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In General im looking for info about and "Ethernet Bridge". I am trying to connect my Blu-ray to the internet without hardwiring it...as my wireless router is 2 floors above me. LG support staff say that i can use an ethernet bridge to connect my device to the internet for updates and streaming videos. If i were to use it to stream videos would a wireless connection suffice. I also was wondering if i could use my USB dongle plugged into a "Female USB to Male Ethernet" type connector if such a thing exists? or is that what an Ethernet bridge is?
 

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I wonder if that support staff knows what they're talking about. An ethernet bridge is essentially a 2 port switch and was originally used to extend an ethernet network beyond one collision domain. What you may be able to do is use WiFi, if your player supports it and set up a WiFi router in bridging mode. You could connect the player directly to your internet connection, but then you couldn't use it for anything else. You'd normally use a router so that the connection can be shared among several devices. If you do that, use a WiFi router and whatever WiFi device the player supports.
 

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I use a D-Link DAP-1522 bridge
If connecting only one device, the Asus WL-330ge may be more suitable at less than half the cost of that D-Link.
 

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You don't need a bridge. Just use wireless.
I agree you don't need what's traditionally been referred to as an "Ethernet bridge". However, WiFi access points and routers configured to be in bridging mode can be used to bridge over to an area where Ethernet is not available. This is, of course, a different function than what the original Ethernet bridges provided.
 

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So im looking at this D-Link DAP-1522...thinking perhaps that one or something similar to it. I really only need one device to connect which is the blu-ray. It will only receive internet connection through an Ethernet wire. So as i only need one device to connect i could go with the cheaper item. so heres my question, if i go to this D-link one can i connect all of my units (XBOX, CPU, Laptop, Wii, Blu-ray, and TV) to this device (or something similar) Via my wireless router? if so would it possibly increase my internet speed because im wired (so to speak) or would it slow it down as i might be pulling internet usage from one "port" from my wireless to support multiple devices? Would there be any advantage buying a device that supports multiple devices?

The reason why im thinking about this thing is i live in a basement suite, internet shared with the upstairs. They also run multiple devices off the wireless router. would this unit, like the d-link give me privacy? prevent them from seeing my CPU. I have files shared on my CPU that i dont really want others to see except my wife who access them from her laptop but they are available to anyone on the network. the other option that i like is the printer. she runs a newer version of windows and programs that i dont run so she can only print if she connects to the printer. A router or "bridging device" might help, not that its a big deal.
 

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^^^^
With some WiFi routers, you can configure them so that various computers on WiFi cannot communicate. Also, even 802.11g can deliver better performance than many home internet connections.
 
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