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Cheap Wireless Bridge

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This weekend I had a chance to do a couple things. First I built a Hackintosh (osx86). I will talk about that in a later blog. I was also able to get a wireless bridge to connect my xbox by my TV to my network without having a crossover cable to my laptop.

I went down to Fry’s to see what kind of deals they had. I looked around a bit and found a couple wireless bridges that did exactly what I wanted to do but they were 65-120$. If you are cheap tech person like me you have in your mind what you think something should cost. I my mind I could not justifying paying more than $40 for a BRIDGE. So I found something that might work. It was a 802.11g Airlink Wireless Music Bridge.

Again if you are like me the first question you ask is, “why couldn’t you use this as a regular wireless bridge?” and that is exactly what I asked the guy at the Fry’s store. Of course they don’t pay people enough to know what they are actually selling. So he insisted on telling me it was for music only and insisted on grabbing the $96 one. I asked him if it was limited to only a certain audio protocol, he of course had no idea and after talking with me for a minute or two he gave up and left. I decided to get it.

It was a good call on my part that I did. I was able to set it up working over WEP, but not WPA-PSK. I messed with it for about 2 hours trying to get it to work and checking the error logs but it as just a no go. So I think it was worth the $30 I spent but it would have been nice to get the WPA to work. I guess I’ll just have to find other ways of securing my wifi.