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Standard User wheeles
(learned) Sat 05-Mar-11 21:50:00
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USB Wireless Dongle to Ethernet. Is it possible?


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Hi,

I have a USB Wireless Dongle (a Netgear WNDA3100) that I would somehow like to connect to my Humax Foxsat HDR satellite box. The Humax has a USB socket and an ethernet RJ45 socket. It did not recognise the dongle in the USB socket, so that leaves the ethernet.

Is there a converter/adaptor of some description that I can use to attach the dongle to the ethernet socket? The dongle requires power from whatever it connects to, so I don't know whether a straight USB to ethernet converter will work. Anyone got any ideas?

BTW, I have tried using a Homeplug, but without any joy as the bandwidth was intolerably slow. I do have a spare Netgear DG834G wireless router with DGTeam firmware on it. Could that be used as some sort of wireless bridge if there is no usb-to-ethernet solution for the dongle?
Standard User huwwatkins
(regular) Sat 05-Mar-11 22:29:08
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Your best bet is using the dg834 as a wireless bridge. Im not sure the exact details with the dgteam firmware but im pretty sure it should work.
Standard User Rockh
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Sat 05-Mar-11 22:54:14
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My folks use homeplug for their foxsat PVR and have no issues. The homeplugs need to be in their own socket not on an extension lead.

Wireless bridging can be a pain, there would appear to be no consistent standard.

Dave


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Standard User john2007
(legend) Sat 05-Mar-11 23:05:59
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What does the manual say about the Humax ethernet and usb sockets? They may be reserved for future use which may mean you are on a hiding to nothing.

The usb in particular may only support a limited functionality.
Standard User Rockh
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Sat 05-Mar-11 23:17:52
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Fully functional ethernet port for on line services ie BBC iplayer etc. The usb is for backup and other stuff from memory.

Dave
Standard User wheeles
(learned) Sun 06-Mar-11 00:27:17
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I'm looking to use it for iPlayer. I did get it sort of working with a Homeplug, but the bandwidth was lousy. This was on it's own plug socket, not an extension lead, so I think the electricity circuit may not be on the same loop as the Homeplug for my router. That is why I am looking at wireless.

I had a feeling that the USB socket would just be for backup.

I may just buy a cheap USB to ethernet converter for a couple of quid and see if it works, but I am sceptical to say the least. I was just hoping someone had encountered a similar situation previously and resolved it somehow.
Standard User wheeles
(learned) Sun 06-Mar-11 00:35:47
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You are probably right.
Anonymous
(Unregistered)Sun 06-Mar-11 01:08:19
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I have a USB to Ethernet cable that someone once sent me by mistake !
The USB end is the flat male sort, so it wouldn't be quite what you need.
But presumably what you want is possible.
Regards,
Martin
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Sun 06-Mar-11 10:31:43
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I will state this:

The USB to ethernet will NOT work for you, i.e. it will not bridge the wireless dongle onto an ethernet network. USB devices require a CPU to run the drivers i.e. USB devices are pretty dumb.

Wireless Ethernet bridge is the device you are looking for.

Andrew Ferguson, andrew@thinkbroadband.com
www.thinkbroadband.com - formerly known as ADSLguide.org.uk
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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Sun 06-Mar-11 10:32:41
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Wrong cable, that cable is for adding an Ethernet port to a computer that only has USB ports, and is still reliant on drivers in the computers operating system.

Andrew Ferguson, andrew@thinkbroadband.com
www.thinkbroadband.com - formerly known as ADSLguide.org.uk
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