[opensource] DD-WRT bridge and OSU wireless

Paul Betts paul at paulbetts.org
Mon Feb 22 16:24:55 EST 2010

A Mini-PCI wifi card is pretty cheap on Ebay and is usually user- 

Paul Betts


On Feb 22, 2010, at 12:33, "S James S Stapleton" <stapleton. 
41 at osu.edu> wrote:

> 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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