Setting Up a Network Bridge to Enable Sharing Between Wi-Fi and Ethernet Connected Devices
You might have observed that by default, devices connected to Ethernet and Wi-Fi networks are unable to communicate with one another. If you wish to access resources or share data between the two networks, this can be problematic. You can set up a network bridge to allow sharing between the two networks.
A network bridge is a hardware or software component that enables communication between devices on various networks as though they were connected to the same network. If you wish to share resources or access the same resources from both networks while using devices linked to different networks, this can be helpful.
In this manual, we’ll explain how to set up a network bridge so that devices connected through Ethernet and Wi-Fi can share files and resources.
Step 1: Enable Bridging or LAN-to-WAN Routing on the Wi-Fi Router
Enabling LAN-to-WAN routing or network bridging on the Wi-Fi router is the first step in configuring a network bridge. By doing this, the Ethernet network and the Wi-Fi network can connect with each other’s devices.
Log in to the Wi-Fi router’s web-based administration interface to accomplish this. Normally, you may accomplish this by inputting the login information and the router’s IP address into a web browser.
Once you are logged in, look for the LAN-to-WAN routing or bridging option. This is often located in the router’s interface’s advanced options or network configuration section.
Step 2: Specify the IP Address Range of the Ethernet Connected Devices
The IP address range of the Ethernet-connected devices that you want to be able to communicate with the Wi-Fi network must be specified after you have activated bridging or LAN-to-WAN routing on the Wi-Fi router.
To do this, enter the range of IP addresses that you want to use for the Ethernet connected devices. This can be any range of private IP addresses, such as 192.168.1.2 to 192.168.1.254.
Step 3: Set the IP Address of the Ethernet Connected Devices
You need to set the IP address of the Ethernet connected devices to be within the defined range now that you have enabled bridging on the Wi-Fi router and specified the IP address range for the Ethernet connected devices.
To accomplish this, navigate to the network settings of the Ethernet-connected devices and change the IP address to be inside the Wi-Fi router’s range. The IP address of the Ethernet-connected devices may be adjusted to be 192.168.1.100, for instance, if you specified the range 192.168.1.2 to 192.168.1.254.
Step 4: Test Connectivity Between the Wi-Fi and Ethernet Connected Devices
Once the network bridge has been configured, you can ping one device from another to check connectivity between the Ethernet and Wi-Fi connected devices.
The command “ping [IP address of the other device]” must be entered into a command prompt or terminal on one of the devices to do this. For instance, you would type the command “ping [IP address of the Wi-Fi device]” to ping a device on the Wi-Fi network from a device on the Ethernet network.
The network bridge has been successfully set up, and devices are able to connect with one another. If the ping doesn’t function, there can be an issue with the network setup or the devices themselves. In this situation, you might need to troubleshoot the problem or contact the manufacturer for assistance.
That’s it! Now that a network bridge has been established, sharing between Ethernet- and Wi-Fi-connected devices is possible. You ought to be able to share resources and access the same resources from both networks with this set up.
Please contact ModemGuides Support if you run into any problems or have any concerns about how to set up the network bridge. Our team is always available to assist you with problem-solving and make sure your networking configuration is operating properly.
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