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At the moment, our network goes like this.

NTL Modem -> Belkin G+ MIMO router (F5D7230 I think). These are downstairs next to the family rig (a Packard Bell P4)

This sends wireless to every other rig in the house, including my 210, dv6, HTPC, and sigrig, the latter two of which are upstairs.

I often work on PCs upstairs, and some of the time these do not have wi-fi.. I often do need an internet connection for these. Plus the wireless card I use with my HTPC won't work when I upgrade it to Windows 7.

I've seen a D-Link DIR-615 router (wireless N, compatible with G) for £10 on eBay. No hardware revision listed. I plan to put DD-WRT (which is supported on all hardware revisions I think) on it, and use it as a wireless bridge upstairs, for connecting Ethernet devices. Bear in mind the stock firmware would remain on the Belkin.

This would likely have only 2 or 3 systems connected at any one time via Ethernet; HTPC, anything I'm working on, and MAYBE the sigrig, but I'd rather use my existing wi-fi card for that. There wouldn't be anything connected to the WAN port I don't think. IF I ever got a PS3/360, it would be connected to the router too but this likely won't happen.

Would this work? Will the DIR-615 be suitable (I know the stock firmware is supposed to be a pile of dog turds)? Would it be easy (read: half a day or less) to set up? Would this affect the operation of the Belkin at all? How would I set this up?

Another concern is, if I unplug the router from the wall and move it elsewhere, will I lose my configuration settings?
 

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umm i think that would be pretty slow internet, and if it goes down a pain.
Imo you would be better off running an ethernet upstairs to maybe a 6 socket ethernet switch (should be able to get a small one for £5-10 off ebay) then running an ethernet to each of your rigs, you can then also use windows file transfer etc across the rigs, i have a similar set up and with homegroup i get 2-3mbit/s on wifi and 12-20mbit/s on ethernet.

edit im gonna grab a shower brb
 

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Code Monkey
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Ethernet upstairs is not an option. At all. I think I'd be shot for suggesting it.

And this connection currently works fine connected directly to the wireless... I stream video from the web regularly without issue...

Don't use homegroup, and file transfers don't seem THAT slow currently.

To be honest with you, it wouldn't really be for much. File transfers, and internet use only.
 

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Ok i thought that might be the case. It should work ok then, your ping will suffer but it should provide the web fine. You could also upgrade the Ariel on the downstairs one or get some of those 240v 3pin plug to ethernet then have ethernet out the wall upstairs but i think both of these options will cost more than £10. So the bridge would be you best bet for cost effectiveness anyway.
 

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To be honest, if the ping would be bad, I'd keep using my wifi adapter for my sigrig, just using Ethernet for PCs I work on and my HTPC.

OK, I've checked, the H/W revision of the router I intend to buy is D2, listed as fully compatible with DD-WRT
 
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