[opensource] DD-WRT bridge and OSU wireless
S James S Stapleton
stapleton.41 at osu.edu
Mon Feb 22 14:24:35 EST 2010
> So, here's a question - why does James even want to do this? What's
> the problem that he's trying to solve, and can he solve it in a less
> suspension-inducing way? Also, DD-WRT bridging is very janky and
> usually only works between two identical routers.
I've sent several replies and none of them have shown up.
1) The wireless on my notebook is dead (no matter the position of the
switch, it says the wireless connection is physically 'off'). I will *very
likely* need wireless in about two weeks (OSU wireless). During that two
week interim I will also need my notebook, so I can't send it to get it
Potential solutions: Wireless Card, Wireless Bridge.
2) I will likely not need the wireless card again, unless something breaks.
This I could see myself using again for other purposes (like at-home
wireless, if I chose to set that up).
3) I have only had bad luck with wireless and FreeBSD or Linux. If the
bridge supported what I need, it would be fine in FreeBSD or Linux, since I
only need the wired LAN driver, which hasn't been a problem for any system
I've had in ~8 years. Unfortunately, when I will need wireless on these two
operating systems, there won't an internet connection accessible except
through wireless (and I'll be a couple hundred miles away), so if I have any
trouble setting it up, I wouldn't be likely to find help.
4) Actual RJ45->wireless bridges that I've found cost around $80 to get
something decent, whereas routers that can be DD-WRT'ed cost around $30
(hence my decision for a router to act as a network client, rather than a
dedicated bridge device)
So, yeah, I can get a USB or PC Card adaptor for Windows, and have my
problem solved. I was just hoping for a solution that would kill more birds
with one stone, so to speak, and save some money.
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