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 Post subject: Wireless Bridging
PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:32 am 
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I sometimes need to connect a wired device where of course some jerk has no wire. I need a CHEAP device to attach to a wifi link and provide wired connectivity.

I tried buying cheap wi-fi routers and doing a WRT mod and made a nice brick.

Any suggestions?


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 Post subject: Re: Wireless Bridging
PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:33 pm 
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ASUS WL-330gE - Portable Wireless Access Point with 4 Functions: Access Point, Ethernet Adapter, Gateway, and Universal Repeater - 802.11b/g

This would do the job for you, last I checked around $45 on Amazon.


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 Post subject: Re: Wireless Bridging
PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 6:34 pm 
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Thanks, I'll look it over.


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 Post subject: Re: Wireless Bridging
PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:20 pm 
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The WL-330gE is $32.23 shipped (after $10 rebate) @ Newegg.

Btw, what's your definition of "cheap"? What are the minimum specs, wireless G or N?

A dd-wrt/tomato compatible router is a better solution imo, esp. when on sale. OTOH, it appears you've been down that road w/o success. The WL-330gE is nice, but the biggest problem I have with these "travel routers" is range. In an effort to maintain that small footprint, they often resort to a mediocre antenna solution. I’d definitely recommend having one for the road, but it’s not the kind of device I’d recommend for home use.

FWIW, the best routers for dd-wrt/tomato are ASUS because it’s actually quite difficult to brick them. They use a special recovery mode for firmware updates (e.g., WL-520GU, WL-520GC, WL-500GP V2, RT-N12). I’ve updated the firmware on all these models, many times, and helped numerous other ppl update theirs, and neither I nor they ever bricked one. When it comes to other models, it does get a bit more risky.

Heck, if you’re afraid of bricking one, just buy one off eBay w/ dd-wrt or tomato already installed.


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