July 05, 2007

OpenWRT client mode

Today, I solved the problem of lack of internet access in my bedroom.

While staying in Derby, my bedroom is on the top floor of a three floor town house. The BT router is on the ground floor, next to the main computer. There is no possibility of a wired connection running up three flights of stairs, but there is a wireless network. My laptop’s wireless card appears to suck (and has crap drivers, damn you Broadcom), so will only receive packets one floor up.

We just happened to have a spare Linksys WRT54G – this afternoon, I tried out OpenWRT for the first time, using the prepared White Russian firmware images (because I’m lazy). Using the documentation on setting up client mode, I was able to connect to the BT router’s wireless from two floors up, and can plug my laptop in using a wire – hence avoiding some nasty repeated crashes seemingly from the aforementioned crappy wireless drivers. The whole process took less than an hour.

This evening, I’m considering making pancakes to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Debian Social Contract, and probably also need to bake another batch of cookies before the weekend.


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  1. Kim

    If you’re on the top floor of a three floor house, why would you run the wire up THREE flights of stairs? :p

    09 Jul 2007, 19:41


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