|I've seen this problem posted on a variety of sites and never seen a real solution. I'll try to explain everything, but please understand that I am familiar with ICS and I am aware that they make wireless bridge boxes you can buy but I'm not interested in those solutions.|
I have a small home network with the following archetecture:
linksys wrt54g2 wireless router
CPU 1 Laptop 1 Laptop 2 CPU 2
I would like to create a small network addition attached to CPU 2 of all wired connections, I.E.:
Linksys 5 Port Hub
Variety of Media Hardware
(XBox, Blueray, etc.)
CPU 2 already possesses a working Wireless NIC (Netgear MA311) through which it connect to the router, and a currently unused but funcional 10/100 ethernet NIC.
I do not want to purchase a wireless bridge as I already have all the nessisary hardware and don't want to waste the money. I cannot use ICS as I already use the IP range by ICS for the existing router, and more importantly I need the network to be transparent. I have services running on CPU 1 that I want to access from the media hardware and ICS result in isolated network zones where this is not possible. Likewise the use of another router as a gateway results in isolated network zones.
Fortunatly Windows XP has a built in utility to address just this. Unfortunatly I can't get it to function as described in the liturature.
I have been attempting (in vain) to bridge the wired and wireless NIC's on CPU 2 you create a larger network on a single subnet. The windows bridge utility forms the bridge but the result is that the bridge gets a private IP (APIPA) instead of the IP previously belonging to the MA311. I immediatly lose the internet gateway and connectivity with everything. I've tried versions of ICS, setting IP's manually, configuring alternative IP only. Nothing works. I can't ping anything from CPU 2 (times out, not outright failure) or anything on the far side of CPU 2. The weird thing is, as soon as I remove the Wireless connection from the bridge I get connectivity with the internet and everything on the router side again. I tried one of the laptops on the far side of CPU 2 for testing but I can't get it to connect to anything through the bridge, but it shows up in Network neighborhood from CPU 2 (although I still can't ping it's IP), but not vis-versa.
I'm sure I've left some details out, but you get the picture. Where do I go from here?