Internet sharing through linksys router?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by cerberez, Dec 25, 2010.

  1. cerberez macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I'm new to macs.

    Forgive me if this is obvious, but I've looked around on the net and haven't found an answer.

    I live ~200 yards from my Mom's house. I set her up with a b/g/n router.

    My Imac picks up the "n" signal just fine. My ps3, which only does b/g, gets no signal. I have an old linksys wrt54g wifi router. I tried plugging it into my imac and setting the imac to internet sharing through ethernet, but it didn't work. Stringing an ethernet cable isn't an option.

    Am I missing a step in the system preferences for internet sharing? Is there another way to get internet to the ps3? I would rather not buy any new equipment, but I'd spend up to $50.

    Thanks so much!

    -Ezra
     
  2. agentphish macrumors 65816

    agentphish

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    You need something that is capable of extending/repeating a network. An airport extreme or express can do that.

    You could install DD-WRT on that linksys G router and set it to be a wireless bridge, but it's pretty freakin' complicated to do. I did it once. Took me a couple of hours to figure all the settings to make it work solid.

    Frankly I am surprised you are seeing any signal at all from her house if her house is really 200 yards away...because that is longer than the theoretical max for B/G or N. I believe the absolute theoretical top range for N is just over 800ft outside, with unobstructed view. If it is located inside its' 250 feet TOPS.
     
  3. lythium macrumors member

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    http://ui.linksys.com/files/WRT54G/v8/8.00.0/Routing.htm

    Switch the operating mode to Router instead of Gateway. Might do the trick.
     

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