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I'm trying to figure out how to connect the kids' PS2 to a wireless network. The PS2 I have has a dialup and ethernet ports, but there's no wireless.

The son has asked me continuously to put his PS2 online, so I'm hoping there's a way to do it. I've found some direction but it's really confused me, so does anyone here have experience on how that (or, IF that) works?

For information sake, the wireless router is in the basement, and the PS2 in question is on the top floor of the house, running cord or moving the wireless is not an option. :)



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Here's the official PS2 wireless information from them.
http://playstation.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/playstation.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1000&p_sid=uUYCpIIj

If that was one of those websites that confused you, then the gist of it is that the PS2 does not have built-in wireless, so you're going to need a wireless ethernet bridge (also might be called a wireless gaming adapter).
If you have the slim PS2 (models 700xx and 900xx), the bridge/router/possibly another name plugs into the ethernet port on the PS2, and receives the signal from the wireless router. If you have the older PS2 (models SCPH-300xx through SCPH-500xx), you will also need to have a PS2 Network Adapter (The W at Amazon), because the old PS2 doesn't have ethernet built-in either. You'd plug the network adapter into the PS2, and then plug the wireless bridge into that.

See also the wireless router instructions of question 5 at http://boardsus.playstation.com/playstation/board/message?board.id=psx2&message.id=1306325&jump=true .

I have not done it myself, but that seems to be all there is to it. At least you get to choose the bridge you use, as opposed to the XBOX 360, which seems to work only with the proprietary wireless adapter, unless you make some changes to a 3rd-party adapter.
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Wireless bridges aren't too hard to set up. You'll need to connect it via ethernet to a desktop or laptop to connect it to your network, but you never really happen to think about it after that.

Before you buy one, though, you should double check to see if your wireless signal makes it all the way to basement. You can figure out solutions to boost your signal, but it's worth finding out in advance.



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    Originally posted by thecubsfan
    Wireless bridges aren't too hard to set up. You'll need to connect it via ethernet to a desktop or laptop to connect it to your network, but you never really happen to think about it after that.

    Before you buy one, though, you should double check to see if your wireless signal makes it all the way to basement. You can figure out solutions to boost your signal, but it's worth finding out in advance.
Well, the wireless is in the basement, and I can get a signal upstairs on the same floor as the son.

So let me see if I got it straight: Wireless to computer, connect the bridge to a computer and then the wire to the PS2? or do I connect the bridge to the PS2 and connect the PS2 to my computer wirelessly?

I usually know my way around computers and wireless (I set up the wireless system here personally) but I'm incredibly trumped on that.

Thinking of signal strength, I'm trying to figure out how to boost signal strength for my laptop. I read somewhere that I can get a "Range Booster" card but I don't know how those work. Once in a while I like to set up the laptop outside on the porch under an umbrella and enjoy the weather, but the signal sucks outside.



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Modem to wireless.

Wireless to bridge.

Bridge ethernet connection to Ethernet connection on PS2.




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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    Modem to wireless.

    Wireless to bridge.

    Bridge ethernet connection to Ethernet connection on PS2.


Can routers running DD-WRT, Tomato etc. function as bridges? Looking ahead a bit, I know, but still... (pets spare router)



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I've never done this, and in fact, the extent of my knowledge comes from a thread on this very board from a few years back. I ended up buying the Official XBox brand wireless device when I bought my package deal used, so I never went any further with it.

I do seem to recall that a standard router could be turned into a bridge, though.




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Some standard routers can be turned into a bridge, have to be careful there. Some can't do it at all, some can but only if you have a "compatible" main router and yes some just work period.

I think, even though they are overpriced, you'd be better off just getting one of those wireless gaming adapters(same thing basically but no compatibility problems).
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Wasn't intending to post here, but I am on a bit of a binge today with them, and I've been playing the game today to try and see if I could find anything about this question.
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