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    Does this exist?

    Is there some sort of external wireless NIC that can connect to a standard wired NIC with Cat 5? I am looking at the SliMp3 for home use, but it might be nice to use it outside for a party. Unfortunately, it only supports a wired connection. I am looking for a way to plug a wireless NIC into the players wired NIC.

    I know that I can get another Wireless Access Point, but it would be nice not to have to drag one around with the player.

    Also, does anyone have any experience with the SliMp3? It looks like a pretty cool little player.

    Any thoughts?

    Jeremy

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    I own a Turtle Beach Audiotron. It also is a MP3 'jukebox' that can play music through a network connection. I have read on turtlebeach's forums about a device that does exactly what you're looking for. It's called a bridge. Linksys makes one called the WET11.It's basically a wireless connection with a CAT5 female adapter on the end. Just plug in a patch cable and Voila, instant wireless. Here's a link:

    http://www.linksys.com/Products/prod...id=22&prid=432

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    Thanks. That looks like what I need. How do you like the audiotron? I am trying to find something for the house that looks nice, but is pretty easy to use. I currently use a PC behind the entertainment center with win98 and control it with an X10. It displays on the tv with a vid card with tv out. I love how it works, but I would love to have something to use in other rooms, but without having to have a tv and pc to see and control whats going on.

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    I feel your pain. If I could find something like that, then I could just buy an xbox rather than stuffing about with a HTPC.

    I've heard that you can bridge to some DLink things to do this, but I haven't investigated.

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    The Audiotron is awesome. I would never consider buying it, but I found a spectacular deal that I couldn't pass up. Had it about a year now. Prior to that, I had my PC next to my home theater (if you want to call it that) like you did. I still would never shell out $300-$350 for it, knowing what I know about it. But when I got it for $80.00 from Best Buy, I could not let it pass. Good luck....

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    if all you need is a connection between two machines it will probably be cheaper to buy two pci or usb 802.11 cards and then use an ad hoc connection
    you can run the wired and wireless connection at the same time

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    My problem was that the device in question, the SliMp3, only has a wired port. Since it is not a PC, I can't connect stuff like USB adapters.

    Now that I started looking deeper, there are definitely people using the Linksys product mentioned above with the SliMp3, so I know it works. It is just a shame to shell out $250 for the player, and another $130 for the Linksys to make it wireless. For that kind of money (the $130 for the Linksys WET11), I could almost buy a full on access point.

    Jeremy

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