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.