Linksys WRT54G Wireless Ethernet Bridge

6 09 2009

I found that our PS3’s streaming was pretty bad using it’s internal radio, so I setup a wireless bridge using two LinkSys WRT54G’s. One was a version 7 (non-hackable), and the other a version 4 (hackable). I loaded HyperWRT onto the V4 in order to activate the ‘wireless ethernet bridge’ mode.

After PS3 is wired directly into the V4 box, and establishing a wireless bridge between the routers… streaming has improved considerably. Here is view of things today:

Internet -wired-> *WRT54G v7* -wireless->*WRT54G v4* -wired-> PS3

I put the improvement down to the router’s having proper external antenna’s and prehaps more powerful radios. Here are the settings and firmware versions I used:

Main router
Firmware version: 7.00.6
Internet connection: Auto

LAN IP: 192.168.1.1
Mask: 255.255.255.0
DHCP server: Enabled

SSID: whateveryoulike
SSID broadcast: enable

Security: WPA Personal
WPA Alogrithm: AES
WPA Shared Key: whateveryoulike

Bridge router
Firmware version: 4.30.1, HyperWRT 2.1b1 +tofu13c
Internet connection: Disabled

LAN IP: 192.168.1.2
LAN Gateway: 192.168.1.1
LAN Mask: 255.255.255.0
DHCP server: disabled

Wirless mode: Wireless Ethernet Bridge
SSID: same as main WLAN network
SSID broadcast: enable

Security: WPA Personal
WPA Alogrithm: AES
WPA Shared Key: same as main WLAN network





Put PS3 music player in the ‘background’

19 05 2008

After eventually getting my PS3 to stream music properly from a DLNA server… I was frustrated because I thought is was not possible to listen to the music whilst using other functions on the PS3, such as the web browser. But, then I found (by accident) that if you press the ‘Ps’ button in the centre of the controller whilst in the music interface… it drops back to the PS3 menu and the music keeps playing in the background. nice.