Wireless Bridges

Best Wireless Bridge 2011

This list has the top 5 best-selling wireless bridge devices of 2011. The main source for this is Amazon.com’s list of bestsellers in this category. Each device (with one minor exception) has had its own review on this website. For more detail on any entry please feel free to read the full review.

  1. Diamond Multimedia 300Mbps 802.11n Wireless Range Extender (WR300N)
  2. The Diamond WR300N is a great cheap multi-mode device, which can serve as wireless bridge as well as a wireless access point and a wireless repeater. The biggest negative issue with this device is that it has only one Ethernet port. You can solve this by means of an Ethernet hub, but that could be cumbersome depending on your configuration.

    The WR300N is unique among this list in that it has a small size: it’s built to be directly plugged into a power socket, without a power cord. Since it’s small it’s also great for traveling: it could be used in a hotel room (or anywhere with an Ethernet port on the wall) to create a wireless network for devices that only have WiFi capability.
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  3. ZyXEL 300 Mbps Wireless N Access Point, Ethernet Client, Universal Repeater, and Range Extender (WAP3205)
  4. The ZyXEL WAP3205 is a decent standard multi-mode wireless device. One of its strong points is that it’s the least expensive device on the list, at around $50 USD. As a bridge, it’s a good solution for an office or home network that needs to join two physically separated networks to allow shared resources. As it has many modes, one can also use it as a repeater or access point in the future as networking needs change, saving on the cost of buying a new device.
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  5. Linksys WES610N 4-Port Dual-Band N Entertainment Bridge
  6. The WES610N is the only dedicated bridge device that made this list. It’s a fairly high-end device, with good range and speeds, as well as four Ethernet ports. This is an ideal device for connecting living room devices (blu-ray player, gaming consoles, and so on) to the home’s network with a reliable, high-quality signal allowing for video streaming and other activities with high bandwidth consumption. Simply connect them all to a WES610N, connect another WES610N to the main router and set them to form a bridge.
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  7. D-Link DAP-1522 Xtreme 4-Port GigaBit Selectable Dual Band Draft 802.11n N Duo Wireless Bridge/Access Point
  8. The DAP-1522’s unique feature among this list is its dual-band support. This means that it can run both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wireless-N signals simultaneously. This allows each device connecting to the DAP-1522 to choose which signal to use – the best choice depends on compatibility, signal quality, etc (an article explaining the difference between the two frequencies is forthcoming). Apart from that, the device is fairly standard: 4 Ethernet ports, also supports access point mode, and backwards Wireless-G compatibility.
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  9. TP-Link TL-WA801ND 300 Mbps Wireless N Access Point
  10. The TL-WA801ND is the only device on the list that hasn’t been reviewed on wirelessbridges.org. However, the newer model along this line, the TL-WA901ND, has been reviewed. This device boasts plenty of modes and three external movable antennas. Its main downside, like the Diamond WR300N, is that it only has one Ethernet port and may need to be used with an Ethernet hub in some configurations.
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