How do I make wired connection to a wireless network?
February 23, 2012 8:54 AM Subscribe
How can I make a wired connection to a wireless network? I'd like to use my external hard drive wirelessly with my laptop and DLNA-enabled BluRay player - the hard drive is made to be plugged into a router and used in this way. Problem: I share internet services with another apartment in my building and I do not have access to the router, which is in the other apartment.
posted by mskyle to technology (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Should I get some kind of wireless repeater/extender and set up my own network off the primary network? This presumably could also solve the problem of keeping other people on the network from accessing the hard drive (not a major concern for me, but probably a good idea). But would this affect performance?
Or should I buy a different hard drive that can connect to the router wirelessly (i.e. has the wireless capability in the same box as the hard drive)? The hard drive I already have is brand new in original packaging and I think I'd be able to return it with minimal difficulty.
Any specific recommendations for either type of product are welcome! My laptop is a MacBook Pro, so I need something that will work with a Mac and I would like something that works with other OSs as well, since I'm not super-committed to the Mac platform and may switch/add new non-Mac machines in the not-too-distant future.
I could, presumably, run the appropriate cable out the window and into the other apartment, or ask my neighbor to host the hard drive in her apartment, but I'd rather just use the drive non-wirelessly if it comes to that.