August 31st, 2011

Kevin and Lisa

So Much for Simple

We bought a Wireless bridge (specifically, a Cisco-Linksys WET200 Wireless-G Business Ethernet Bridge) for use in the trailer. From the way the product was documented, it appeared that you could use it to connect to a wireless network, then connect devices to it by Ethernet cable. The idea was that we could use that as the access point to the RV park wireless network, then connect it to the small network Lisa has wired within the trailer.

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I'm afraid I don't have time for this. I'm sending it back for a refund. It would be much easier if we could make this work in the trailer (since we could actually run up external outside antennas to pick up the wi-fi, thus avoiding the connectivity problems of trying to use wi-fi inside of a metal box), but when you do everything the Cisco documentation (both paper supplied with the box and on their web site, for which I had to connect directly from my laptop rather than through the bridge) says to do and nothing happens, you get the impression that there's some expert-level setting that some super-duper network guru would say, "Oh, of course you need to make thus-and-such setting change that nobody ever writes down in the documentation because we already know how it works."

Considering that I'm pretty good with computers, situations like this really boil me. You shouldn't need a degree in electrical engineering to set up this sort of connection.