Cheap alternative to the official MS Xbox 360 wireless adapter £21.21 @ Amazon
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Cheap alternative to the official MS Xbox 360 wireless adapter £21.21 @ Amazon

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Found 1st Feb 2008Made hot 1st Feb 2008
I bought one of these as a cheaper alternative to the official MS wireless adapter for the Xbox 360 which can cost up to £60.00. got it up and running within half an our of taking out of the box

Provides Ethernet to Wireless LAN Bridge
Fully IEEE 802.3 compliant
Provides 10/100 BASE-TX Fast Ethernet interface
IEEE 802.11g infrastructure
Dynamic date rate scaling at 54, 48, 36, 24, 18, 12, 9 and 6Mbps for 802.11g
Dynamic date rate scaling at 11, 5.5, 2 and 1Mbps for 802.11b
Allow auto fallback datarate for optimized reliabilty, throughput and transmission range
Supports wireless data encryption with 64/128-bit WEP standard for security
Supports WDS bridging function
Supports AP Client mode
Supports wireless security standards WPA,WPA-PSK, WPA2, WPA-PSK
WEb-based configuration management

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That looks just the Job thanks:thumbsup:

got to be worth a go. excellent find.

I was considering this, but got some homeplugs instead. Much better imo

FYI, this deal found by edi:

hotukdeals.com/ite…ad/

is cheaper and will also function as a wireless bridge...

Banned

its a router not a bridge craig

what do you think a router is? you can string routers together to make your LAN bigger the XBOX just plugs into any Ethernet port and configure it for bridge through the web interface. I have loads of computer stuff that requires network access from behind the tv downstairs all i did was dropped a cable from the upstairs got me a wired swich and plugged all my networked AV stuff to that you are far better having a wired connection as it more dependable and rubs at 100mbps unlesss you are running gigabyte erthernet which i dout than maxing out wireless at 54mbps.

Cant speak for this one, but not all routers can operate together in wireless bridge mode (assuming this is what you mean).

I was recently looking for a router to act as a wireless bridge and I just got a Buffalo whr hp g54 for just under 30 quid from amazon - I have flashed the firware with ddwrt and its great, giving me an excellent range and 5 ports to connect to.

Dave.

addywin;1531311

its a router not a bridge craig



what do you think a router is? you can string routers together to make your LAN bigger the XBOX just plugs into any Ethernet port and configure it for bridge through the web interface. I have loads of computer stuff that requires network access from behind the tv downstairs all i did was dropped a cable from the upstairs got me a wired swich and plugged all my networked AV stuff to that you are far better having a wired connection as it more dependable and rubs at 100mbps unlesss you are running gigabyte erthernet which i dout than maxing out wireless at 54mbps.

polly69;1531403

what do you think a router is? you can string routers together to make … what do you think a router is? you can string routers together to make your LAN bigger the XBOX just plugs into any Ethernet port and configure it for bridge through the web interface. I have loads of computer stuff that requires network access from behind the tv downstairs all i did was dropped a cable from the upstairs got me a wired swich and plugged all my networked AV stuff to that you are far better having a wired connection as it more dependable and rubs at 100mbps unlesss you are running gigabyte erthernet which i dout than maxing out wireless at 54mbps.


But it is not a wireless bridge, which would allow you to connect from your XBox to an existing wireless router without wires.

Its a third the price of official adaptor and does the job just as well.
Got to vote it hot.
Nice find.
I don't have a 360 though

trust me mate im a network admin and there is always ways and means maybe not wirelessly but using a crossover cable but most routers today switch the send and recive cores electronically so you can use a normal patch

been on the site and like i said it looks like you can use for bridging
Technical Details

