Wireless-G Game Adapter with PC?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by riccjohn, Mar 21, 2007.

  1. riccjohn

    riccjohn LI Guru Member

    Does anyone know if it's possible to use a Wireless Game Adapter (WGA54G) with a pc? I have one lying around that I never use, so if i can use that instead of having to buy a new pc adapter, it would be much easier. Thanks!
  2. Pinchy

    Pinchy Network Guru Member

    The WGA devices are simply wireless bridges. Plug it into an ethernet port on your PC instead of the game console, and away you go.

    There was a point in time where I could buy the Linksys ones for about 2/3 the price of their actual bridges... so I would! :)
  3. riccjohn

    riccjohn LI Guru Member

    But what drivers would I need to install on my computer?
  4. MelechRic

    MelechRic LI Guru Member

    Assuming that you've got normal ethernet card drivers already installed then there's nothing further you need.

    The computer can't tell it's even plugged into the bridge. To the computer there should be no difference between:

    Computer <------------> Router <-------> Cable/DSL Modem <-----> Internet


    Computer <---> Wireless Bridge <~~~~~~> Router <---->Cable/DSL Modem <--> Internet

    The bridge/game adapter is simply a way to achieve a wireless connection. Since it connects through your ethernet port you don't need anything special.

    From the wi-fi wiki:

    Wireless Ethernet Bridge

    A wireless Ethernet bridge connects a wired network to a wireless network. This is different from an access point in the sense that an access point connects wireless devices to a wired network at the data-link layer. Two wireless bridges may be used to connect two wired networks over a wireless link, useful in situations where a wired connection may be unavailable, such as between two separate homes.
  5. riccjohn

    riccjohn LI Guru Member

    Right before you posted that, I had tried just plugging it in and it worked. Now I have it running with my pc running Ubuntu. Thanks for your help!
  6. Pinchy

    Pinchy Network Guru Member

    Yep, they make excellent wireless connection points for PCs because they need no software to run. If they weren't so damned expensive though..... :frown:
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