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Ok, I'm out on a limb and have invested waay too many sleepless nights trying to get this working.

The Problem: I need to bridge two networks, both in the 192.168.0 subnet. The connection should be as low latency as possible, and have a minimum of 10baseTX. Sounds picky I know, but trust me, becuase I'm using VoIP and a VPN, latency and bandwidth are a must.

I have tried using a pair of Netgear Powerline adapters. These failed. For the time being and as a test, I have the powerline adapters on the same circuit, no surge surpressors in the way, yet I only get about 5 mbit transfer. VoIP goes splat and god help me if I need to pull a report from work.

I thought about a DSL closed loop bridge but that's only 1.5megabit symmetric and that is PAINFULLY slow and would still involve running cable.

I also went the eclectic route and hacked an Airlink router to run DD-WRT as a bridge. This device didn't even stay stable to ping the edge router longer than 4 minutes before I lost connectivity.

My network layout consists of a Linksys wireless router running stock firmware to a main house server via the switch in the back. The main server acts as the VPN endpoint and when connected directly to the Linksys via wired or wireless, the transfer and VoIP take place (albeit wired is significantly faster than wireless, but both are still faster and more reliable than the wireline adapters.) The wired network side of the Linksys goes to the near end powerline adapter.

On the far end network, I have two workstations, nothing fancy here. two PCs, a small 4 port switch and the wireline adapter.

The wireline adapters work great albeit not fast enough to sustain the VoIP and the VPN bandwidth simultaneously.

Because I'm living with friends, I can not run cables in this place and the idea of shooting a cable across the carpet or under the carpet sends shivers (the bad kind) down all of our spines. I'm sure I'm not the only person that has had this issue before? What do you all use to bridge two networks together over wireless?

Thanks for your help!
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