Ethernet to wireless: Our Picks for Best Ethernet to Wireless Adapters – WirelesSHack

Our Picks for Best Ethernet to Wireless Adapters – WirelesSHack

Adding a WiFi signal to a device that only has an Ethernet port can be done with an adapter that converts the signal to wireless.

Ethernet to wireless adapters is a quick, easy way to add WiFi to a computer, gaming console, or any device with an Ethernet port.

Yes, with the right device, an Ethernet signal can be converted to a wireless signal.

There are several devices that can convert a standard Ethernet connection to a WiFi hot spot.

An Ethernet-to-wireless adapter can add WiFi to any device that has an Ethernet port.

This makes them ideal in many scenarios, from connecting an old Xbox 360 to using a WiFi hot spot to upgrading the WiFi on an Android TV box.

For example, an Xbox 360 with no built-in WiFi can have wireless added which is connected to the Ethernet port.

Units can also be used on Smart TVs, Cable TV boxes, Computers, Printers and many other products.

Many good Ethernet-to-wireless adapters are available, with some of our favorite picks below.

As always, be sure to read reviews on Amazon, here, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is the right pick for you.

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Our Picks for Best Ethernet to Wireless Adapters

  1. IOGEAR Ethernet-2-WiFi Universal Wireless Adapter GWU637
  2. Available Here on Amazon

    Available Here on eBay

    The IOGEAR Ethernet-2-WiFi is a universal adapter that will work with any device that has an Ethernet port.

    It is one of the more popular units to add WiFi to a device with only an Ethernet port.

    The unit is Wireless-N which works in the 2.4Ghz frequency and can move data up to 300Mbps.

    The setup is done first by connecting it to a computer and after saving the settings plugging it into the device that needs the WiFi.

    The IOGEAR GWU637 is a good unit that can add WiFi to any hardware that only has an Ethernet port and no built-in WiFi.
     

  3. BrosTrend AC1200
  4. Available Here on Amazon

    Available Here on eBay

    The BrosTrend AC1200 is a unit that has different wireless modes.

    It can extend a WiFi signal, add an access point or add WiFi to non-wireless devices.

    The unit can add WiFi to an Ethernet-only device such as a smart TV or gaming console.

    While testing, it worked very well in all the modes and had a laptop online using Ethernet-to-WiFi.

    It also uses the new 802.11ac protocol, is dual band, and works in both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies.

    This makes it a very good unit with the latest wireless protocols.

    Read Full Review Here
     

  5. Vonets AC1200 VAP11AC
  6. Available Here on Amazon

    Available Here on eBay

    The Vonets VAP11AC is a new unit that is dual band and uses the 802.11ac protocol.

    This makes it able to work in both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies and use the new Wireless-AC protocols.

    Wireless-AC works in the 5GHz band and has much faster data transfer speeds compared to Wireless-N.

    It is backward compatible with older protocols so will work in almost any network.
     

  7. Vonets VAR11N-300
  8. Available Here on Amazon

    Available Here on eBay

    The Vonets VAR11N-300 is also a Wireless-N adapter that can add WiFi to devices.

    It can also connect with a USB cable and has many other features.

    Vonets makes several wireless products that are very handy at managing a wireless signal.

Summary
Using an Ethernet to wireless adapter can be handy in many scenarios.

While wireless usually is built-in to most devices a unit can be a quick and easy fix for any device without built-in WiFi.

They can also be used to fix or repair a broken internal WiFi.

For example, an Android TV box with a bad internal WiFi card can add a unit and be wireless again.

To get good transfer speeds the Ethernet Category type also is important with at least Cat 5e being used for Gigabyte speeds.
 

 

IOGEAR – GWU637 – Universal Wi-Fi N Transmitter

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Wireless Ethernet – Convert Ethernet to Wi-Fi On Any Device

Enjoy the freedom of Wi-Fi connectivity for any of your Ethernet enabled devices at home or in the office with IOGEAR’s Ethernet-2-WiFi Universal Wireless Adapter. This is the ideal solution for devices that do not have built-in Wi-Fi and is universally compatible with any device with an Ethernet port. Avoid the clutter of cables and connect devices such as HDTVs, game consoles, and Blu-ray players to your Wi-Fi network.

Turn Legacy Gadgets, Printers, VOIP into High Speed Wi-Fi Enabled Devices

Older laptops, A/V receivers, network printers and other Ethernet only devices leave you at the mercy of a hardwired data connection. With IOGEAR’s Ethernet-2-WiFi Universal Wireless Adapter, you can breathe new life into your legacy electronics by giving them Wi-Fi capability.

Maximize Transfer Speeds

Using dual antennas (2T2R), the adapter delivers data rates up to 300Mbps and boasts speeds twice that of IOGEAR’s Universal Wireless-N Adapter (GWU627). The increased speed supplies sufficient bandwidth for faster file transfers, music downloads, video streaming, online gaming, and HD multimedia applications.