Radio Technology IEEE 802.11g Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) 802.11g: Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM)
Receiver Sensitivity 54Mbps: Typical -70 @ 10% PER (Packet Error Rate) 11Mbps: Typical -84 @ 8% PER (Packet Error Rate)
Wireless LAN Frequency 2400 ~ 2497 MHz ISM band (channels 1 ~ 14)
Modulation Schemes DBPSK/DQPSK/CCK/OFDM
Media Access Protocol CSMA/CA with ACK
Transmit Power 802.11g: Minimum 12dBm typically 802.11b: Minimum 15dBm typically
Channel Europe: 13
Range Coverage Indoor: 50 ~ 100 meters (depending on environment) Outdoor: 100 ~ 300 meters (depending on environment)
Diagnostic LEDs Power, System, LAN (Link, ACT & Speed), WAN (Link, ACT & Speed) & WLAN (ACT)
[COLOR="Red"]Provide Ethernet to Wireless LAN bridge fully compatible on Ethernet side and fully IEEE 802.3u[/COLOR]compatible on the Ethernet side and fully interoperable with IEEE 802.11b & IEEE 802.11g compliant equipment
4 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet port for LAN with Auto MDI-X function
1 10/100 Mbps WAN port for DSL / Cable Modem with Auto MDI-X function
IEEE 802.11b/g Infrastructure operating modes
Dynamic data rate scaling at 11, 5.5, 2 and 1 Mbps for 802.11b mode
Dynamic data rate scaling at 54, 48, 36, 24, 18, 12 and 6 Mbps for 802.11g mode
Allow auto fallback data rate for optimized reliability, throughput and transmission range
Supports wireless data encryption with 64 / 128-bit WEP standard for security
Supports enhance security for WPA-PSK, TKIP+AES, 802.1X, MAC filtering, Protocol filtering
Dual diversity antennas (with 2dB gain) for the multi-path environment
Web-based configuration tools and management via WEB Browser
Supports Auto MDI-X function for both LAN and WAN Ethernet connectors
Supports PPPoE / PPTP protocol for DSL
Supports NAT for share 1 IP address to all LAN user
Supports DHCP Server / Client
Supports Firewall protection, Virtual server mapping, Virtual PC mapping
Supports WPA security protection
Support access control setting, Special application setting
Supports statistics information
Easy upgrade firmware via WEB Browser

was it easy to set up tho ?

i think the ms adaptor is a complete rip off, but it is sooo easy to set up, up and running in like 2 mins

Would this just be able to plug into a 360 then, and connect to a wireless router? Good price, better than £60

jjintheuk;1531679

Would this just be able to plug into a 360 then, and connect to a … Would this just be able to plug into a 360 then, and connect to a wireless router? Good price, better than £60



Yeah, i think thats how this works. Your still gonna have to have an ethernet cable running from the 360 to this though so its not really totally wireless.

will this work on xbox for networking?

jasonrat;1531736

will this work on xbox for networking?



You can use this with any PC or Game console with a network card (xbox/360/PS2) to connect them to a wireless network

Polly69 - Are you missing the point? To use a crossover cable or ethernet cable would make it a wired connection. I'm not sure that is what anybody has asked for. We can all stick a network cable in to the back of our xbox's.

Also not all wireless routers can be used in bridge mode in which case would be useless for use with an xbox 360 that needs to be wireless. Like earlier in the thread there are SOME routers such as the Buffalo Airstation - ]http//ww…221. The router that you have just listed specifications for says that you can broadcast to a bridge not act as one.

Apologies if I have mis-understood but thats my view as I see from quite a few hours searching for my own 360.

polly69;1531465

trust me mate im a network admin and there is always ways and means maybe … trust me mate im a network admin and there is always ways and means maybe not wirelessly but using a crossover cable but most routers today switch the send and recive cores electronically so you can use a normal patch

Please, don't use that reasoning. It's like saying, "trust me, I'm a doctor".

What you mean is, a router will act as a switch when connecting to another wired LAN device, whether switch, hub or router, thereby allowing extending the wired network.

The point being made is that a WDS network (wireless bridging) is not supported by the vast, vast majority of wireless routers, and if WDS /is/ supported in my experience it's only between the same make and model of router, e.g. DraytekDraytek, Netgear DD-WRTDD-WRT. Or at least, it's never worked for me. :whistling:

In the context of the Xbox360, if you are extending your network using cables, why not just run a cable from the back of the Xbox? The whole point of buying a WAP is that a cable is not needed.

As has been pointed out, the OP device is a /router/. This means in 99% of cases it will not support wireless bridging in the same way as a the Xbox wireless bridge.

If you are wanting a device that supports WDS I would suggest going for the Linksys WRT-54GL (amazon.co.uk/Lin…ter ) which can be upgraded with the free DD-WRT firmware, transforming a £40 router into a £250 router/hotspot/PPTP server etc.

If this router does support wireless bridging, which would be hugely impressive for a £20 cheapo router, you will also need to configure it manually; it's not quite as easy to set up as the overpriced MS device. And that's assuming the wireless router you're bridging to lets it work.

But really... just get yourself 20-30m of Cat5e cable for a tenner and run it round... faster, more reliable, reusable. Spend the other £10 on a decent bottle of wine, or something.

