WiFi->Ethernet bridge for multiple devices?

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I'm looking for a device which would allow all of my wired network
devices to access the Internet via a single wireless hotspot, presumably
by plugging into a port on a network switch.  

I see devices which are advertised to allow a single wired device, like
a Blu-ray player or game console, to access a WiFi access point, but
haven't found anything that says it explicitly supports multiple
devices.  

Any pointers?

I've been searching for a "WiFi bridge." Am I using the wrong
terminology?  

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bert@iphouse.com    St. Paul, MN

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Presumably, it's *YOUR* wireless hotspot, not the coffee shop or
McDonald's down the street.  Overloading a free wireless hot spot is
not being very nice.  I would want some assurances that this is NOT
what you're doing before attempted to answer your question.

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150 Felker St #D    http://www.LearnByDestroying.com
Santa Cruz CA 95060 http://802.11junk.com
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Yes, I'm sure you would.

Good luck.

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bert@iphouse.com    St. Paul, MN

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Thank you for at least telling the truth.

A few years ago, I worked out a scheme were I could measure the
distance between a connecting wireless device and the hotspot wireless
router.  Too far away, and you get dropped.  It works, but is somewhat
expensive, making my efforts to sell or license the technology
somewhat awkward.  If deployed, a hotspot owner would not need to turn
down the wireless transmit power to a bare minimum to keep abusers and
leeches like yourself out of their system.  Postings like this are
great sales material for the technology.  Thanks.

Another scheme to keep you out is to issue one time passwords at the
cash register.  This is quite popular at coffee shops.  Login with the
magic number on the cash register receipt, and you're good for about
an hour.  Don't have a magic number?  Too bad.

Incidentally, I had an awful dinner at Burger King a few weeks ago.
While adding another layer of grease to my arteries, I noticed that
they have unencrypted, zero security, no login, no splash page,
totally free Wi-Fi.  Cool.  Just one problem... it was dog slow.  10
Kbits/sec at best.  Maybe I can help.  So, I fired up this weeks
favorite network scanner:
<https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.prowl.networkmapper&hl=en
and found that there were roughly 10 active wireless connections. Time
to bring in the laptop.  A little digging through the MAC addresses
showed that at least 3 devices were routers, which probably had more
than one computer hidden behind them.  Looking through the parking
lot, I could see the telltale glow of the LCD backlighting in several
vehicles.  The rest were probably in nearby offices or apartments.  I
ran a few "well known port" scans with Nmap, and found that there were
at least 2 servers running which looked like http/ftp/video/WMP/etc
servers.  Sniffing the traffic from one such connection showed that it
was running a Plex Media Server on port 32400.  One connection was
streaming video to some device on the internet.  With all the other
traffic, I'm surprised that it was working.  I spoke very briefly with
the clueless manager about the situation.  My interpretation of his
answer was something like "Customers want wi-fi, so we give them
wi-fi.  If it doesn't work or is overloaded, that's not our problem".
Oh well.

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Thanks and may you find the mythical free lunch that you seek.

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Jeff Liebermann     jeffl@cruzio.com
150 Felker St #D    http://www.LearnByDestroying.com
Santa Cruz CA 95060 http://802.11junk.com
Skype: JeffLiebermann     AE6KS    831-336-2558

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I'm curious to know what do you think I just told you.

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You're a real sanctimonious piece of work; you probably believe that
everybody else is as big an asshole as you are.  

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bert@iphouse.com    St. Paul, MN

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really -
well then, just answer the question and lay out the situation, the  
logistics,
and then you may actually have an actual technical dialog - vs cat and mouse  
BS -
  



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Yes, really.


Did you read my original post?

What additional information would you like?

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bert@iphouse.com    St. Paul, MN

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Several years ago I had this problem and solved it with a bridge
connected to a switch. The bridge was the wifi source for everything
connected to the switch. It worked, but had issues.

The wifi bridges available (at least then) were not so hot. I'd
regularly see the bridge lose connection any time the traffic
got heavy. Power cycling it usually fixed the problem, but it
would be 30s minimum to get back connected.

Also there were now two outlets in use, and more little boxes to
mount to the wall and another ethernet cable to make.

On the plus side, I could buy a single high-gain antenna to put
on the bridge and all of the devices benefited from the improved
signal.

Elijah
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spent as much on the antenna as on the bridge

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I used a WiFi bridge to get the WiFi signal from upstairs where the main =
WAP router is located,
to downstairs where the A/V stuff is located.

Just used a common Linksys remote WiFi bridge - WET11 -=20
http://support.linksys.com/en-us/support/bridges/WET11
connected to a small 8-port switch to connect - TV, BluRay, DVR, and PC =
for webcasts  

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http://support.linksys.com/en-us/support/bridges/WET11
works fine for me - with an 8-port switch connected  

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What?

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bert@iphouse.com    St. Paul, MN

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obviously your newsgroup reader can't handle HTML formatted text,
which is what I sent with the clickable link to make it easy....

Just used a common Linksys remote WiFi bridge - WET11 -
http://support.linksys.com/en-us/support/bridges/WET11
connected to a small 8-port switch to connect - TV, BluRay, DVR, and PC for  
webcasts



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Because USENET is and always has been an ASCII text-only forum, until
the clueless AOL lusers came along.  

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bert@iphouse.com    St. Paul, MN

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Thanks. That looks useful.

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bert@iphouse.com    St. Paul, MN

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