How do I turn a wireless router into a gaming adapter?

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How do I turn a wireless router into a gaming adapter?
There cannot be online gaming without a gaming adaptor. (Video game controller image by Christopher Meder from

A gaming adaptor is a device that allows a gaming console that might not already have wireless networking capabilities such as the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 2, to connect wirelessly to networks for online gaming. Although there are some network adaptors that can connect to the consoles via USB, another method is to use a wireless router as an adaptor by configuring it as a wireless ethernet bridge. However, in order for a wireless bridge to exist, there must be two wireless routers.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 2 wireless routers
  • Computer
  • Ethernet cable
  • Gaming Console

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  1. 1

    Connect the Ethernet cable between the computer and an open LAN port on the router.

  2. 2

    Open a web browser and type in the router utility address, which should look similar to "" Every brand is different, so refer to the router user guide for the specific address. The address may also be printed on the router.

  3. 3

    Login to the router utility. A commonly used default username is "admin" and default password is "password." This may differ depending on the brand of router, so refer to the router user guide for specific login details.

  4. 4

    Write down the LAN/WAN MAC address in the router utility. This address can be under "Status", "Basic Settings", or something similar. The MAC address is twelve characters long and looks similar to "00:1a:cd:fa:3d:cc"

  5. 5

    Click on the Wireless Bridge settings. This may be under "Wireless Bridging", "Advanced", "Wireless" or something similar. It may take some browsing through the menus to find the right menu, or refer to the router's user guide.

  6. 6

    Enable the device as a wireless bridge and enter the LAN/WAN MAC address under the access points that are allowed to connect. Save the settings and exit the router utility.

  7. 7

    Repeat the steps above with the other wireless router.

  8. 8

    Disconnect the Ethernet cable from the computer and connect it to the gaming console. The gaming console should now be able to connect to the network wirelessly.

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