Wireless acces point question (1 Viewer)

gkellerjr

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Presently have two 722 duo's installed. One is hardwired (ethernet) into my network and the 2nd one does not lend itself to hardwiring an ethernet connection. I want to access dishonline wirelessly and I'm considering a Linksys WES610N to establish the wireless connection to my network and running an ethernet line to the 722. I've already tried several wireless USB receivers (not supported) and I'm inclined to go with this (or similar solution). Any one have any suggestions or experience along this line?

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TG2

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because I have two 722k's each with a Sling Adapter .. 16 megs of wireless traffic *with* the rest of the laptops, phones, game console ...etc.. was more than I wanted to push when maybe needing bandwidth for work related items..

I created a second wireless network, buying two Buffalo WHR-G300N's ... they were 40 bucks at the time, do N and can be (as I did) reloaded with DD-WRT alternative firmware.

The first G300N is set to N mode only, different wireless channel then my gateway, and is 10 feet away from my main gateway hooked to it with an ethernet cable. It is set to access point mode, dhcp turned off - so that it passes through DHCP from my main gateway wireless router, and gives access to my other side of the house where the 2nd G300N is for my 722k, Onkyo AV Reciver, Blueray, spare PC..

The upstairs 722k has a 20 dollar gaming adapter from TrendNet connected to it, it was cheaper than the 25 dollar USB Dongle, and should I need or want to, I can just add a length of Ethernet and hide the small box in the closet where it will still get penty of signal to the G300N acting as the Access Point ...

Here's a basic mockup of the idea.. and it works really well for me .. I've had ZERO problems with connectivity.

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The main thing is that now I don't have any contention for wireless in the house .. I can have my laptop, watching via sling adapter, pushing 8 megs through wireless and not have an issue. People with *one* wireless network and choosing to watch their sling in-house solely on wireless are actually using 16 to 20 megs of wireless bandwidth at once ... 8 to 10 meg *from* the 722 ... and 8 to 10 meg *to* their wireless computer .... 16 to 20 total... and most 54G networks can not handle that much wireless.. and as the range increases the speed drops.

One reason I "froze" the Access point to N networking.. I didn't want any contention like G has ... if you have any wireless B items connecting in your G network .. you slow all the G items down to B speed.

If you want any more info ... just holler .. a good place to check out compatible routers for DD-WRT (strongly recommended) is dd-wrt.com .. from their main page select "Router Database" and then put in the brand of router (linksys dlink netgear) or if you have specific model numbers .. like something on sale locally or via newegg .. put in the model and it tells you detailed info.

Broadcom based routers are a little better than Atheros based ones... but both do well and I'd let price and memory specs be the guide. 8 megs flash means just about any DD-WRT flash file, even the mega which includes customizations for VOIP, VPN, etc, 16 megs is the minimum ram ... I'd recommend 32 where you can find it ... and 64 is awesome if not out of reach on price. Remember 99.9999% of the routers what they come with is what you got ... not like a PC where you can just pop-out one set of chips and go for higher memory density .. so if the difference is 10 to 15 dollars for 2x the memory ... very worth it.. even if you don't do dd-wrt ... more memory usually means better handling of session info & number of pc's and throughput.
 
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gadgtfreek

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I actually use netgear powerline adapters from my DSL modem. At my tv stand, I have the out on the powerline adapter feeding a 4 ports hub that supplies eth cables to all my gear. I've had great success with powerline adapters and prefer slapping one of them in a room I need ethernet.
 

Lord_Vader

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DD-WRT with WDS works great. Only problem I had initially was that they were on different channels. Oops. :) Once I put them both on the same channel (6), it worked great. I didn't need it at first, but the wifi on the iphone / ipad didn't work as good as the laptop. Now I get full wi-fi everywhere in the house.
 

jimdandyvi

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I actually use netgear powerline adapters from my DSL modem. At my tv stand, I have the out on the powerline adapter feeding a 4 ports hub that supplies eth cables to all my gear. I've had great success with powerline adapters and prefer slapping one of them in a room I need ethernet.

I have both my receivers and a SlingBox using Netgear powerline adapters and it is stable and no worries about interference.
 

TG2

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I'm using a Linksys WGA600N wireless game adapter on my 612 receiver and it works great.

and if you need more than one ethernet port ... just add an el-cheap-o switch :)

one additional note about DD-WRT / AP's etc.. like OldEngineer's solution.. right now that shows as 55 dollars refurbed .. 99 new ... go for cheap .... and especially if its a router and supports DD-WRT ... because then you can *make it* what *you* want it to be (bridge, access point, WDS, etc)

example: Newegg.com - TP-LINK TL-WR841ND Wireless N Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n 300Mbps
30 bucks ... 802.11b/g/n .... DD-WRT Supports ver3, 5, & 7. ... So 30 dollars, free shipping, 30 minutes of your time, regardless of what options it has out of the box, you can reload it with DD-WRT and you've paid 5 bucks more than Dish's dongle. With a 20 foot ethernet cable, you could move the box anywhere closer to get better signal if needed ... etc..

or this asus ... 10 dollars more but with *explicit* compatibility with DD-WRT
Newegg.com - ASUS RT-N12/B SuperSpeedN Wireless Router with 2x5dBi Antenna / Open Source DDWRT Support IEEE 802.11b/g/n/d, 802.3/3u, 802.11i/e, IPv4

again these are routers initially ... but re-tasked... so instead of 1 ethernet port you have 4 or 5 .. no need to get a switch if you've got more than one thing to support.
 

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