Using wireless network to serve bluray player

January 26, 2011 at 14:52:13
Specs: Windows Vista
Currently my main internet connection is via a wireless modem router upstairs, that connects via ethernet to the main PC and serves wireless laptops over the house. I would like to connect my TV, Bluray player and PVR to the internet as well (all of which are downstairs). The problem is, they also require an ethernet connection and it seems silly to wire a cable from a 4port switch all the way upstairs. Is it simple to connect the TV etc via ethernet to a wireless access point which in turn transmits and receives wirelessly to and from the wireless router upstairs? So the network map for this particular application would be:

ADSL cable > Wireless modem router > *Wireless Transmission* > Access Point > *Ethernet Connection* > TV, Bluray, PVR

or perhaps would it be simpler to have the router downstairs connected to another phone port? it could then serve the TV etc using a standard 4port switch (as the router we have only has 1 ethernet connector :@) and then connect the main PC wirelessly using a USB wireless adapter.

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January 26, 2011 at 16:17:28
Get a wireless gaming adapter (WGA)...

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January 27, 2011 at 02:10:25
Thanks for the advice, the problem with gaming adapters is they are expensive and mostly only have 1 ethernet port so i would need three of them :(

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January 27, 2011 at 06:29:50
You only need one WGA with a switch. Or you can get a Wireless Access Point (WAP).

P.S. I don't see how "3 used from $50.00" is expensive. Did you even look at the post?

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January 28, 2011 at 11:06:48
Yes I did lol and thanks, i didnt realise a single WGA would support 3 different connections. A $30 new wireless access point would do the job if you think such a setup will work.

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January 28, 2011 at 11:14:10
You could get a WAP and see if it works. If not then you have another device you could use to extend your wireless or just return it. As long as you don't try to root the firmware most place will take them back. I have never used a WAP in this way before, only just used WGAs this way and then only with one device.

It does appear that a WGA will not work with a Switch. You will have to us a WAP like said above.

There might be some wireless bridges which might work for you...

They are more expensive because you can hook more than one device. You might see if you can root a wireless router to turn it into a wireless bridge to save money.

Just be careful not to brick the router.

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January 29, 2011 at 03:06:56
Thanks for the support, it would appear that to enable a wireless bridge the manufacturer of the access point has to be the same as the router, or at least the settings have to be identical. I think its probably best to have the router by the TV etc and just have the upstairs PC connected using a wireless adapter. Thanks again for the replies, it has definitely outlined the pros and cons of the suggested setup.

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