Wireless bridge or access point?

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January 5, 2009 at 01:21:49
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.01 GHz / 2047 MB
I have a gaming room set up just out side my house with 10 Xbox 360 using cat 6 to a 16 port gig switch. From time to time all the Xbox's need internet access for game and dashboard(firmware)updates. I have a four port roughter(D-Link DGL-4300)with wireless for my home network in my house. Which would I use to plug into my Gameroom switch to get wirelessly connected to my home network(aprox.70ft from each other). A Wireless bridge or Access point?

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#1
January 5, 2009 at 06:47:58
You need a bridging unit on each network. Once off the router and one off the switch unless your router supports wireless bridging.

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#2
January 5, 2009 at 12:26:14
Thanks for your reply wanderer,
But why would I need two bridges to make this work with my wireless roughter? I only ask this because since my first post I was able to use a laptop with a wireless card as a bridge and connected an Xbox 360 to it using a lan cable a got access to the web with out changing any settings on my roughter.

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#3
January 5, 2009 at 12:53:58
Depending on your budget and the level of you IT skill (or
interest) you may want to have a look at DD-WRT. It is a
free linux based wireless router firmware that supports a
bridging mode. I use it on a linksy's router at home,
works well. It is a bit of a bother to install but the
developers of DD-WRT have tried to make it as painless as
possible and tutorials are available for almost every
supported model.

Hope this helps,

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#4
January 5, 2009 at 14:03:44
I think the confusion about the needing 2 bridges comes from your original statement of wanting to get, "...my Gameroom switch to get wirelessly connected to my home network...", when what you really meant was to get "my gameroom switch wirelessly connected to the Internet through my home network". In other words, you really don't need for the gameroom switch to be joined to the home network in such a way that the Xbox machines are part of the home network Intranet (bridged networks), you just need the Xbox machines to be provided Internet access through the home network Internet connection (Internet Connection Sharing). If you uplinked the 16 port switch to the laptop, and the laptop is capable of routing to 10 different IP addresses, then the setup you have already created would do what you need. If you want a dedicated router to do this rather than using the laptop, then you need a wireless router which can be configured to use the WiFi as the WAN connection, or as a bridge.


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#5
January 5, 2009 at 14:25:31
Lets also add that DD- WRT can't be installed on Dlinks only Linksys routers.

Not all routers can bridge hence the suggestion of two wireless bridges.

But going thru a laptop & ics works just fine also.

Though running a 70ft cable from router to switch would address a number of issues and provide benefits beyond what the laptop can do.


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#6
January 5, 2009 at 17:01:23
Thank pyrolitic,
You are right. That was what I meant to say and I should have worded it as you stated.
Sorry about that wanderer. If it was pratical, I would have used a 70ft cable but it is not.
To try and keep the question simple,I did not add this game room is mobile. I did not add this because I thought it would just take us off topic. You can see picts of it if you wish on my website www.battlebus360.com.
Since it moves alot and since I only need internet connection for updates, wireless would be the most convenient. I did look at the DD-WRT firmware before my post and if I had an old wireless roughter laying around I would try it, but buying a new one with the possibility of bricking it, I thought I would try a strait up approach once I knew what to buy. So I am left with a wireless roughter that can set as bridge or do they make just a brigde that will do the trick (since I all I need is to get the Xbox's on the net)?

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#7
January 6, 2009 at 03:31:03
wanderer - I never suggested installing DDWRT on
anything other than a Linksy's router (though I suppose I
wasnt overly clear). My suggestion was to buy a compatible router, flash it with DDWRT and configure it to
connect wirelessly to the home network. DDWRT has a
Client Bridge mode that allows the flashed Linksy's router
to connect to any existing wireless access point and relay
that signal to its ethernet ports (instead of the reverse that
is usually required where connection from the ethernet is
transmitted wirelessly). I have used my linksy's with
several origional xbox's as well as a couple of desktop
computers with ethernet but no wifi cards and it works
fine.

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#8
January 12, 2009 at 18:01:06
Ok I want the opposite of him. I have a mixed network of wired and wireless on one router in one room and want to add another wireless router or switch using the SAME network SSID info/credentials in another room to allow addition of more wired devices and potentially a couple more computers. Is my best option one bridge or two or what? I run an all windows network, mixed between XP and Vista. I currently use Linksys WRT300N. I want full network functionality. Whats the best way to go about this? Ive NEVER had good luck with multiple routers, and theres no better time than now to change that. -Dusty

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