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Linksys Wireless WRT54G vs. WET54G

I apologize for the long post but I want to give you the necessary details.I'm using WMP11 (media sharing enabled) on my PC and want to share video, music and pictures from my PC with my HD DVR #HR21 and Pioneer plasma TV. The PC is running WinXP Professional + SP2. Here is the situation: The PC is in a different room than the HD DVR & Plasma TV. The cable modem and wireless router connected to it is in a 3rd different room of my house. My Setup:-------------Internet via Comcast Cable Modem, which is connected to a Linksys WRT54G wireless router via Cat5 cable. As stated above the cable modem/router, HD DVR/plasma TV and PC are in 3 separate rooms. The PC running WMP11 connects to the Internet/home network via its internal wireless PCI cardSuffice it to say I do not have a hard wire cable modem in the rooms where the PC and HD DVR/Plasma TV are located.The HD DVR is connected to the plasma TV via HDMI cableNow I want to wirelessly connect the HD DVR to my PC running WMP11, which brings me to my question:I realize I can connect the HD DVR to a Linksys WET54G wireless G ethernet bridge or a Linksys wireless gaming adapter to achieve the desired connectivity, but can I wirelessly connect the HD DVR to the 1st Linksys router, mentioned above using a 2nd Linksys WRT54G wireless router functioning as a client bridge instead without creating configuration issues between the 2 routers? Is there any 3rd party software (dd-wrt?) that I will also have to run for this scenario to work? The advantage of going with the 2nd Linksys router instead of the wireless bridge is that it is less expensive and the router provides additional ethernet ports for use with any additional ethernet-equipped components; e.g. HD DVR + XBox.I am not married to using a 2nd router, but I would like to have the option of using something that will provide me with additional ethernet ports for other components. Or am I relegated to purchasing extra wireless bridges for each ethernet-equipped component I want to have in the media area?Not sure if I can use the 2nd ethernet port on the back of the HD DVR to act as a pass-through for Internet/home network access for a 2nd component that requires Internet access? If I can that will take care of connecting the HD DVR and a 2nd component to the Internet & home network just using a single wireless bridge such as the WET54G. But what would I do if I have a 3rd component that needs Internet/network access? Please let me know if what I am suggesting will work and what steps I would need to take in terms of any additional software or set-up process. I don't want to make any purchase before I hear from the experts.Thanks in advance.

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  • michaelduke Jan 21, 2008

    I checked out the dd-wrt and saw the suitable routers that would support the dd-wrt software. I did not see the Linksys WRT54G listed, but did see the WRT54GS. Major difference between the two of them is that the GS model has SpeedBooster installed on it, which helps transmission speed. I am up for trying out the GS but I have some questions:



    All of my PCs in my secure home network are equipped with wireless G adapters, etc., not GS. If I connect a GS device in this environment will that cause any issues within the network? Specifically, the security protocols for all of the wireless G devices are WPA encryption, which is how I set up our home network security. The GS router only has WPA2 security protocol, which does not match what I already have. It is my understanding that if the security protocols of all the hardware in my setup are not exactly the same the home network will not function properly.



    Any suggestions?


    Thanks in advance.

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    How do I setup the client bridge to connect tonmy house router through ddwrt

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Using Tomato firmware, (google it) I have used a WRT54GL to extend the wireless range of another WRT54 router. Use Tomato to create a WDS - Wireless Distribution System. I successfully connected two computers wired to the second router that is connected wirelessly to the first router. This worked flawlessly.

I wanted to watch my sat tv in the computer room and didn't want to buy another TV/Sat receiver, so I bought a Slingbox Solo. They recommended the WET54 for a wireless bridge. I was just about to buy it when I thought, why would I do that. I got a third WRT54G for 1/2 the price of the WET, put Tomato firmware on it and added it to my WDS from my other two routers. I wired the slingbox to it and it streams my satellite TV fine. As for the previous comment, I stream movies from my NAS to two AppleTV's wirelessly with no problems at all. Get the WRT54GL and don't waste your money on the bridge. The bridge essentially connects one wired peripheral to your network. The WRT54GL extends your wireless network and connects 4 more wired peripherals at higher throughput and less money.

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For what it is worth, I fhave found streaming video does not function well using a wireless connection. The options of multipale routers will work as long as you configure them as to not have conflicting IP address assignment's via DHCP, and the routers do not have matching IP address's. Never fear all is possible with paticence. BPCS

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did you check whether you have downloaded the correct firmware for your linksys???

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