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Wireless bridge to Cable router

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Michaelos, Jan 3, 2012.

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  1. Michaelos

    Michaelos Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I have a Thompson cable router/modem that provides phone and internet connection. It runs the wireless LAN on which I have various computers and devices around the house.

    I recently bought a Sony TV with internet connectivity through either an Ethernet port on the back or a USB wireless dongle. And of course the only dongle that will work is the Sony one that costs €80! I should add that a direct Ethernet connection to the Thompson router is not possible.

    So rather than pay The Man, I thought I might use one of the old wireless routers I have lying around courtesy of various old ISPs. (I'm currently thinking of using a Huawei HG556 supplied by Vodafone). It strikes me as feasible to:

    (a) run an Ethernet cable from the TV to the HG556
    (b) set up the HG556 as a bridge
    (c) create a wireless link from the HG556 to the Thompson router

    and so provide the TV with access to the net (as well as to photos and movie files on computers etc linked to the LAN)

    The problem is actually doing it!

    The Thomson router's manual suggests that once I have configured a bridge, I only need to tell it the device's (i.e. the HG556) MAC address. The difficult bit is configuring the HG556. Its manual suggests that I have to configure PPPoA and VCI and all sorts of technobabble that makes me feel small and vulnerable.

    Can anyone say whether this project is doable and, if so, talk me through it please?

    Thanks!
     
  2. etaf

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    who supplied the router - often they have firmware specific to the ISP- virgin, talktalk etc
    where in the world are you - ireland ?
     
  3. Michaelos

    Michaelos Thread Starter

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    Hi etaf, thanks for replying.

    The cable router is a Thompson TWG870UIR and was supplied by UPC, my ISP here in Ireland.

    One thing I have found is that DD-WRT would likely let me do what I want but none of the spare routers I have are compatible with it.
     
  4. Michaelos

    Michaelos Thread Starter

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    Just to say that I have found that none of the routers I have (including the HG556) will do what I want them to, and so I have decided to invest in a nice cheap network bridge device (€12) that a clever chap in Hong Kong is selling.

    Problem solved! (Apart from having a collection of mouldering old routers to dispose of!)
     
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