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Linksys Wireless Ethernet Bridge

by Linksys
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • An All-In-One Wireless Solution for Any Ethernet-Ready Network Device
  • Fully Compatible with IEEE 802.11b Standard
  • Supports a High Data Rate of Up to 11Mbps
  • Assurance of Constant Connection via Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS)
  • Conveniently Eliminates Cables and Network Wires Used by Network Devices
  • No Additional Drivers Are Needed
  • Guarantee Reliable Performance
  • Easy and Quick Setup
  • 1-Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight200 g
Product Dimensions9.4 x 12.5 x 3.1 cm
Item model numberWET11
Wireless Type802.11B
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 197,992 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight386 g
Date First Available12 Sep 2005

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The versatile wireless Ethernet bridge from Linksys can make any wired Ethernet-equipped device a part of your wireless network. At home, use the wireless Ethernet bridge to connect game consoles, set-top boxes, or computers to your wireless network to share your high-speed network connection. In the office, convert your Ethernet-wired printer, scanner, camera, notebook, or desktop into a wireless networked device.

It's completely driver-free, so it works on any platform and with any operating system. Because there are no drivers to load, setup is a snap--just plug it into your device and configure the network settings through your Web browser.

You can also use the Linksys wireless Ethernet bridge as a kind of "cableless cable" to connect remote areas together. Maybe the Shipping department is all the way across the warehouse from Receiving. Or maybe you want to set up a home office in your detached garage. With a wireless Ethernet bridge in the garage and another one (or a wireless access point) in the house, you're connected--without the hassle of cabling.

Converts wired-Ethernet devices to wireless 802.11b network connectivity.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works with just about anything... 7 Jan 2003
I bought this to link my G3 iMac with my wireless LAN.
Set-up is a breeze.
Set the IP address of your MAC to, point your web browser to, to check the configuration. The box had already discovered my wireless LAN, and I was surfing the net.
The set-up screens are clear and concise, with on-line help should you need it.
The connection has been rock solid, never dropping below 11Mb (The MAC is about 15M away through several walls.)
The only downside is the power supply. It is clearly meant for overseas, as it has a non-UK plug, a 'shaver adapter' is provided, however.
The PSU is so small, it simply plugs into the adapter and quite happliy hangs off the wall. I guess they are just saving money.
This box also works with the X-Box and Playstation 2, to provide them with wireless access to your broadband service.
I haven't tried this yet, if anyone out there has please post....
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Linksys WET54G is a better value. 7 Jan 2004
The Linksys Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge  WET54G supports the older 11b WI-FI standard and the new faster 11G standard and it costs the same so get the WET54G instead and you will be happier even if you only have an 11b network at the moment.
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  147 reviews
41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars When you get one that works, it's wonderful... 19 Feb 2005
By Gogmagog - Published on Amazon.com
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Seems like many other reviews here ring true. Spent the better part of two days trying to configure this item in vain with at least four calls and three hours wasted with tech support just to end up with a bridge stuck in eternal boot mode (seems like a failing hard reset is not uncommon). Sent back to Amazon for a replacement and the new one worked like a charm after two minutes of hassle-free configuration (I would suggest linking it straight to your ethernet after setting a static IP on your pc and working via the bridge's IP address - skip the setup CD-ROM altogether - for detailed instructions, see Linksys' tech support website articles 304 and 534).

