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

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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…┬áit drops back to the PS3 menu and the music keeps playing in the background. nice.