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by: ebeamsales January 30, 2010 10:11 AM PST

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by ebeamsales - 1/30/10 10:11 AM


We have had a wireless network in our home for several years. We have a desktop computer in the basement where the modem/wireless router is as we have a network printer plugged directly into the wireless router. My wife and I both have laptops and iPhones that require the wireless connection.

Last week we bought an HDTV along with a Blueray player that will connect to the Internet and stream Netflix movies and YouTube. There are options for a wireless connection on the DVD-player, which I found out after-the-fact requires a proprietary USB wireless stick, and an Ethernet port for a wired connection. I decided to go with a wired connection since I didn't want to drop another $80 for the Samsung wireless USB stick.

Again, the cable modem and wireless router are down in our basement, far away from the TV/DVD player. I was thinking I could use a wireless access point like the Linksys WAP54G I happen to have to connect to the DVD player thru the Ethernet port. I couldn't get the DVD player to connect to the wireless network for the life of me so I am wondering if I am missing a step? It passes a couple of the steps in the network test like the Gateway Ping and IP address but it ultimately fails to "see" the wireless network. I have temporarily disabled the security on the wireless network and opened it up so the access point should be able to "see" the wireless network, but it still doesn't connect.

Can an access point be used in this way or am I totally wrong on the concept? I know an access point can make a wired router "wireless" but I guess I am confused as to what else it can do.

Would appreciate any help. Thanks.

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