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I have a cisco-linksys wireless router through which multiple computers/printers and iphones are connected. Also, two switch ports are occupied by a desktop and a ip camera.

I want to connect another 'wired ip camera' to my router, but dont want to run 40ft of wire. Is there a product X (such as a wireless switch) to which I may connect this camera, while the X connects wirelessly to the router?

Something like this.

<ip-camera><wire><product-X><wireless><router>
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Frankly, if you want it to be 100% reliable I'd just go buy a 50 foot patch cable and run it. In the long run it'll be cheaper and more reliable. –  Evan Anderson Aug 12 '10 at 19:43
    
Many jurisdictions require a low voltage license to run ethernet cables. A wireless bridge is one way around that. –  GregD Aug 12 '10 at 20:03
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Pro hint: a "wire" has a single conductor. If it has multiple conductors (multiple wires) it's referred to as a "cable". "Wired" and "wireless" refer to "some" (rather than "one") and "none" respectively. You could say "cabled" but it's rarely used and you'd never (?) say "cable-free" (especially not "cableless"). –  Dennis Williamson Aug 12 '10 at 20:31
    
@GregD: I'd question whether running a prefabricated patch cable counts as running low voltage cable. Where is the line drawn? Running a patch cable over a wall between offices? How about between cubicles in the same room? Between machines on your desk? It's a grey area. All that aside, places that require licensing running lwo voltage cable sound like horrible places to live/work. I think I'd move. –  Evan Anderson Aug 13 '10 at 14:24
    
@Evan: I should have clarified. Here in Oregon, if you traverse a wall or ceiling panel, which is common in runs of 40FT, it requires a low voltage license. I don't know where the OP lives. I was just pointing out that we all aren't as lucky as most when running a stupid ethernet cable.. –  GregD Aug 13 '10 at 14:41

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You didn't say what brand wireless router you have, but this is just what the Apple AirPort Express is handy for. Cisco-Linksys, D-Link, and ASUS may have similar products. Note the AirPort Express can inter operate with other non-Apple APs with some effort.

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I have a cisco-linksys wireless router –  AM01 Aug 12 '10 at 19:54
    
+1 the AirPort Express is perfect for this application. The absurdly simple "Join a wireless network" option on the APE will do exactly what @AM01 wants. –  Skyhawk Aug 12 '10 at 20:38
    
I was thinking of amazon.com/o/asin/B002LITI7K/3--20 Airport express is a little expensive for me. –  AM01 Aug 12 '10 at 21:06

What you're asking for is a wireless ethernet bridge. There are quite a few of them on the market. The one I've used in the past was made by DLink although it appears to have been discontinued.

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Many, many regular consumer wireless routers can do this. You may have to install an after-market firmware such as dd-wrt in order to enable the feature.

Here are the instructions for setting up a wireless bridge configuration with dd-wrt.

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There are also exotic HomePlug (networking over powerline) and HPNA (Home Phone Network Adapter) technologies, but they tend to be less-than-rock-solid when compared to wired ethernet. It's a wiring versus performance trade-off...

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