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beewhys

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I have a rather odd networking situation...

I just purchased a Dlink wired/wireless media player. I have 1.5 TB of media on one of my computers runnig Vista I want to stream to my media player. The network connection for this machine is wireless from upstairs. Now I would like to stream media from my 1.5 TB machine to my media player wirelessly. The problem is I find a pretty bad lag. The solution I've found is hooking up another wireles router that is wire connected to this computer and use it only for streaming media to reduce the lag. This set up works much better.

The problem is now I need wired and wireless to run on this machine so I can stream media and have internet/file sharing. I tried to bridge two connections and the wired for media streaming works just fine. The problems is with the wireless in the bridged connection will always say "Limited Connectivity" I have tried everything and can't get rid of that so I can have internet/file sharing as well....

Any suggestions?

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Strange to get that message with a bridged connection. You don't have the Dhcp server of the ethernet connected router enabled do you?

Please show for the non bridged and for the bridged case ...

Start, Run, CMD, OK to open a command prompt:
(For Vista type CMD in the Search box after Start)

Type the following command:

IPCONFIG /ALL

[Note that there is no space between the slash and ALL.]

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
Paste the results in a message here.

If necessary use a text file and removable media to copy the results to a computer with internet access.
 

beewhys

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Well I'm not at home right now so I can't check but I'm quite sure the ethernet connected router would have DHCP enabled. I never thought to check that. I've nerver really had a reason to bridge a connection like that before. But I guess that would raise another question. The ethernet connected router is what makes the wireless broadcast for my media player. Now the first thing the media player does when it starts up is make an IP request. I'm just wondering how that would be affected if the DHCP is off.....
 

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Actually thinking about that again, if I disable DHCP on the media router and just make one static IP for the media player to use that shouldn't have an effect on my bridged connection right? I guess I'll have to fiddle around with that tomorrow....
 

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When you bridge the connections you actually "join" them. A message from the wireless router travels over Wi-Fi to your PC; your PC can read that message plus the message also then travels "out" your ethernet port to the 2nd router and then continues over its wireless network to the media player.

Leave the media player alone. When it requests an IP configuration the request will make its way back to your first router; the 1st router will provide the media player an IP configuration just as it does for your PC.

That's the beauty of bridging (when you get it working!); what were separate networks become one.
 

beewhys

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Well it seems I'm one step closer. Once I disable DHCP on the 2nd router, I have internet and the bridge seems to work. The problem now is once a device connects to my 2nd router, no matter what it is (media player or laptop) it will always get assigned the same IP as the machine with the bridged connection and I'll get an IP conflict on my network.....
 

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Here is the print out for ipconfig

Windows IP Configuration
Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : no-domain-set.aliant
Ethernet adapter Network Bridge:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : no-domain-set.aliant
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : MAC Bridge Miniport
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 02-12-17-51-EC-59
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::c8f2:fd7e:5c5e:6515%20(Preferred)
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.2.11(Preferred)
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Saturday, October 04, 2008 2:55:31 PM
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Tuesday, October 07, 2008 2:55:31 PM
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.2.1
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.2.1
DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 335680023
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.2.1
192.168.2.1
NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled
Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 6:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : no-domain-set.aliant
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::5efe:192.168.2.11%13(Preferred)
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.2.1
192.168.2.1
NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled
Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 10:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 02-00-54-55-4E-01
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2001:0:4137:9e50:3cab:1367:63dd:fb3d(Pref
erred)
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::3cab:1367:63dd:fb3d%11(Preferred)
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : ::
NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled
 

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When the main router gets the IP request from the media player (for example) it gets the MAC Address of the media player and also of the bridge (actually the wireless connection). Some routers have the bug that they look at the wrong MAC Address. Your main router has that bug I reckon.

Sometimes there is a firmware update for the router that will fix the bug.

If not, you will need to assign a manual IP configuration to the media player and any other devices connecting through the bridge. IP of 192.168.2.x, where x is not in the router's Dhcp server's address range, mask = 255.255.255.0, Gateway = DNS = 192.168.2.1.
 

beewhys

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Well my main router is actually a modem with wireless provided by the ISP. I'm assuming there is no firmware update, it looks cheap enough. I just never bothered to hook up a seperate wireless to it because the built in wireless worked just fine.

Ok so have the network/IP settings on the media player as manual eventhough the main router is DHCP and have the x out of the DHCP range.

I'll have to try that later on tonight to see what happens.....
 

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SUCCESS! It seems *fingers crossed* to be working just fine right now. The bridge is working, media player working with no lag. Once I manually assigned a higher IP all was good. Thanks for the help
 
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