For the last couple of months, my shiny new Xbox One has been lounging under the TV in the lounge, while my old battered Xbox 360 has comfortably remained beside me at my work desk. However, the downside of this arrangement is that the Xbox One mostly gets used as a Netflix, YouTube and media player, somewhat of a waste for it. So a swap around was needed, but here’s the thing – my Xbox 360 is one of the older models without built in Wi-Fi – and I don’t have a network point anywhere near the lounge TV!
I could of course purchase the Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter, but that’s a painfully expensive purchase for a pretty old device.
Instead, I turned my attention to wireless bridge devices, eventually turning up the TRENDnet TEW-640MB Wireless 4-Port Media Bridge from loot.co.za (for R594). Although a currently discontinued product (I didn’t realise this at the time of purchase), The TEW-640MB is a four port wireless bridge, that allows me to connect to a Wi-Fi network and then share that connection to four networked devices – in this case my Xbox 360, my old Samsung Blu-ray player, and the old PC I utilize as a Kodi media server for when I want to save on the bandwidth cost of my girls incessantly watching the same old episodes of Peppa Pig on Netflix.
The best feature of this actually quite decent wireless bridge is the fact that it supports One-touch Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) wireless connection – brilliant because my relatively new TP-Link TD-W8970 modem router has WPS as a feature, meaning that setup was literally pressing a button on the router followed by a button press on the TEW-640MB!
Oh, and the Internet connection itself works like a charm. The Xbox 360 is now happily on the network thanks to it plugged into the TEW-640MB that sits all innocuous next to my TV, streaming Netflix pretty much all evening long!
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