Solved Use Wireless bridge or access point for DVR?

October 23, 2011 at 14:48:29
Specs: Windows 7, i7, 8 gig RAM
I have a spare computer being used as a DVR in my home theater. Running a CAT 5 cable from my main computer/router (a Linksys 610N) to the home theater computer is not an option. I am unsure if I need a wireless bridge (WET610N), a simultaneous USB wireless-N adapter, or a wireless access point (WAP610N) Would anyone be able to offer some advice and explain why (in layman's terms) I would want what you suggest? I want to maintain Linksys hardware throughout my network.

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#1
October 24, 2011 at 07:12:05
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If you already have a wireless network, all you'd need to do is install a wireless network interface into the computer in question.

If you don't already have a wireless network, then you'd have to do the above and buy a wireless access point to plug into your router to create the WLAN on.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
October 24, 2011 at 08:10:10
Thanks, I was wondering about that, but if I did not want to leave the computer on all the time, would I use a bridge? The USB wireless would be the least expensive, but eventually the added electric charges would cost more than the device (I added the wireless adapter option as an aftrthought, primarily wondering about the WAP vs bridge).

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#3
October 24, 2011 at 10:31:50
Thanks, I was wondering about that, but if I did not want to leave the computer on all the time, would I use a bridge?

I'm not sure I understand what it is you're trying to achieve. What are you planning on using the computer for exactly?

Regardless, if you set the power options of the computer up in such a way that it powers the monitor off after 5 minutes and powers the hard drive down after an hour, when everything is powered off, it won't use much more power than a night light.

What I'm saying is, the power consumption is so low, it would be calculated in dollars per year.

It's worth noting, turning computers off an on all the time is harder on them than leaving them running.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#4
October 24, 2011 at 13:07:58
Thanks again! Instead of purchasing a Tivo (I am WAY cheap sometimes!) I wanted to use what I already have on hand. Hence, the spare computer working as a DVR.
I want to be able to record TV shows when I am not available to watch the broadcast, to get into my Netflix acct for streaming, and to watch my collection of movies from iTunes/.mkv/.avi on my TV as well as other places in the house. I have NAS in place, a router that broadcasts in 5GHz as well as 2.4 GHz, but my spare computer is not wireless capable, as I can only watch the movies I currently own on my primary computer which is not in the living room. When I first posted the question, I was thinking a WAP or bridge, but later edited the query to include a wireless network adapter. The spare computer uses XP.

My ONLY computer knowledge is from trial-&-error since the days of the 8088. Unfortunately, I have frequently wasted money using this method of learning by purchasing wrong hardware. Given the prices for WAP/bridge, I do not want to continue.

Your confirmation of the network adapter is reassuring. Thank you! You have saved me $$ and time.


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#5
October 24, 2011 at 13:20:19
Thanks again! Instead of purchasing a Tivo (I am WAY cheap sometimes!) I wanted to use what I already have on hand.

LOL

I wouldn't say cheap, I'd say smart. If you have an older computer around that works and is doing nothing, and you can use it for something, it only makes sense to me to do so (I must be cheap too......hah!)

Your confirmation of the network adapter is reassuring. Thank you! You have saved me $$ and time.

My pleasure. Make sure when you buy a wireless interface for the computer that you get one that is compatible with XP. At this point in time, I suspect any you do buy will still be since a lot of us are still using XP. But do make sure before spending money.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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