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Wireless Bridge?

Discussion in 'Networks & Internet Connectivity' started by Murney, 6 Oct 2009.

  1. Murney


    Joined: 8 Mar 2006

    Posts: 438

    Location: Leicester

    I have a WNR834B router at the minute which connects to two PC's via cat5 cable, 1 laptop via wireless and my friends PC who lives roughly 5/6 doors down via wireless.

    Is it possible to get a router his end to act as a bridge (wireless) so he can connect his XBOX and PC via cable (not fussed about wireless his end).

    Signal strengh from his to mine is about 50% with a WN121T to the WNR834B.

    Any ideas? cheaper the better ?

    2 x WRT54GL's ???
  2. wij

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 27 Dec 2006

    Posts: 1,422

    Location: -

    Yes a WRT54GL with Tomato can be set up to do this, but I really wouldn't trust it further than I could throw it, if you put your router say on the top floor of your house near a window facing his and likewise with the bridge end at his place you'd probably get away with it - maybe some external YAGI style directional antenna for the GL would also be a good idea.

    It's not cheaper but it's certainly the better way of doing it IMO and IME:

    1) Use 5Ghz bridges - less congestion around generally so less likely to have interference.

    2) Mount them externally - maybe if you've got a TV antenna pole use that or the like with a clear line of sight.

    3) 5Ghz external grade bridges are around £120 each for a proper weatherproofed bit of kit.
  3. Murney


    Joined: 8 Mar 2006

    Posts: 438

    Location: Leicester

    What about a USB/PCI wireless card with a high gain antenna applied?

    What are the prices for these?