One of my tasks today has been to explore and configure Wireless Bridges. These little dohickys are a good idea, on paper. If you have a 802.11 WLAN running, you take one of these little boxes, configure it a bit, plug one end into a PC, network aware STB, internet aware gaming console, network printer, whatever, and the device goes "on the net". A great idea, except that the makers of these boxes want too much money for them, and they are physically too large, especially when you take one apart, it's mostly empty space inside.
Anyway, there is also the problem that all 3 big names in this market have FUCKED THEM UP.
The Linksys WET11 would crash and reset about 3 times a day, and about one time out of 3, would wedge itself so bad it needs a power cycle, and eventually wedged itself so bad that even a factory-reset wouldn't bring it back. Scratch Linksys.
The SMC EZConnect I've got, the webserver running on it won't respond. I can ping the box, I can get basic SNMP responses out of it, according to SNMP, there is something listening on port 80, but TCP connections to that port just hang and die. Scratch SMC.
And now the D-Link DWL-810+. It reset, can be pinged, and the webserver on it will talk back to me. However, the configuration webapp on that web server is very very JavaShit based, and will make nice only with BillyShit Internyet Exploiter 5. Funny, I don't seem to have a copy of that on my Linux laptop. And I'm not going to sacrifice my windows workstation's network configuration to this project. (I may hate windows, but I do need to use Outlook for corporate email and calendering, and messing with that boxes is Not An Option.)