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can I pull a wireless signal through my wireless router?

by wookie3 / February 20, 2008 3:38 AM PST

ok, hang with me here...

1. I get MetroFi here in Portland, OR. A free city-wide wifi service, which is actually pretty good, I live 2 houses away from a hub.

2. I also have a Playstation 3, which recognizes the "MetroFi" signal but cannot connect b/c there is a login page when you first access the internet on a computer.

3. I was told by a MetroFi volunteer that I have to pull in the free Metro-Fi signal, through a wireless router (I have a Linksys Wireless Router that wifi'ed my old Comcast connection). Then the PS3 will be able to read it.

How can I accomplish this?! I have a Mac, fwiw.

please let me know if I can explain further.

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Such as this?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 20, 2008 3:42 AM PST

metrofi wifi modem -> (ethernet) -> WAN PORT of your router.


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by wookie3 / February 20, 2008 3:52 AM PST
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sorry Bob, I dont understand.

there is no MetroFi modem. It's a wireless signal that Im able to get in my house.

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(NT) Then all you need is wifi cards, etc for each device?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 20, 2008 5:07 AM PST
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still no comprendo
by wookie3 / February 20, 2008 5:15 AM PST

Thank you for helping Bob, but I just dont understand what you're trying to say. You write in a cryptic manner.

Everything is wifi router, Mac and PS3. It was all working fine when I had Comcast High-Speed, but obviously it came into my house as ethernet, then I routed it to the Linksys Wireless Router, which my PS3 was able to pick up.

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Let me share a device I use.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 20, 2008 5:25 AM PST
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It's a

This device connects to some wifi WAP and then it's clients don't have to do anything as to logins. I can also connect one of those ports to the wan port of a router and viola, I have something just like your normal wifi router connected to broadband.

I know what you want to do but I don't know if you have the hardware. Maybe you wanted to use a PC but didn't tell. I could note "ICS" but with all the web docs about that I won't copy those here.


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still ned help
by wookie3 / February 20, 2008 7:32 AM PST

thanks Bob, but I would like to use my current hardware. I was told it could be done.

can anyone else help?

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Research ICS and here's a starter article.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 20, 2008 9:17 AM PST
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Some guidance
by primemover1 / February 21, 2008 5:44 AM PST

It would help to learn the model number of the Linksys Wireless Router you have -- maybe that model has an ethernet bridge mode. Also, please confirm that you can connect to MetroFi with your existing Mac.

Generally, what is needed to connect a wireless network to your home network is an Ethernet Bridge

MetroFi wireless cloud <-wireless-> Wireless Ethernet Bridge <-ethernet-> home LAN router with Ethernet ports and/or wireless WANport

If the home LAN router has both both wireless capability and ethernet LAN ports, you can connect to that router with _either_ wireless _or_ ethernet cable on both* your PS3 and your Mac.

*Wireless LAN connections assumes that your PS3 and Mac have wireless capability built in (or added as an option.)

One _example_ of a wireless ethernet bridge is Buffalo Technology AirStation Turbo G High Power Wireless Ethernet Converter (WLI-TX4-G54HP)

But for the same cost, I would just buy the Ruckus Wireless solution that MetroFi features. Ruckus MM2211

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I get MetroFi in Portland, too.
by trlamb / February 22, 2008 7:42 AM PST

I went to Fry?s in Wilsonville for an external antenna that had been advertised in a MetroFi Internet ad several months ago. A helpful clerk convinced me to buy a different external antenna and two 15-foot booster cables. I plugged the booster cable from the antenna into my laptop?s USB port. I disabled my laptop?s internal modem so I could use the IEEE wireless USB utility. Now, I open the double-pane window and set the antenna outside to receive a strong signal (85-95%) inside my apartment. I leave the window open just enough for the cable, and I can have the laptop on a desk across the room. Not very wireless, but it is free. Otherwise, I have to sit outside on my balcony to get MetroFi.

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