop and one for the printer (and the printer will be
    >>> sitting right next to the desktop). The WET54G does look like a
    >>> proper candidate for the job of simulating the ethernet link, though.

    >>
    >> While the WET54G is a proper candidate, you'd get more functionality
    >> at potentially a lower cost by flashing a router. In addition to the
    >> basic bridge function, you'd also get the additional LAN ports that
    >> you probably need.
    >>
    >>>
    >>> What intrigues me is the idea of using a single WET54G (many are
    >>> sold on Ebay) for the link between the modem downstairs and the
    >>> WRT54GS wireless router upstairs. Could just one WET54G
    >>> form that connection with the WRT54GS router upstairs, or would
    >>> I need 2 WET54G's - one at the modem and another at the router?

    >>
    >> Just one.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Bill

    >
    > OK, so there's a viable option to running cable upstairs - a single
    > WET54G or a single flashed WRT54GS. Is there any online
    > documentation on setting up the downstairs flashed WRT54GS as
    > an ethernet adaptor to link to the upstairs unflashed WRT54GS?
    > I looked at the dd-wrt.com website, and there doesn't seem to be
    > any description of that function and how to set it up. Is there a
    > name for that function that would help in finding instructions on
    > how to set it up?
    >
    >*TimDaniels*


    Here's the best, most detailed, instructions that I found:
    http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Wireless_Bridge

    I would again advise to leave the existing router downstairs near the
    modem. That router will be the Access Point. The flashed router will
    be the Client, so it needs to be upstairs and all of the other 3
    devices will plug into its LAN ports. It's WAN port will not be used
    (unless you perform the step to assign the WAN port to the LAN.)

    --
    Bill

  20. #20
    Timothy Daniels
    Guest

    Re: need wireless connection between modem & router

    "Bill M." wrote:
    > "Timothy Daniels" wrote:
    >
    >>"Bill M." wrote:
    >>> "Timothy Daniels" wrote:
    >>>
    >>>>> Wired to wireless adapter:
    >>>>> http://www.linksysbycisco.com/US/en/products/WET54G
    >>>>
    >>>> My major problem is financial. Making all the devices connect
    >>>> wirelessly would involve buying and installing two wireless adaptors -
    >>>> one for the desktop and one for the printer (and the printer will be
    >>>> sitting right next to the desktop). The WET54G does look like a
    >>>> proper candidate for the job of simulating the ethernet link, though.
    >>>
    >>> While the WET54G is a proper candidate, you'd get more functionality
    >>> at potentially a lower cost by flashing a router. In addition to the
    >>> basic bridge function, you'd also get the additional LAN ports that
    >>> you probably need.
    >>>
    >>>>
    >>>> What intrigues me is the idea of using a single WET54G (many are
    >>>> sold on Ebay) for the link between the modem downstairs and the
    >>>> WRT54GS wireless router upstairs. Could just one WET54G
    >>>> form that connection with the WRT54GS router upstairs, or would
    >>>> I need 2 WET54G's - one at the modem and another at the router?
    >>>
    >>> Just one.
    >>>
    >>> --
    >>> Bill

    >>
    >> OK, so there's a viable option to running cable upstairs - a single
    >> WET54G or a single flashed WRT54GS. Is there any online
    >> documentation on setting up the downstairs flashed WRT54GS as
    >> an ethernet adaptor to link to the upstairs unflashed WRT54GS?
    >> I looked at the dd-wrt.com website, and there doesn't seem to be
    >> any description of that function and how to set it up. Is there a
    >> name for that function that would help in finding instructions on
    >> how to set it up?
    >>
    >>*TimDaniels*

    >
    > Here's the best, most detailed, instructions that I found:
    > http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Wireless_Bridge
    >
    > I would again advise to leave the existing router downstairs near the
    > modem. That router will be the Access Point. The flashed router will
    > be the Client, so it needs to be upstairs and all of the other 3
    > devices will plug into its LAN ports. It's WAN port will not be used
    > (unless you perform the step to assign the WAN port to the LAN.)
    >
    > --
    > Bill


    Thanks for the informative link. You don't say why you'd recommend
    the Wireless Client mode instead of the Wireless Bridge mode. In the
    Wireless Client mode, would the laptop connect wirelessly to the
    upstairs client router or only to the downstairs Access Point router?
    In the Wireless Bridge mode, would the laptop be able to connect
    wirelessly to just the upstairs router, to either router, or to just the
    downstairs router?

    *TimDaniels*



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