Add a Network Bridge

You’ve got the wireless connection going but you’ve got some devices in another room that don’t have wireless network cards. You can extend your wireless network and NOT buy wireless network cards by installing a bridge.

Connect the following with a bridge:
Game Consoles
Computers
Printers
Storage
DirecTV DVR
(anything with a wired network adapter.)

THIS IS NOT A WIRELESS ACCESS POINT. This is strictly for connecting wired connections on the wireless network. Wireless clients must still connect directly to the main router.

Connect Wired clients to the Wireless Network

The bridge connects  to the wireless  network. Use network cables (Ethernet CAT 6) to attach the machines to the bridge. If you have more devices than the bridge has Ethernet ports you can purchase a 5-8 port network switch to complement the bridge. You would then connect all the devices to the switch, then connect the switch to the bridge.

Setting Up The Bridge:
When you get your bridge you’ll need to configure it to connect to your wireless network. You will need the following:
1. The SSID of the wireless router
2. The Encryption Level
3. The Passphrase
All of these were covered in the Basic Security videos above. Remember, the bridge is just another wireless client.

Once this is set up you now have wired connections attached to to your wireless network!

D-Link, Linksys, Netgear, Cisco and Belkin all make Ethernet to wireless bridges. They can be also known as Gaming routers since some use them to connect gaming consoles.

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  1. Hi there, just wanted to say, I enjoyed this article. It was funny. Keep on posting!

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