How to Connect a Non-Wireless Ethernet Device to a Wireless Network

The trend with many consumer devices now have built in Wi-Fi connectivity. However, many network devices like printers offer only built-in Ethernet networking. A new breed of wireless devices, like the Acksys WLG-LINK shown below, enables you to connect any industrial equipment featuring a 10/100 Ethernet interface to a WiFi wireless network.

As you can see from the picture, a wireless bridge has an antenna to connect to the wireless network and an Ethernet connector to connect to your wired Ethernet device.


The great thing about wireless bridges is that they bring wireless flexibility to devices that are normally tied to a wired network. If there is no easy way to get an Ethernet cable into the hallway, use the wireless bridge instead. Wireless bridges work with virtually any Ethernet-connected device, including computers, printers, and home entertainment devices.

Most of these products are completely driver-free, so it works on any platform and under any operating system. Since there’s no drivers to load, setup is a snap – configure the network settings through your PC’s web browser, then plug it into your device and go. Some, like the Linksys Wireless G-bridge, also support the Power Over Ethernet so you won’t have to run a DC power cable to the device.


This wireless bridge could also connect remote areas together. This way you will have Wi-Fi coverage in your other rooms without having to install another Wi-Fi access point.

Ben Carigtan shows you how it’s done.

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