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       Networking to the WDTV Live using a Wireless Repeater Bridge
    JPDSPDBFD
    post Oct 19 2009, 08:34 AM
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    Although it took 2 days of troubleshooting, I was finally able to take a linksys router (wrt54g) I had sitting in the basement, flash it, and used DD-WRT software on it. Using the DD-WRT schematic and directions I was able to create a wireless repeater bridge with it. This wireless repeater bridge actually gives me use of the 4 ports on the back of the linksys router as if it were hard-wired to the network.

    I then connected wireless repeater bridge to the WDTV Live and voila!! I selected automatic setup and tested the connection. ALL GREEN! Hooray. I have access to the network resources.

    Made sure I set the settings on the computer to share the files I wanted to access and I had no problems.

    I now also have access to YOUTUBE, etc. on the WDTV Live with no problem.

    (IMG:http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/images/9/9b/Repeater_Bridge.jpg)



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    post Oct 21 2009, 12:11 PM
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    Thanks for the tip.
    I was just recently trying to use the WRT54G for this exact purpose but, with the factory firmware.....that was a no-go. You could bridge either wired or wireless but never both.
    Flashed it with the DD-WRT firmware and followed the steps and it works perfectly!

    Wish I would have known about this beautiful software sooner. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)
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    post Feb 22 2010, 06:30 PM
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    I have this same setup right now and I am having a few issues.

    I can see my Media Server (Playback) and my shared drives (my desktop).

    However, when I try to play a movie, I get a spinning wheel that never stops.

    Not sure whats wrong.

    Also, I can see the WDTV in the finder window (Mac OSX Leopard), so I know I have a solid connection. I can also transfer files from my desktop to an attached hard drive that is plugged into the WDTV.

    Thoughts?
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    post Aug 27 2010, 05:27 PM
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    Ok, so when it comes to networking, you can say I'm a noob to an extent since I've never used DD-WRT.

    I did get it installed, however, what I want to know is, how can I use a my old WRT54G router as a repeater, if my primary router does not have DD-WRT on it? It is a netgear N300 router.

    Is my understanding correct that the repeating router just needs a power adapter? It automatically picks up the signal and repeats it?

    Thanks in advanced!

    I just got the WDTV Live Plus, and I had the WRT54G lying around, so I want to make this work before having to spend more money.
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