What Is a Wireless Bridge?


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A wireless bridge is a box that takes signal from a wireless network and sends it through physical ports, such as ethernet cables. Users can connect a device without wireless capability, but with ethernet ports, to a wireless network with a wireless bridge.

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Wireless bridges work in tandem with wireless routers. While they look almost identical to a wireless router, wireless bridges receive signals, and can't create a wireless network. Wireless bridges only serve Internet out through their physical ports.

Users benefit from wireless bridge's lack of wireless interference or information loss; two devices sharing information, both connected through the bridge, lose no speed due to wireless network bottlenecks. Two devices sharing similar information wirelessly are subject to poor connection due to wireless channel interference, or distance from the router.

Common uses for bridges include setting up home theaters, in situations where no ethernet ports are available, but the devices only have ethernet connectivity. Other uses may include hard-wiring devices with unreliable wireless connectivity.

Common wireless routers can be used as wireless bridges with some easy hacking. Users looking to use a home wireless router as a bridge may investigate user-created firmwares such as DD-WRT to enhance the capabilities of their router.

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