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.

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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.

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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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