[opensource] DD-WRT bridge and OSU wireless

S James S Stapleton stapleton.41 at osu.edu
Mon Feb 22 15:33:33 EST 2010

Actually, I'd sooner spend the money a PCMCIA card (or whatever the 
replacement is called now) than send it back, which is what I'll end up 
doing if I need wireless here at OSU. The computer won't be unavailable when 
I need it, and it will probably be cheaper than shipping anyway. Sadly, 
Apple is still the only company I know that will pay for the shipping on 
repairs, and this isn't an Apple, but that's a whole other topic. Since I'll 
only be using Windows when accessing osuwireless, I don't see this being a 
problem, I just didn't want to spend the extra money if what I would be 
using this summer could cover all my bases (legitimately). Obviously, both 
functionally and in terms of legitimacy, my planned methodology failed me. 
That's what I get for being cheap.

-Jim Stapleton

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brian Swaney" <swaneybr at opensource.osu.edu>
To: "S James S Stapleton" <stapleton.41 at osu.edu>
Cc: "Open Source Club" <opensource at cse.ohio-state.edu>
Sent: Monday, February 22, 2010 3:21 PM
Subject: Re: [opensource] DD-WRT bridge and OSU wireless

> You can either have it sent back (presumably under warranty), get a new 
> wireless card on your own, or try bridging an osuwireless connection with 
> a router or something. What you choose to do is your choice, and your 
> choice alone. Whichever you choose will have its advantages and 
> disadvantages.
> Keep in mind though, if you try to bridge your connection you will be 
> taking a risk. It's even worse now because I guarantee there are people 
> from OIT reading this debate, so they'll expect you to bridge connections 
> knowing it's not ok. If they aren't listening, they can also see permanent 
> archives of our communications online. Whether or not you propose doing 
> this is your business, but it is not representative of the Open Source 
> Club nor is it supported by us.
> Personally, if I were you I'd just look for network cables to plug my 
> computer into. Different departments have different policies about 
> plugging in laptops, so that's something else to be aware of. I should 
> note here please do NOT try this in our office as the CS&E department will 
> disconnect the port as soon as someone tries that. There are other 
> departments who also have brain spasms about stuff like that, so just 
> something to keep in mind...
> I know it sucks to be in this bind. I've been there myself, without a 
> computer for a few days (I get the in-home service warranty for that 
> reason). It also really sucks when your wireless breaks, especially since 
> they pretty much want you only using osuwireless for network connections 
> everywhere. May as well be a dead laptop when that happens. Good luck with 
> whichever route you take.
> Brian Swaney
> Open Source Club at
> Ohio State University
> Website Administrator
> S James S Stapleton wrote:
>>> 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.
>> The summary:
>> 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 fixed.
>> 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.
>> -Jim Stapleton
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