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Hi everybody,

I would like to get some good suggestions for a wireless bridge adapter. Hopefully someone with some experience with multiple routers/adapters can chime in.

Background. Currently I have a WRT54G2 flashed with DD-WRT that is connected to the downstairs router as a wireless repeater/bridge. I use it as a bridge connection/switch for my rig and xbox and the repeater for my laptop. It's on the edge of the G coverage for the downstairs router. My family just got a new E4200 to retire the old linksys G router. So now I have the option to upgrade my connection to N. I play a lot of online games and stream a lot of media so it would nice to take advantage of that.

Mission. I'm looking for an adapter or router than can give me the best connection to the E4200 (450 Mbps capable) on a limited budget of $50.

Currently I'm thinking about getting a Trendnet Adapter and using my G router as a switch for the rig and a repeater for the laptop.

My questions are:
1) Is this a good idea?
2) Are there any unforseen problems with this?
3) Got any better suggestions?

Don't worry too much about the laptop, my main focus is on the rig and xbox. Thanks for any help.

Found a E2000 Refurb so no need for this thread.
Edited by Seeing Red - 4/27/11 at 6:33am
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dunno how much this goes for, but i have used this in bridge mode, and it has done everything ive ever asked of it, running dd-wrt of course.

Linksys WRT160N


If N is not a requirement, the wrt-54g's are my favoriate.
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dunno how much this goes for, but i have used this in bridge mode, and it has done everything ive ever asked of it, running dd-wrt of course.

Linksys WRT160N


If N is not a requirement, the wrt-54g's are my favoriate.
I can pick one up for $30. What's the max throughput of it? I was looking at the Trendnet because it said it was capable of 300Mbps.

I already have a G connection, the problem is I'm right on the edge of the range. I need a N connection to achieve the higher throughput.
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ahh good point im pretty sure this Linksys WRT160N is only single channel

I would go hit up the dd-wrt forum and look around for recommended routers.
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ahh good point im pretty sure this Linksys WRT160N is only single channel

I would go hit up the dd-wrt forum and look around for recommended routers.
Didn't see too much there in terms of suggestions. Mostly just software help as expected.

I'll keep on searching Newegg for cheaper solutions.
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I can tell you that a D-Link DIR-615 is an absolute female dog to set up as a wireless bridge with DD-WRT.
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Well, I guess that narrows the choices a little lol.

Funny how Newegg lists the WRT160N as 300Mbps capable, but nothing on the linksys site states this.

I could pick up a Trendnet N-Upgrader (basically an AP) for $35 and continue to use my DD-WRT router. I can also buy a new E1200 for $15 more and replace both pieces of hardware, but I'm not sure on it's performance. Plus I might need to flash it to DD-WRT anyways.
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