I often connect a wireless bridge to routers when I want to test something without trailing additional cabling everywhere.
I use a little Netgear WGE111, which even though it was marketed as a gaming adapter, has always worked perfectly when plugged into a Cisco router's ethernet interface. It connects to the wireless access point and as far as the Cisco router is concerned, things work just the same as if it was connected back to the other end using an ethernet cable.
However - I have just tried to do the same thing with a 2950 switch, and it didn't work.
- If an ethernet cable is hauled across and connected back to the wired network, the fastethernet interface comes up, the vlan1 interface comes up, the VLAN interface's IP address 192.168.1.xxx is pingable, and traffic passes to/from devices attached to the switch ports.
- If the same cable is connected to the wireless adapter, both the fastethernet and VLAN interfaces show as up, but the VLAN interface isn't pingable and no traffic passes to/from any device attached to any of the switch ports.
- I tried a straight-through cable and a crossover with the same result.
So obviously I have done something wrong! Any advice would be great.