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Bridging Two Networks Wirelessly Using the LinkSys Wireless-B Game Adapter WPA11B

Although the LinkSys Wireless-B Game Adapter WPA11B has been marketed to game console gamers to put their PlayStation 2, Xbox, etc., onto their home wireless network, the game adapter is really just a wireless bridge device in disguise. What most people don't realize is that you can wirelessly link two wired networks using this game adapter. All you need to do is add a hub or switch to the game adapter. In this article, I'll show you how to configure the game adapter and your hub/switch so that it's wired network is linked to your home wireless network. This article assumes that you have already sat up a wireless access point/router with open access.

The wireless game adapter comes out of its original packaging ready for use. No need to configure it other than pushing a button a few times and toggling a switch to match your hub. After plugging your wireless game adapter, push the "Channel Selector" button until the LED shows "In", which standards for Internet. The wireless LED should be lid shortly after to indicate that it is now linked to your home wireless network.

Look at the back of the hub/switch you are going to use. Does it have an uplink port? If so, that's the port you are going to connect the wireless game adapter into. The toggle switch on the WPA11B game adapter should be set to the "X" position for cross-over.

Your hub/switch has no uplink port? Have no fear. LinkSys thought of that as well. In this case, you can plug the wireless game adapter into any of the free ports on your hub/switch. And set the toggle switch on the game adapter to "||".

And there you have it. Any devices that is connected to the hub/switch is now also on your home wireless network.

Chieh Cheng
Sat, 06 Jan 2007 14:19:47 -0800

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