I have 2 WRT54G's flashed with DDWRT in my home, work a treat and paid no more than £20 for both of them off fleabay. Couldn't recommended them enough.

Good advice. If you are going down the DDWRT route you could go for the WHRHPG54 which was under £30 at amazon last week which is also capable of running the full DDWRT.
Remember that with DDWRT you dont need to worry if your other wireless router does not support the creation of a wireles bridge as you can always run it as a simple gaming adapter.
Dave.

jus wondering, how would you configure this since the 360 has no web browser?

jjintheuk;1531679

Would this just be able to plug into a 360 then, and connect to a … Would this just be able to plug into a 360 then, and connect to a wireless router? Good price, better than £60





yup :thumbsup:

L11;1531923

jus wondering, how would you configure this since the 360 has no web … jus wondering, how would you configure this since the 360 has no web browser?




under network settings

You plug your pc into it using one of the 5 network sockets, or connect to it wirelessley from you PC or laptop. I have mine set up wo it is the same domain as my other netowrk so I can access it from anywhere in my netowork.
One thing I would say, it takes a bit of work to get it all up and running - fine if you dont mind fiddling around a bit.
Dave.

greenhell;1531735

Yeah, i think thats how this works. Your still gonna have to have an … Yeah, i think thats how this works. Your still gonna have to have an ethernet cable running from the 360 to this though so its not really totally wireless.




what's the point then?!

jakenjo;1531958

what's the point then?!



The point is that you can have your 360 and this device in one room and connect wirelessly to the main router in another room.

Kushan;1532024

The point is that you can have your 360 and this device in one room and … The point is that you can have your 360 and this device in one room and connect wirelessly to the main router in another room.




but they just said it wouldn't be wireless!! haha, see what i mean? wire to the 360? someone's got their wires crossed :-D:p

jakenjo;1531958

what's the point then?!



its as wireless as the £60 bridge from microsoft

No its not - the wireless one is a little usb device that plugs into the console and conenctw wirelessley to an existing wireless router.
Dave.

so t doesmthe same job just a little bigger

Assuming that the wireless router you have is able to form a compatible wireless bridge then yes, though remember it will require its own power supply unlike the MS one which is small and neat, which clips to the back of the 360.
If your wireless router is unable to form a wireless bridge with this router though you are out of luck. The MS one is a gaming adapter and would therefore work with any wireless router.

jakenjo;1532039

but they just said it wouldn't be wireless!! haha, see what i mean? wire … but they just said it wouldn't be wireless!! haha, see what i mean? wire to the 360? someone's got their wires crossed :-D:p



No, it IS wireless, just there's a wire going from this device to the 360. The device itself still connects wirelessly to the main router.
SO it's wireless in the sense that you can put it in another room in your house and still connect without having to trail a big ethernet cable around.

Wireless is not that good for gaming. It should stay as wired as possible.

davedixson;1532218

No its not - the wireless one is a little usb device that plugs into the … No its not - the wireless one is a little usb device that plugs into the console and conenctw wirelessley to an existing wireless router.Dave.



yeah - worth the extra imo especially if it is easily set up - 2 mins

Kushan;1532288

No, it IS wireless, just there's a wire going from this device to the … No, it IS wireless, just there's a wire going from this device to the 360. The device itself still connects wirelessly to the main router.SO it's wireless in the sense that you can put it in another room in your house and still connect without having to trail a big ethernet cable around.



so it's an adapter with a wire

addywin;1531311

its a router not a bridge craig



You're right, but it can act as a bridge as well. I have one and use it as a bridge for my xbox 360 - bridges fine to my Draytek for everyone's information.....:thumbsup:

pakichan;1532338

Wireless is not that good for gaming. It should stay as wired as possible.



I have only ever played my 360 wirelessly (official wireless AP) and I have never had a single problem with it.

When you are playing with people in america, the 10,000th of a micro-second going through a WAP in your house is going to make no difference.

If I want to play my xbox upstairs, I just wire it with an ethernet cable to my laptop. Cheap simple solution. No need for any more hardware.

OrangeJuice;1532476

I have only ever played my 360 wirelessly (official wireless AP) and I … I have only ever played my 360 wirelessly (official wireless AP) and I have never had a single problem with it.When you are playing with people in america, the 10,000th of a micro-second going through a WAP in your house is going to make no difference.



It's not always you that's gonna have a problem with it.

Wired >>>> Wireless. Don't even try arguing the point.

But if you need wireless to connect, it's better than nothing, obviously.
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