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Cisco-Linksys Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge with 5-port Switch WET54GS5

by Linksys

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  • Provides high-speed cable-free bridging between remote workgroups
  • Built-in 5-port 10/100 switch with auto MDI/MDI-X cable detection
  • Converts wired-Ethernet devices to Wireless-G network connectivity
  • Wireless communications protected with 64- or 128-bit encryption
  • Operates in the 2.4 GHz frequency spectrum with throughput of up to 54 Mbps
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Product Description

Product Description

Linksys Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge with 5-port Switch - High-speed cable-free bridging between remote workgroups! The Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge with 5-port Switch can be used as a kind of "cable-less cable" for connecting remote areas together. Maybe Shipping is all the way across the warehouse from Receiving. You can connect up to 5 Ethernet-equipped computers directly to the high-speed 10/100 switch ports on the Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge. Put another one (or a Wireless-G Access Point, or our one-port Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge) at the other end, and those 5 computers are connected to your main network -- with no need to string wires. And those 5 switch ports can support devices other than PCs. Since there are no drivers to load, you can make any wired-Ethernet device -- like a printer or network attached storage device -- into a wireless network device. All five ports are auto speed negotiating, and have automatic MDI/MDI-X crossover detection, so you don't have to worry about the cable type. To protect your data and privacy, all wireless transmissions can be secured with up to 128-bit encryption.

From the Manufacturer

The Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge with 5-port Switch can be used as a kind of "cable-less cable" for connecting remote areas together. Maybe Shipping is all the way across the warehouse from Receiving. You can connect up to 5 Ethernet-equipped computers directly to the high-speed 10/100 switch ports on the Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge. Put another one (or a Wireless-G Access Point, or our one-port Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge) at the other end, and those 5 computers are connected to your main network -- with no need to string wires.

And those 5 switch ports can support devices other than PCs. Since there are no drivers to load, you can make any wired-Ethernet device -- like a printer or network attached storage device -- into a wireless network device. All five ports are auto speed negotiating, and have automatic MDI/MDI-X crossover detection, so you don't have to worry about the cable type. To protect your data and privacy, all wireless transmissions can be secured with up to 128-bit encryption.

The Switch supports VPN pass through and port-forwarding. You can partition your network into up to 64 VLANs, using port-based 802.1q tagging. It also supports 802.1d Spanning Tree Protocol to prevent network loops. You can enable QoS on the switch side, with 4 levels of prioritization by port, 802.1p, ToS or DiffServ methods. And even with all this power, set up is a snap with the web browser-based configuration utility.

Let the Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge with 5-port Switch from Linksys open up exciting new possibilities for your wireless network.

See a comparison diagram of the different wireless technologies.

Wireless networks are rapidly becoming more popular and coming down in price. Since they don't require cables, you can use the devices anywhere in an office or home, even out on the patio. There's no need to roll out an Ethernet network cable to each room of a house; you can network anywhere -- wit-hout wires. Outside of the home, wireless networking is available in hotspots at coffee shops, businesses, airports -- great when you're on the road and need to get some work done. For convenience, wireless networking is the answer.

What Wireless Standard is Right for Me?
Now that you've decided to create a wireless network, the next step is to figure out which wireless standard to use.

Basically, a standard is a set of specifications for a device. All devices that follow a specific standard share operating characteristics, such as the radio frequency used and maximum data transfer speed.

For wireless networking, there are three standards to choose from at this time:

  • 802.11b
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11a/g

To learn about the differences between the standards and select the right one for your network, click here for an easy-to-understand chart.


Product Details

Product Manual [1.76mb PDF]
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0001ZRLRE
  • Item model number: WET54GS5
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 31, 2004

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

In my case, one of the more expensive Netgear ones.
Scott Peterson
I have installed 3 of these and find it the great way to extend a wireless network to a cluster of wired devices.
Stanley A. Nelson
On the released firmware, if using WPA security, it doesn't hold a connection.
Bob

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tyrod on July 8, 2005
Put away those silly game adaptors you're trying to get to work as a bridge for multiple ethernet devices. This is the genuine article. I first attached it to my laptop with an ethernet cable. Ran the CD configurator. I set the IP address to one that I wanted. Uploaded the latest firmware that I had already had downloded from the net. Entered the web interface and finished seting up a few minor things including the site survey.
Then I put the bridge in place to serve a ethernet enabled Tivo and ReplayTV. I was able to immediately able to access both the Tivo and ReplayTV. I setup WPA-PSK and it has been operating 5x5 ever since. One of the thngs I like about this bridge is that it supports QoS which is important for streaming media and VoIP. The bridge seems to be fairly simple to get setup and running, but has multiple menus which control things which are way over my head. One tip is that the default user name and password is admin and not just the password as implied in the manual. Now I just gotta figure out what I'm gonna stick in the other 3 ports.

