Wireless Bridge

A wireless bridge (WLAN bridge) is a computer component that enables a connection between at least two network segments (LANs). It is not always a piece of hardware, sometimes it’s only necessary to convert information from one type of protocol into another type of protocol. Some operating systems (like Windows, Mac OS X, Linux or FreeBSD) use build-in software to connect different protocols.

Wireless routers or wireless access points (AC) have normally a bridge mode and a repeater mode. Both modes perform equivalent functions. The difference is that the former converts from a protocol into another and the latter just transfer further all the data.

Wireless bridges have to be compliant with the IEEE802.11 a, b, g or n standards. Check if the wireless cards of the devices you are planning to connect meet this standard.

Many devices can connect with each other using just on wireless bridge, however wireless bridges just connect devices point-to-point (that means, one-on-one).

There are three types of wireless bridges – basic Ethernet to wireless, work group bridges and access points (AC).

Basic Ethernet to wireless enable connecting a single device to a wireless connection point through an Ethernet port. This is useful for those devices that have no 802.11 interface like printers or video game consoles. Many devices don’t have a slot to connect a Wi-Fi card, so this is the only way of connecting them wireless into a larger Ethernet.

Work group bridges are meant to connect a whole network into a larger Ethernet network. Sometimes is impossible to connect every single device to a bigger network, so the only way to have all devices online it to form a smaller network and then proceed to connect this network as a whole to a main network. These kind of bridges are common in office buildings, where every floor is comprised of a network, and each of these local networks is connected to a broader company wide network.

Access points are needed to connect several devices into one connection. Access points operate in point-to-point or point-to-multipoint bridge mode. They are common in areas where a dynamic connection of a changing number of devices is needed.

A wireless bridge is not just a useful device when it comes to networking a company, however. They are also very useful in making your home wireless network do more. Not only can you connect multiple computers within your home, you can also use a wireless bridge to connect the latest generations of video game consoles and even television set-top boxes to the rest of the network.

Wireless solutions like the wireless bridge have revolutionized the way the world uses their computers. Rather than having to have each computer in the house have it’s own telephone line or broadband connection, you can now set up each computer to access the one central broadband connection. With the rise in technology in recent years, there is a wealth of other electronic gadgets that can also tap into that wireless network. Cell phones, PDA devices, video games and blue ray players are some of the most popular wireless devices.

Once you have your home wired, or rather unwired, security should be your priority. Without the proper security in place, anyone with a Wi-Fi capable laptop or even cell phone, can tap into your wireless home network. For the utmost security, experts often tell you not to include your main computer into the network and use only that one machine for any financial transactions or any other computing that may cause privacy issues.

This Wireless Bridge Review is Written/Updated on Nov 1st, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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