[rescue] OT wireless bridge

Peter Stokes peter at ashlyn.co.uk
Mon Jan 29 05:31:26 CST 2018

Hi Mark

Yes, I did consider a power line solution and I already had one which I know
works, however the wifi solution was a better one for me as it did not involve
any extra cabling or units at the main router, I did not need a separate hub
to give me multi ports and I can use a single intelligent power switch to
power on the router and printer when it is not required which is most of the
time. I am playing with the Sonoff power switches and so far quite impressed
with them. This was on the back of replacing all the thermostats and boiler
controller with wifi compatible ones which has been a great success. I used
the Beok ones which are not expensive and work really well for me.


Sent from my iPad

> On 29 Jan 2018, at 10:56, Mark Benson <md.benson at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am not 100% sure if I follow your requirements exactly, but if your
> upstairs attic area is on the same mains phase (and preferably but not
> essential the same ring main), as the rest of your house, a powerline
> bridge might be more reliable. I use them in my flat (not allowed to tear
> up the floor to install Ethernet) and they are about 90% reliable
> connection-wise. This would get all your network traffic downstairs if you
> install one in the attic and one by your router. If you already have WiFi
> downstairs that will get the Dell primer onto a WiFi network.
> --
> Mark
>> On 28 Jan 2018 23:45, "Peter Stokes" <peter at ashlyn.co.uk> wrote:
>> Hi All
>> I guess for a lot of you this may be old news, but if it helps someone,
>> then
>> hopefully the rest will not shout at me too much.....
>> Background - I have just moved house to a much smaller house which has no
>> separate office building as I am cutting down work significantly. So space
>> is
>> at a premium. My broadband connection is a standard BT Fibre wifi Hub
>> which is
>> located in the small 3rd bedroom my wife uses as a work room. She has a
>> laptop
>> and a photo/colour printer and there is no room for the b/w Dell laser we
>> use
>> as the main workhorse for general work paperwork e.g. Delivery notes etc.
>> have the attic which is nice work area, but no direct connection other
>> wifi to the hub and the attic is where the Dell is living. The Dell is
>> hardwire only, i.e. No wifi, but is also the only printer which supports
>> the
>> air print from the IPads. I also have been playing with a non wifi
>> Raspberry
>> and wanted internet access from any Sun system I fire up.
>> So I needed a multiport hub connected to the BT wifi hub. After coming to
>> terms with the words I needed to search on, i.e. Wifi bridge and ignoring
>> all
>> the links to wifi extenders etc, the most interesting links were to the
>> website https://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index. Having read a bit, I went on
>> the
>> hunt for a suitable cheap router to use with it. Ebay revealed any number
>> of
>> BT, Virgin et al routers, none of which appear in the DD-WRT database, so
>> approached it the other way and looked on the database for the most likely
>> type to hunt for. The Linksys range looked like a huge range to look for,
>> so
>> back to Ebay and a B#15 ($20) WRT54G V5 was ordered and arrived promptly.
>> Updating the firmware was as per the instructions and after a couple of
>> goes
>> at configuring it (again following detailed instructions) I had a working
>> bridge and air print etc is now available.
>> As I mentioned I hope this is of use to someone here.
>> Peter
>> Sent from my iPad
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