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Halcyon:
Does anyone know of a consumer device that has an Ethernet port and connects to an existing wireless network? I'm not after a Wifi range extender or anything like that, essentially I need to connect a non-Wifi device, to a Wifi network.

I know I can do it with Ubiquiti access points but that would be extreme overkill for the application.

james_s:
Sure, there are lots of those, many WiFi range extenders have a bridge mode, or you can install Tomato, DD-WRT or OpenWRT on almost any supported router to get this functionality. I use old obsolete routers running Tomato where I need a bridge.

Halcyon:

--- Quote from: james_s on April 14, 2021, 03:56:23 am ---Sure, there are lots of those, many WiFi range extenders have a bridge mode, or you can install Tomato, DD-WRT or OpenWRT on almost any supported router to get this functionality. I use old obsolete routers running Tomato where I need a bridge.

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I don't have any consumer routers, but that's an interesting idea. I do have some spare Raspberry Pi's... :-)

Monkeh:
Bearing in mind a real bridge requires a different frame format which your AP won't support. So you're left with some pretty ugly hacks.

james_s:

--- Quote from: Halcyon on April 14, 2021, 04:23:44 am ---I don't have any consumer routers, but that's an interesting idea. I do have some spare Raspberry Pi's... :-)

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I've always been able to find a suitable router at the local thrift store for ~$5, I've had people give them to me too. It depends on your needs but for the times I've needed to connect some old wired device to my wireless network it has worked for me. It's pretty much plug & play, just select bridged mode from the dropdown selector and configure the SSID and passphrase.

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