A wireless Ethernet bridge is useful when a wired connection is not available or when a wireless connection is only needed temporarily. Wireless Ethernet bridges are sometimes also called “wireless media adapters”.
Things you need
- Belkin Wireless Ethernet Bridge
- A computer or Ethernet network-enabled device
- CD software installation
- Ethernet network cable
Steps for setting up Belkin Ethernet Bridge:
- Connect the Ethernet cable to the LAN port on the back of the wireless Belkin Ethernet Bridge.
- Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to an available port on the back of the computer or network device.
- Attach the power supply to the back of the Belkin wireless Ethernet Bridge.
- Plug the power supply into an outlet
- Connect the Belkin wireless Ethernet Bridge.
Running the installation CD
- Insert the Belkin Wireless Ethernet Bridge installation CD into your computer. It is only necessary to run the installation CD if you need special configurations or want to enable security on the Belkin wireless Ethernet Bridge. These measures also require the bridge to be connected via an Ethernet cable to a computer.
- Select the CD-ROM drive from “My Computer” and double click on the program on the installation CD called “Setup”. This will cause the Wireless Setup Wizard to appear on your screen.
- Click “Setup” to proceed with the Wireless Setup Wizard.
- Check that the Belkin wireless Ethernet Bridge is connected to the computer and click “Next”.
- Select the bridge you want to configure and click “Next”.
- Leave the password field blank and click “Next”.
- Enter a password for the bridge or make no changes to keep the password blank and click “Next”.
- Select “Access Point” if you want the bridge to connect to an access point or wireless router in the area, or select “Ad-Hoc” if you want the bridge to connect to a computer or network device in the area, which also is defined as “Ad-Hoc”. “Ad-Hoc” network infrastructure allows computers with wireless network adapters to connect with each other without the need for an access point or wireless router. After choosing your network configuration, click “Next”.
- Enter the SSID and channel settings for the wireless network you are going to connect to. Setting the SSID to “any” will automatically connect your bridge to the nearest available network, or you can enter the specific name of the network you want to be connected to. If you chose the “Ad-Hoc” option in step 12, you must specify the network channel number. If there is any doubt about the SSID or channel name, check the settings on a computer that is already on the network you are trying to connect to.
- Enter a name for the Belkin Wireless Ethernet Bridge, then click “Next”.
- Enter your IP address, subnet mask and gateway settings in the available fields, making sure that the IP address is unique to your network and the subnet mask is the same as your network’s subnet mask. Your gateway configuration is the IP address of your network router. If you don’t know what to type here, the default IP address settings will work for most networks. Click “Next” to continue.
- Select the security option from the encryption menu that matches your wireless network settings. The options are “people with disabilities”, if no security is configured, “64-bit” and “128-bit.” If encryption is enabled, enter the WEP key (the password or hexadecimal code) in the provided area. Click “Next” to continue.
- Confirm that all your network settings are correct, click “Finish”. Connect your Belkin Wireless Ethernet Bridge to the Ethernet-enabled device of your choice.