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How can I set up a wireless access point to connect to an existing wireless network?


I already have an existing wireless network. How can I connect an additional access point wirelessly to that network so that the new access point can provide a wired connection to other devices on the network?


Background:

My wife's family gave us a Samsung Blu-ray player as a gift. It has Netflix, Pandora, and other services built-in, provided you can establish an internet connection.

It can only accept a standard Cat5 ethernet connection (the BD-P1600 model allows for an optional propietary wireless adapter, but ours is the BD-P1590, so this option is not available).

In lieu of running Cat5 cable all over our home, I'd like to be able to set up a wireless access point to connect to our existing wireless network and then serve as a hub for wired connections. Can a standard consumer router (such as the Linksys WRT54G) be set up for this purpose or do I need a different device?




Solution

the wrt54g- and many other routers will work in client mode IF you have third party firmware - such as dd-wrt which mostly works on the GL and older builds.My suggestion is pick a router firmware distro such as openwrt or ddwrt, look at its feature list, then pick a router they support- since not every router will do what you want.





Comments (5)

  • +0 – Thanks for the suggestion. I may try to do that with the WRT54G that I have. Can you recommend any links that reference the specific functionality that we are discussiong? — Jan 01, 2010 at 22:32  
  • +0 – you want use a WRT54G to get Netflix (HD video) content to your bluray player? good luck with that. try 5 GHz Wireless-N instead. — Jan 01, 2010 at 23:45  
  • +0 – Personally, I don't care at this point if I get HD content from Netflix. I've been watching SD content from my laptop (connected to the TV) which is connected wirelessly to this exact router. It works just fine. I'm just happy to have a device that I don't have to set-up every time I want to watch Netflix. — Jan 02, 2010 at 00:05  
  • +1 – as for links and tutorials, check my answer here (once you use the WRT54G in repeater mode with DD-WRT it should also work with a wired connection): superuser.com/questions/89759/… — Jan 02, 2010 at 00:15  
  • +0 – @Ben, DD-WRT calls it "Client Bridge" mode and it's AKA "wireless bridge", dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Wireless_Bridge. It's much easier to get it working without any type of security or MAC filtering and then add it back piece by piece. — Jan 02, 2010 at 06:08