[opensource] DD-WRT bridge and OSU wireless

Jude DuPart dupart.3 at osu.edu
Mon Feb 22 20:21:36 EST 2010

If not a Minipci card, USB is the easiest route to take. Occasionally I work
in the Buckeyebar in the Thompson Library and have seen, on a few
occurrences, the same issue with the hardwired switch not affecting the
status of the wifi.  Have you looked in to seeing if it is a driver issue or
a problem with the switch, and if it is a switch problem, I'd imagine its
something easily remedied.

On Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 4:24 PM, Paul Betts <paul at paulbetts.org> wrote:

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