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    Question MVP Over Wireless

    I want to connect an MVP box to a TV that's not near a network connection. Rather than dragging a wire, I thought I'd use my wireless network. What box do I need to do that? I thought I remembered some discussion about it a while back but I can't find it now. What I want to do is connect the MVP to a wireless box/adapter with a short network cable, than have the wireless box/adapter connect wirelessly to my wireless router, and thence, wired, to my GB-PVR box. Suggestions as to what box to use (hopefully a cheap one) will be appreciated. My wireless network will go up to 54Mbps...will that be fast enough?

    Thanks...

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    MVP over wireless

    Quote Originally Posted by zed
    I want to connect an MVP box to a TV that's not near a network connection. Rather than dragging a wire, I thought I'd use my wireless network. What box do I need to do that? I thought I remembered some discussion about it a while back but I can't find it now. What I want to do is connect the MVP to a wireless box/adapter with a short network cable, than have the wireless box/adapter connect wirelessly to my wireless router, and thence, wired, to my GB-PVR box. Suggestions as to what box to use (hopefully a cheap one) will be appreciated. My wireless network will go up to 54Mbps...will that be fast enough?

    Thanks...

    I use a 54Mbps wireless network, and it works fine. I have a Belkin 802.11g router (54Mbps) (with wireless bridging, or WDS, enabled) connected to my desktop that has the hard drives, Hauppauge capture card, and is running the GBPVR server software. The Media MVP is connected to an Apple Airport Express that acts a a 'remote base station' and uses WDS to connect to the main router. DHCP services are only on on the main router, not on the Airport extreme. You can use another router in place of the Airport Extreme (I used it because I already had it from before - I used it to stream music to my stereo in the living room through iTunes). The key is to have routers that support WDS or wireless bridging - as far as I know most Belkin routers allow you to do that. The SSID or network name and channel number has to be the same on both routers, and only the main router should have DHCP services enabled, so only it will assign IP addresses, thus there will be no conflicts.
    Best of luck.

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    Or just put a 54g card in your PC and hook the MVP to the router and have it (the router) do DHCP. That's the easiest/least confusing/cheapest (lot of $10 after rebate 54g routers out there) Enable whatever security you desire on the router using whatever method is required by the router.

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    Zed, What router do you have? Perhaps they make a bridge. Wherever possible with wireless I try and stick with one manufacturer.

    I have a Wireless Netgear Router in my attic room wired to to the Server and a Netgear bridge in lounge feeding a Netgear switch feeding 3 items, oneof which is the MVP.

    I use it for MyMusic and it works fine.

    Not sure how Gameross's solution gives you wireless?

    Cheers

    Alan
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    You have a wireless network card in your PC and a wireless hub that your MVP is plugged into (using a RJ45 cable). I'm assuming the MVP does a DHCP lookup of it's own before it goes looking for a media server.

    Can't be much more plain than that.
    Last edited by Gameross; 2005-05-03 at 11:57 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gameross
    You have a wireless network card in your PC and a wireless hub that your MVP is plugged into (using a RJ45 cable)....Can't be much more plain than that.
    Gameross I didn't mean to offend. Poor wording on my part, what I was meaning was, if I like me ZED has other stuff connected to his router already he might not want to move it, eg I have other PCs and ADSL modem. Unless I am missing something.

    Cheers

    Alan
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    Ya, what I'm talking about is best suited for a simple PC to MVP connection. Although if the person has a cable internet connection, the cable is right there too.

    My Belkin router (F5D7230-4) allows for wireless bridging and it's like the most commonly seen for $10 after rebate router out there. Worse case, ya buy it, it doesn't work, take it back or just keep it as a backup. What's $10.

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    Actually, now that I think of it, wouldn't XPs built in bridging allow this to work seamlessly too? I've not played with it, but I would think it would allow for the connection described above while maintaining existing connectivity.

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    I think this is what you are looking for.

    I think others may have misinterpreted the original question. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the poster looking for the equivalent of a ethernet to wireless adapter such as the linksys wireless game adapter?

    This would plug into the MVP and talk directly to the original poster's existing wireless network.

    Or is someone suggesting that he purchase a 2nd wireless gateway/router to use as a bridge to the existing wireless infrastructure?

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    #3) PopCorn Hour.. I'm working on that one.

    XBMC & 2 Hauppauge Media MVPs connecting to the server.. and a couple Terrabytes of kids shows.

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    Yes, you can use a second wireless router as a bridge as long as it supports WDS. I currently use (Belkin 802.11g wireless router) this so my PS2 and Gamecube can be online, and I may hook an MVP in there if I get one. This router is set to act as a bridge and connects to another identical Belkin 802.11g wireless router, which is in turn wired to the cable modem. Belkin makes beautiful routers for how cheap they are (back when I got mine it was $20, still a steal, if they're $10 now go buy as many as you can get your hands on ).

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