A wireless bridge is a device that connects two wired networks together using wireless means. It can connect two LANs (Local Area Networks), or it can connect a LAN to an external WAN (Wide Area Network). A wireless bridge typically consists of two radios, each connected to one of the wired networks.
The radios communicate with each other, wirelessly bridging the two networks.
There are several benefits to using a wireless bridge.
First, it eliminates the need to run long cables between the two networks. This can save a lot of money, particularly if the networks are in different buildings.
Second, it provides increased flexibility and scalability. If the need arises to move or add equipment to either of the networks, this can be done much more easily than if they were connected by cables.
Applications for Wireless Bridges
Wireless bridges can be used in a variety of applications. Some common examples include:
- Connecting two buildings that are physically close together without running cables between them.
- Connecting a group of computers in one room to a central server located in another room.
- Providing internet access to a group of computers that are located in an area where it is not possible to run cables.
- Creating a temporary network connection in an emergency situation when normal network infrastructure is unavailable.
- Enabling construction workers to have internet access on-site without having to lay cables.
- Enabling municipal workers to have internet access while performing work tasks such as inspecting sewer lines or repairing streetlights.
We have some example Ubiquiti wireless ethernet bridge examples. Once you have decided that you would like to use a wireless bridge, there are a few things you need to take into account before making your purchase.
- The distance between the two points that will be connected by the bridge
- The number of devices that will be using the bridge at any given time
- The types of devices that will be using the bridge (computers, smartphones, tablets, etc.)
- The amount of bandwidth that will be required for your application
- The frequency the bridge uses and whether or not there is a clear line of sight
Wireless bridges provide many benefits over traditional wired networking solutions. They are less expensive, more flexible, and easier to install. However, before purchasing a wireless bridge, it is important to consider factors such as distance, number of users, type of devices, and bandwidth requirements.