I use the bridge to connect a PS2 in our basement with our pc on the second floor (and opposite end) of our house and have a flawless connection with the BEFW11S4 router. I am very pleased with our final result - but very dissatisfied with the work it took to get here. My suggestion - if you follow directions and it doesn't work (i.e., stuck it boot mode, won't save your changes), don't mess with firmware, don't waste time talking to India, just return it for a replacement until it does work.
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased with the WET11 15 Sep 2002
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
After reading the specs on the Linksys WET11 and downloading the user manual from their website, I decided to purchase a unit. I am very pleased with this product and it works as I had expected.
Setting it up was a breeze. The antenna is screwed on to the right side of the unit (which is surprisingly small). Plug in the power supply. I then hooked it up to a PC laptop with the supplied RJ45 cable and ran the setup program. I have an SMC Barricade 7004AWBR router with a built in wireless access point. The WET11 was configured to use the same SSID and channel as the SMC and then set to DHCP. All done.
The unit can then be connected to your ethernet device in one of two ways. One is directly to your desktop or laptop, for example. The other is to hook it up to a hub or switch and from there wire it up to one or more desktops or even laptops. There is a switch on the unit to select which mode will be used. While I do have a wireless card for the laptop, it's nice to have the flexibility of going wired for desktops.
The icing on the cake is that I now have wireless connectivity for my Mac Beige G3. I've been looking for a solution and the WET11 solves it. Before, I had to run a long RJ45 cable to it from the router. Now I can connect it to the WET11 through either of the two options mentioned and get on the web as before, except it's now wireless. One tip - set the Mac to a manual IP address. For some reason, setting the Mac for DHCP does not work. For me a very minor issue.
I have not seen any dropped connections for the few days I've had it and it sure runs cool. All in all, it has met my expectations, perhaps more so with the Mac. For the money, I see no comparable product out there. Check it out.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Connect different networks cheaply with any access point 3 Oct 2002
By Glenn Fleishman - Published on Amazon.com
This tremendous and inexpensive piece of gear has two great features: one, you can plug any Ethernet device into it and thus attach it to a wireless Wi-Fi network; two, you can take a network of 30 or more devices connected in a wired configuration, and bridge all of their traffic to any access point within range. This lets you hook pods of computers together without wires, bypassing expensive or difficult drilling operations or wiring configurations. It's not perfect, as the full connection is the equivalent of less than the original 10 Mbps Ethernet, but it's an awful good solution for computer labs, homes that are too large for a single access point, or building small office networks. It's also worthwhile for community and neighborhood networks trying to extend their range.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WORKS GREAT!! 31 Mar 2003
By "shifty_g" - Published on Amazon.com
I have a PS2, a Mac G4 running OSX and a Pentium Laptop running Windows 2000 and my ISP uses PPoE and dynamic IP addressing. At first glance, not an easy combination when thinking in terms of a home network. But then I read up on routers, and subsequently, wireless technologies and it's been a snap since then. I ended up going with the Linksys BEFW11s4 4 port 802.11b* router and the Linksys WET11 bridge. Both devices were super easy to setup and despite what the box and setup guide say...you CAN set the whole thing up from a Macintosh via your browser and system preferences.
Once up and running, you are able to set the WET11 up with any device using an Ethernet 10/100 port converting it to wireless. (In my case the PS2.) You can also connect up to 4 other devices via the router and a virtually unlimited number or other wireless, 802.11b compatible devices.. All will share your internet connection, even if its dynamically addressed from your ISP, and have access to printers, scanners and other devices sharing the network.
The system comes with a host of security options if you are concerned about hackers or outside hitchers riding your bandwith. I live in a very congested, tech savy part of San Francisco so wireless security is a huge issue. There are multiple levels of encryption, password protection, and filtering options to lock your system from all but the most determined hackers. You're never completely safe, but you can be confident with the options included here.
Performance wise, the system is above average. This will totally depend on where you live, what other 2.4ghz wireless devices you operate and the distance / walls separating the access point from the wireless connecting device. I have had 2 PS2s (one connected by cable the other wirelessly from another room about 50 feet away, playing SOCOM on 1.5mbps DSL) plus the Mac simaultaneously connected to the internet with little to no slow down. This is not to say the whole thing works flawlessly all the time. I have noticed that at times, especially during the day, lag can occur in online gaming with the WET11. I am assuming this is caused by outside traffic such as 2.4ghz phones and possibly other 802.11 devices. Again, the slowdown is very infrequent and negligable when it occurs. If this is a concern for you, you should look into 802.11a (still in development and about 3 times the price) devices that run on the 5.4ghz frequency which is less congested.
All in all, and if you've made it this far in my babbling, the combination of the Linksys 4 port router and the Linksys WET11 bridge should be perfect for those wanting expandability, compatability, reliablity and playability. Host a LAN party or head online solo from the comfort of your living room sofa, its all capable with this set up.
*(802.11b is the bottom rung of the wi-fi spectrum at the moment, which is the only thing that kept me from giving this 5 out of 5 stars.(11 mbps transfer rate compared the the 56mbps of .11a and .11g. This is only an issue when you transfer large amounts of data from one device to another or if you connect to the internet at T1 speeds) But it is also the most widely compatible and most cost effective of the three current technologies.)
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect solution for the XBox and more 6 Dec 2002
By Douglas Welzel - Published on Amazon.com
When XBox Live was looming on the horizon I started wonder how in the world I was going to get my XBox online. My TV is nowhere near my broadband connection and dragging a cable around wasn't an option. When Linksys introduced the wireless bridge, all of my problems were solved. I was able to easily connect my Xbox (and any other device which happens to sit near the TV) to my home network.
Think of the bridge as a device which extends your wired network, just without using a wire.. :) A wired network comes out of one side of the bridge, allowing you to connect a device that accepts a regular ethernet connection. If you need to attach multiple devices, simply put a hub or switch in the mix.
During the initial setup I had some problems. My wireless access point was up and running, but I couldn't connect to the bridge. It turns out I needed to connect it to my wired network to get the initial configuration correct. Once I did this the rest of the setup was a breeze and it has been working flawlessly ever since.
Again, for those people that are considering this for use with an XBox (or probably any other gaming console), I've had no problems. I regularly run game servers on my XBox and the bridge has been great.
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