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AE Lane Mar 22, 2012, 04:49pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I had netgear wall-bridges to connect two points, but I think it has quit working because I can't access the internet, and do have internet on the computer plugged into the cable box/router. (I have a cable modem that is also the router from my cable co.)

To save $$$ I was wondering if there is any way to use of the following equipment as bridges:

Linksys Broadband firewall router, BEFSX41
Linksys 10/100 8-port workgroup switch, EZXS88W
Linksys Broadband Wireless-G Router, WRT54G
Linksys Ethernest cable/DSL Router, BEFSR41

I simply want to connect my computer in the other room to the internet and to my network


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Seth Hoffman Mar 22, 2012, 05:24pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Can I make a router into a bridge?
You should be able to turn one of those routers into just a gateway via the firmware options. This will forward traffic to your main router and out to the Internet.

I have done this with the WGRT54G


AE Lane Mar 23, 2012, 10:15am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Can I make a router into a bridge?
Thank you so much for your reply.

Do you know how it would connect? I have the main computer connected directly to the cable/router from my cable company, via ethernet. The computer doesn't recognize it when I run a ethernet cable from the cable box to the WTG54g. What computer do I install the firmware--the main or the remote?

Sorry to be dense--I am a quick learner though

Thanks

Dr. Peaceful Mar 23, 2012, 11:29am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Can I make a router into a bridge?
AE Lane said:
I had netgear wall-bridges to connect two points, but I think it has quit working because I can't access the internet, and do have internet on the computer plugged into the cable box/router. (I have a cable modem that is also the router from my cable co.)

To save $$$ I was wondering if there is any way to use of the following equipment as bridges:

Linksys Broadband firewall router, BEFSX41
Linksys 10/100 8-port workgroup switch, EZXS88W
Linksys Broadband Wireless-G Router, WRT54G
Linksys Ethernest cable/DSL Router, BEFSR41

I simply want to connect my computer in the other room to the internet and to my network

First of all, there are many type of network bridges. The Netgear Wall Bridge is a very special kind of network bridge. It uses your power lines to transmit network signals from one unit to the other. It all depends on the wiring of your house, it may work very well, or it may only give you mediocre network performance due to signal degradation.

If your question is to ask whether you can use the routers / switch above to be functioning as a wall bridge, the answer is No, none of them can. You need something similar to the Netgear wall bridge to do that.

If your question is to ask whether you can use the routers / switch above to be functioning as a wired network bridge, the answer is: the 3 routers can, the 1 switch can not.

If your question is to ask whether your can use the routers / switch above to be functioning as a wireless network bridge, the answer is: only the wireless router (WRT54G) can do that.

If all you want is to be able to access the network in the whole house, the simplest solution is to use a wireless router. You need to first find out if your cable company's modem/router is already a wireless router. If it is, use it. If not, then you need to obtain your own wireless router. The WRT54G only provides you wireless G signal, which may not have a very wide range. You may want to purchase a better wireless router, preferably with wireless N signal.

Once you obtain the wireless router, you should construct your network in the following fashion: Cable Modem/Router -> Your Wireless Router -> All of your computers. Do not wire any computer to the Cable Modem/Router, use an ethernet cable to connect from the LAN port of the Cable Modem/Router to the WAN port of your wireless router. Then connect all computers to your wireless router, via wire or wireless.

That's it. You don't need to worry about firmware.

AE Lane Mar 24, 2012, 12:42pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Can I make a router into a bridge?
Thank you for a fantastic reply. The cable modem is a wireless router. So, it looks like I just need a wireless card for my remote desk top. I tried hooking it up to the WRT54G, but nothing. At least a wireless card is less $$ than a pair of wall-bridges.

Thanks again

Libby


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