Creating an Ethernet to Wireless Bridge (make your router act like a wifi card)

These instructions will enable you to connect a computer with an ethernet card, but no wireless, to a wifi hotspot via the use of a mini wireless router as this diagram demonstrates:




Do not connect an ethernet cable to the WAN port if using the router as a wifi card..

Directions

1. Connect an ethernet cable from your computer's ethernet port to the LAN port on the mini wireless router that you want to use as an ethernet to wifi bridge.

2. Open a web browser and go to https://192.168.10.1

3. Click Advanced and Accept Risk and Continue links/buttons

4. Login (there is no default password for a non-VPN configured TP router, thus just click the Login button to login)

5. Go to Network > Interfaces and click the Edit button that is next to the LAN network

6. In the IPv4 address box change 192.168.10.1 to 192.168.8.1 (note: this is to ensure your routers IP does not interfere with the wireless network you are trying to connect to)

7. Click the Save & Apply button at the bottom of the page

8. On your computer disconnect from and reconnect your Wired network

9. Open a web browser and go to https://192.168.8.1

10. Click Advanced and Accept Risk and Continue links/buttons

11. Login (again, there is no default password, unless of course you set one already)

12. Go to Network > Wireless

13. Next to the libreCMC SSID click the Remove button

14. Next to where it says Generic MAC80211 802.11bgn (radio0) click the Scan button

15. Click the Join Network button for the wireless network you are attempting to connect to

16. Enter a passphrase if it is required to connect to the network you are attempting to connect to

17. Click the Submit button

18. Click the Save & Apply button at the bottom of the page

19. Go to System > Administration and enter a password in the Password and Confirmation boxes

20. Click Save & Apply button at the bottom of the page

21. Go to Network > Interfaces and next to where it says Client "Access Point Name You Are Trying to Connect To" click the connect button

22. Give it a minute to connect. Next to Client "Access Point Name You Are Trying to Connect To" you will see an IP address once a connection has been established. Example: "IPv4: 192.168.10.117/24".

From your computers network applet click the wired connection to disconnect and then again to reconnect.