>>>> My cable internet outlet is across the room from my TV, and my Gentoo
>>>> desktop attaches to my TV. ?I'm using a small wireless router to send
>>>> the signal from the cable modem to my Gentoo system across the room.
>>>> I don't like using a non-Gentoo decision-making device in my network,
>>>> but I also don't want to build and maintain another Gentoo system for
>>>> only firewall/router duties. ?Am I overlooking another option? ?I want
>>>> a "dumb" device to move the ethernet connection from one side of the
>>>> room to the other.
>>> Usually that's called a "cable". ?
>>> Many wireless bridges have a "virtual cable" mode point-to-point
>>> bridging mode that will let you pair them together so that they won't
>>> talk to anything else and are just transparent layer 2 bridges. ?I've
>>> got some DLink bridges that have a mode like that. ?You just set them
>>> up next to each other and powered them both up while holding a button
>>> down, and they'd find each other and pair-up.
>> I hadn't heard of a wireless bridge before. *That sounds about right.
>> DD-WRT running as a wireless bridge wouldn't be so bad right?
> I don't have any experience with DD-WRT. *I use OpenWrt, but have
> only used it in "normal" bridges and WAPs.
Sorry to be getting even more OT, but why did you choose OpenWRT over
DD-WRT? I didn't know there was more than one choice available.
> By a "normal" bridge, I mean one that's running in infrastructure mode
> talking to a WAP using the normal WEP and WAP authentication (the WAP
> also happened to be running OpenWrt).
> For a simple point-to-point link you may want to try ad-hoc mode
> instead of infrastrucure mode.