Compact Design – Maximum Versatility

Designed to be thinner and lighter to make applications clean and clutter free, the Ethernet-2-WiFi Adapter is 40% smaller than its predecessor, without having to sacrifice performance. The compact design gives you the freedom to place your home entertainment center practically anywhere and stay connected to your wireless network.

Powered by USB

No need for power from an outlet, this device is powered by a USB port giving you more freedom to place it anywhere. For instance, the prevalence of USB ports on TV sets allow for simple and fast connection of the Ethernet-2-WiFi Adapter to any USB enabled television using the included USB power cable.

Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) Support

Instantly connect to your network with the push of a button. IOGEAR’s Ethernet-2-WiFi Adapter supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), giving you the capability of connecting to your Wi-Fi network with all your personal security presets without any extra configurion for the Wi-Fi connection.

Secured Wi-Fi Network

IOGEAR’s Ethernet-2-WiFi Universal Wireless Adapter maintains the highest level of security across your network. This device supports WEP, WPA, WPA2, TKIP and AES encryption standards to keep your wireless connection safe from intruders.

 

*Not Compatible with Enterprise Authentication

**Not Compatible with Mesh Networks

***GWU637 is designed to connect directly to a wireless router. Hotspots, repeaters and access points are not guaranteed to function properly.

 

  • Wirelessly connect Ethernet enabled devices to most Wi-Fi network*
  • Turn legacy electronics into high-speed Wi-Fi enabled devices
  • Supports transfer speeds of up to 300Mbps on 2.4GHz networks
  • Compatible with 802.11b/g/n network standards
  • Small form factor for ease of placement
  • Push-button Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) simplifies secure connections to existing Wi-Fi networks
  • Supports WEP, WPA, WPA2, TKIP and AES encryption

 

*Not Compatible with Enterprise Authentication

**Not Compatible with Mesh Networks

***GWU637 is designed to connect directly to a wireless router. Hotspots, repeaters and access points are not guaranteed to function properly.

**** If not using WPS then use either Internet Explorer if running Windows or Safari if running a Mac. Chrome or Firefox will not work correctly in most cases until the firmware update is uploaded

  • System Requirements
    • Ethernet enabled device
    • Wireless Router with WPS Setup or Wireless Router without WPS Setup and Ethernet Enabled Computer
    • Notes:
      • Not Compatible with Enterprise Authentication
      • Not Compatible with Mesh Wi-Fi Systems (ex. Google WiFi)
  • 1 x Ethernet-2-WiFi Universal Wireless Adapter
  • 1 x USB Power Cable
  • 1 x USB Power Adapter
  • 1 x Ethernet Cable (3ft)
  • 1 x Quick Start Guide
  • 1 x Warranty Card
Distributor Part #
Ingram 2Z7122
DH GWU637
Synnex 4381900
SKU ECCN
GWU637 5A992C
Function GWU637
Operating Temperature 0 ~ 50ºC
Storage Temperature -10 ~ 70ºC
Humidity 5 ~ 90% (Non Condensing)
Transmission Power IEEE 802. 11n:
Frequency Band 2.4GHz ISM Band
Modulation BPSK / QPSK / 16-QAM / 64-QAM
Data Rate 1, 2, 5.5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54, 60, 90, 120 and up to 300Mbps
Security 64-bit or 128-bit WEP / TKIP / AES / WPA / WPA2
Operating Range Indoor: up to 100m, Outdoor: up to 180m
Encryption 64-bit or 128-bit WEP / TKIP / AES / WPA / WPA2
Antenna Type 2T2R
Standards IEEE 802.11b/g/n, 802.3, 802.3u
Network Interface One 10/100 BaseT with RJ45 port (WAN/LAN)
Power
Amps 5V
Voltage 500mA
Input Rating 100-240V ~ 50/60Hz
Power Connections Micro USB
Dimensions GWU637
Unit Dimensions
Height 1″ (2. 5cm)
Length 2.56″ (6.5cm)
Depth 0.75″ (1.9cm)
Inner Pack
Height 8″ (20.3cm)
Length 14.25″ (36.2cm)
Width 9.75″ (24.8cm)
Inner Pack Qty. 6
Unit Package Dimensions
Height 9.06″ (23.01cm)
Width 6.37″ (16.2cm)
Depth 2.19″ (5.5cm)
Master Carton
Height 17.32″ (44cm)
Width 10.8″ (27.5cm)
Depth 15.94″ (40.5cm)
Master Carton Qty. 12
Weight
Master Carton Wt. 9.3 lbs (4.2kg)
Inner Pack Wt. 4.2 lbs (1.9kg)
Unit Pack Wt. 0.55 lbs (0.26kg)
Unit Wt. 0.05 lbs (0.02kg)

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Supported operating systems Windows ® 2000/XP 2003 x64 Edition, Mac OS ® X 10.2. 4 or later

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