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Journeyman

Can I use a wired router with my Sierra Wireless Overdrive hotspot?

I have a Sierra Overdrive 3G hotspot that I am using for my internet connection which works great for my laptop, Wii, even USB connection to my desktop PC, but...I have several devices such as XBOX360 ( I don't want to shell out $90 for M$ wireless adaptor) & blu-ray that do not have a good wirlelss option for me.  Can I connect the Overdrive to a wired router somehow for these devices?

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Journeyman

Re: Can I use a wired router with my Sierra Wireless Overdrive hotspot?

Yes. If you have an old Linksys WRT-54 based router, you can install the DD-WRT open-source firmware. This supports some pretty cool stuff. I have a WRT set up to act as a wireless signal booster. What you're looking for is dead simple, there are guides to walk you through it.

Journeyman

Re: Can I use a wired router with my Sierra Wireless Overdrive hotspot?

Where can I find a guide for doing something like this?  I did some searching, but found nothing.

I have a D-Link wireless G router with 4 wired ports that I would like to use, not sure about teh version or firmware or anything offhand, but I can look.

Journeyman

Re: Can I use a wired router with my Sierra Wireless Overdrive hotspot?

Here is the website for DD-WRT:

http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index

This is a listing of compatible devices:

http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/router-database

Put your cursor in the white box and start typing the model number, or type "d-link" (minus the quotes) to get a listing of all D-Link routers.

Here is the Wiki, with information on how to flash and set up the firmware. It's really pretty easy. In most cases it's the same procedure as updating with the factory firmware, except you use DD-WRT instead.

http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

This is a guide on the method I use, where the router picks up the wifi signal from my Overdrive and re-transmits it at higher power using my router's built-in wifi. It also allows you to plug plain old CAT 5 cables in if you want to go wired.

http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Repeater_Bridge

If you're only interested in using the wired ports, there's this:

http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Wireless_Bridge

Even minus a couple of obscure features like these, DD-WRT or Tomato (the other popular open-source router firmware) are a big step-up in terms of features and sometimes stability.

I use DD-WRT to get internet access to a server, a couple of desktops and my 360 using my Overdrive. It's a fairly miserable experience, but better than nothing and a pretty decent stop-gap measure until I move into my new place next month. I'm starting to drool a little bit at the thought of getting back onto FiOS (25 megs down, baby!) and putting my Overdrive back to use as an occasional mobile access widget.

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