Update 7/13/05 WPA gave up the ghost after 3 days. I had to reboot it a few times to get it to work after disabling WPA.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rick Starbuck on August 18, 2004
I got the Linksys wireless bridge working very quickly and with no real issues was able to establish a link with WPA-level encryption.

A day later, the unit started dropping connections left and right. I spent a few phone calls and chat sessions talking to Linksys tech support and then happened upon the solution all by myself.

AMBIENT HEAT FROM OTHER DEVICES KILLS THESE THINGS! If you're experiencing issues with this device, first make sure you've got the latest firmware. Then, check the temperature of the case. I found that setting it on top of my TiVo was enough to cause it to go haywire in a little over an hour. I took it off and placed it on the entertainment center shelf and, voila! no problems. Steady connection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 10, 2005
There was a glaring problem with this unit and WPA security until they released firmware version 4.9.1 recently. It has been running stable in my home network for 2 months now. The AP its connected to is a D-Link DGL4300 with an antenna booster (they are separated by a floor and 30 feet). I have our email and web server connected to the bridge and it works great. Until the 200mbit HomePlug devices come out, this is the best solution this side of CAT-5 cable runs.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eric D. Tooley on June 24, 2004
I use this compact Wireless G bridge to connect my ReplayTV and two laptops in my home office to a Linksys Wireless G router (WRT54GS) in the living room. Installation was easy and it works beautifully, even when streaming video between my two ReplayTV units.
The Bridge itself is quite small: about 5" wide, 4" deep, and 1" tall--about half the size of my wireless router. The case is metal, not plastic, and seems built to last.
If you just need to add wireless connectivity to a single component, a wireless G adapter would be cheaper. But to network several co-located components (and leave USB and PC-card slots free), this Ethernet bridge offers a great alternative.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark on November 21, 2004
The product data page for this product states that it supports PSK-TKIP. Using WPA-PSK/TKIP security, the unit would not keep a connection for more than about 10 minutes (with Linksys or non Linksys wireless access points). I returned the first unit and the second unit. When I got a third unit, I decided to call Linksys.

I was told that they were "aware of the problem" and they were "working on it". They are also "sorry for the inconvenience". I have waited several months and one firmware upgrade and Linksys has still not fixed this product feature. It is now three months past the last firmware upgrade and I have not heard anything from Linksys.

I would rate the product 0 stars out of 5, but Amazon does not allow less than 1 star. The product still works as a 5-port hub, giving it a rating of 1 star (a rather generous rating for a wireless bridge that does not work as advertized), but the Linksys lack-of-response should, in my opinion, deduct close to 1 point, for a total of 0 stars.

The product does work with no security, and with WEP security (that is so insecure with a modest amount of traffic that this is akin to having no security), but I cannot confirm if the WPA-RADIUS security mode works as I do not have a RADIUS server configured yet on my network.

Stay away from this product!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Sommer on November 7, 2005
I have purchased additional products from Linksys, WGA54G Game Adapter, and dLink, DGL-3420 Game Adapter, in order to connect my PS2 to the internet. I was unable to get either adapter to work and had almost totally given up trying to when I found this product on Amazon's website, so I figured I would give it one more try. Well, after two hours of setting up this product I was finally able to have my PS2 access the internet. The reason for the length of time in the set-up is partly because of previous bad experiences and Linksys's lack of good documentation related to the Infrastructure setting vs. Ad-Hoc setting. On all my previous Linksys products I have had to choose my channel setting as well as whether I was running a B, G, or mixed network, however you are unable to choose these settings within Infrastructure mode. Nowhere is this mentioned in the documentation or on the their website. Basically, you need to ignore how your home wireless network is set up and just choose Infrastructure mode for access to your router. The lack of a chosen channel doesn't seem to affect connectivity, which after initially updating the firmware (based on other customers reviews) and updating the bridge settings, should only take a max of an hour as the web utility is very easy to use. Overall I am extremely happy with this product. I have not had any issues with a dropped connection as previous users have mentioned and I also have four remaining ethernet ports for future network expansion. For anyone wanting to connect a device with an ethernet port to their wireless network, I would highly recommend this product.
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