How Can You Convert Ethernet to Wi-Fi?

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You might have been frustrated with the inability to connect your smart devices like tablets, smartphones and video game consoles when you have the Ethernet internet at home or place of work. It is amazing that the Ethernet internet can be shared through Wi-Fi connection to the devices you wish to connect. Wi-Fi is such an important thing in our day to day life and we can agree that it hasn’t yet completely taken over the entire world yet. You might visit some hotels that only offer wired Ethernet connection and have no Wi-Fi. You can turn things around and turn the Ethernet connection and use it as Wi-Fi connection to any device you want to use.



There a couple of ways you can use to possibly convert Ethernet to Wi-Fi. One way of converting Ethernet to wireless Wi-Fi is using a device known as a wireless bridge which is sometimes called a wireless converter or just a wireless Ethernet bridge. If you happen to have an Ethernet LabJack device for example, the UE9 or a T7, you can connect it to a wireless network as long as you buy a wireless bridge.

When you have the T7 or the UE9, you can take advantage of bridges, routers and access points so that you can maximize their portability as well their performance on any network provided. The router here provides the gateway or acts as the firewall for the internet. It literally routes traffic from the PC or any other device that is being used on any local network available to the desired location. Some of the routers can be used as DHCP servers. They basically allow them to give IP addresses for network devices that are DHCP enabled. In the case of a wireless router, it has an additional wireless access point. This creates a Wi-Fi network called SSID, a password and an encryption that might come in different forms like WPA, WPA2, WEP and a lot more.

A Wireless Bridge on the other hand and as earlier mentioned in this review is used to c connect to a Wireless Access Point (WAP). A WAP or simply AP is used to create a Wi-Fi network that features the SSID name and a password. Typical routers usually come with WAPs but you might find devices that are labelled wireless access point (AP) and they usually have one Ethernet port. Some of the devices might be labelled as just bridge and they also have just a single Ethernet port. The price of buying a router is much the same or slightly cheaper if you want a bridge or an access point.

Connection with a bridge

First of all you need to set up the wireless bridge and the bridge, router or a wireless access point usually has instructions on how the set up should be performed. The general description of the whole process usually has the following steps:

Connect your PC to any of the Ethernet ports available at the back of the router or bridge or AP. Be carefully not to use the WAN or Internet ports.

Next is to launch a web browser and then use the or or bridge/router/AP default IP address. You can alternatively use the CD software that is usually packed with the bridge or router or AP.

The next step you will be requested to log in

Log in using the commonly used default username and password admin/admin or admin/password respectively.

In cases where the device can configured, use the menus and use the options so that it can act as the bridge. With routers, it means that you will disable the DHCP server and the functionality of the AP. Do not use the ad-hoc mode for the wireless access points that are configurable.

Choose the desired Wi-Fi network that is available by name or manually enter it. Enter the Wi-Fi password and then save or you can apply the changes.

At this point, the device is readily available to be configured to operate as a wireless bridge. This will also be helpful with selecting the internet in the 5th step mentioned above. Now you have to configure the Ethernet device and for more information about setting the Ethernet, consult relevant provider. Once you have configured the Ethernet device and the bridge, you can now link the Ethernet to Wi-Fi adaptor using the Ethernet cable. The link might take approximately a minute so that the Wi-Fi adaptor can be discovered on the network.

It is important to note that any latest wireless access point be used to work as the bridge however, the bridge cannot act as an access point in any way. If you want an access point to work as a bridge, rather than creating the network, configure the internal wireless adapter so that it can link up with the network that currently exists. As earlier mentioned in this review, a wireless access point is what creates the Wi-Fi network and it is identified with the name (SSID) and also a password. This means that at a certain point, access points may be used as a bridge and sometimes as a signal repeater. It is therefore necessary to have the two of the same devices so that one is configured as an access point whereas as the other one as a bridge. A wireless bridge is always used to connect to a wireless network that is being used at that particular time while the Ethernet device can be used to connect the Ethernet jack on to the available wireless bridge.

Wrap up

You can convert an Ethernet to be used as a Wi-Fi connection if you follow the steps provided in this review. Make sure that anything that is related to DHCP server or internet when you are configuring a router to act as an access point only and not to be used for internet or the DHCP server. Mobile phones can also be used to create a wireless access point through a mobile hotspot.