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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 2011-11-01, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Wireless to Wired solution for Receiver

I'm looking for an affordable solution to getting internet to my Receiver.

I have Wifi in the home, but the Receiver needs an Ethernet cable.

What options do I have?

There are those house wired solutions... but i don't know enough about them.
I think there are dongles for xbox? but they are or were $100

thoughts? ideas?

I would like to use iphone as a remote, and stream music... are my main reasons for wanting this.
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 2011-11-01, 01:59 PM
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You can get portable access points from companies like Asus or D-link that will allow you to connect Ethernet devices to WiFi. You can get them for about $50 or so.

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Can you point me to a product like this? They are called "Portable access points"

It can capture WiFi, and then use an Ethernet...

I'd pay that if I had to.
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Here is one from Netgear but also made by other companies like D-Link.

Sometimes called (and sold cheaper) as Wireless Print Server. You can also look at getting Powerline Adaptors



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Watch the "wireless print servers" - most of those have only a USB port for plugging a printer into, and some of them that do have ethernet will ONLY work with a printer (stupid, but true).

I have two megapixel IP cameras on the front of my house, plugged into an old Linksys WRT54G router that I've flashed with DD-WRT, using that for a wireless link back to my main router. You can find these routers for super-cheap used and flash them and give yourself up to five wired "remote" ports.
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Can you point me to a product like this?
Off the top of my head, there's the Asus WL-330gE and the D-Link DAP-1350. Both are available from Canada Computers and elsewhere. They can also be USB powered, so you don't have to plug in another power supply, if you have a USB port available.

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Thanks James, Those look they'll do the trick!

strange. I was in at Canada Computers this weekend to find something like this... the person there couldn't find anything like it.

So Just to be Sure.

If I take an Ethernet cable and plug it into the AV receiver, and this... The receiver should be able to connect to the internet?
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thanks hugh and sundy, i'll keep that in mind.
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I have a trendnet TEW-654TR
Works as a small travel router (wired -> wireless)
But also works in the opposite mode (wireless receive -> wired output)

Similar to the D-Link mentioned.
Though I got mine for $25 or so on sale, good value.
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If I take an Ethernet cable and plug it into the AV receiver, and this... The receiver should be able to connect to the internet?
That's correct. Here's a link to some info about the Asus WL-330gE. The mode you need is "Ethernet Adapter Mode", which gets mentioned in the diagram in that link. In that mode, it will connect an Ethernet device to your WiFi network. One other thing, the D-Link DAP-1350 can do 802.11n, whereas the Asus is only b/g.

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Thanks everyone.

d-link one is nice looking, but at $99 just not worth it.
Thanks recneps, that was a good deal... i can only find it for $60+

Asus got back to me with a few options.

The WL-330gE and WL-330N3G and The RT-N12, RT-N13u

Seems like the best option here would be the RT-N12

it has more then one port
repeats the signal
is an N
for $50
So this works... Now, is this going to be a question you get what you pay for? would anyone recommend against this?

otherwise i think im good to get this. Thanks again everyone.
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OK so i WAS going to get the RT-N12 router...

But if I understand this correctly, the WL-330gE can be had for $45 at newegg
(a link through flyerland took an extra few dollars of the original price)
but then I noticed a mail in rebate worth $20

So a choice between
$40 (at new egg) for RT-N12
or
$25 (after rebates) of the WL-330gE
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d-link one is nice looking, but at $99 just not worth it.
Thanks recneps, that was a good deal... i can only find it for $60+
It's currently at the price I mentioned at Canada Computers. Go to their site and search on DAP-1350 for current price. They also recently had the Asus with a $20 rebate off the current price, so it would have been about $25.

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I normally have my laptop connected to my Trendnet router via wireless 'G' and 13.5 Mbps download speed is the norm. I also have a DAP-1350 but it's not used in this set up.

Just for fun I set my DAP-1350 to Client Mode, disabled the wireless adapter on my laptop, then connect it to the DAP-1350 via a LAN cable. In this configuration the DAP-1350 is connected to the Trendnet router via wireless 'N' and I would have thought that this will give me a faster connection. No dice. The download speed actually dropped to about 5 Mbps, a very significant drop.

Any thoughts? Weaker radio on the DAP-1350? It is so small..
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What is actually needed, to answer the OP, is a wireless bridge. Many routers can act as such a bridge, especially with third party firmware like DD-WRT, and my experience is that these routers are cheaper than stand-alone bridges.

Note that there are other ways to solve this problem. Thes best way is by running ethernet cable - but the OP likely cannot do that in this instance. Other options are powerline networking or MOCA networking. I use two Motorola NIM-100 adapters to send my network over my cable wiring - this gives me better speed than I was able to achieve using powerline adapters.

If you are just using this for audio then you don't have to worry about the speed too much. But if you want to stream HD video than you may have an issue with wireless, especially if it is not 802.11n. That is where you may need something like powerline or MOCA networking.
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