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Workgroup bridge definition

A workgroup bridge is a networking device that extends the Wi-Fi network coverage by connecting a wired network to a wireless network. It acts as a bridge between wireless and wired networks, allowing wired devices to become part of the wireless network, hence the name “workgroup bridge.”

You connect a workgroup bridge to a Wi-Fi hotspot, and it enables Ethernet devices connected to its wired network port to communicate with the Wi-Fi. It can be handy for integrating wired-only devices into a wireless network without running additional Ethernet cables.

See also: ethernet

Workgroup bridge use cases

Workgroup bridges are used in various industries and settings, including offices, factories, and even home networks. For instance, in an office environment, a workgroup bridge can help to integrate older, wired-only equipment, like printers, into a modern wireless network.

Advantages of using workgroup bridges

  • Flexibility: Integrating wired devices into a wireless network gives more flexibility for device placement.
  • Cost-effective: Using existing wireless infrastructure reduces the need for expensive Ethernet cabling.
  • Easy setup: Most workgroup bridges are plug-and-play, making them relatively easy to set up.

Disadvantages of using workgroup bridges

  • Speed limitations: The speed of the workgroup bridge is typically limited to the speed of the Wi-Fi, which may be slower than a wired Ethernet connection.
  • Connectivity issues: Like all wireless devices, workgroup bridges can be affected by interferences, impacting their performance.
  • Security: Wireless networks can be less secure than wired, potentially exposing devices to additional security risks..