Internet Access via Network Bridges

I don't have Internet access near my TV, and I'd prefer not to run a cable through my house; what other options are available?

Here are three good Network Bridge options to connect the MicroConsole TV adapter to the Internet that don't require running additional cables. You can use:

  • Existing powerline wiring
  • Existing coaxial (cable/satellite TV) wiring
  • Wi-Fi (wireless)

Which option is best for me?

All of these options work well in the right situation. You need to consider where your TV is located and where your Internet connection or Wi-Fi router is located to decide what is best for you. If it seems too complicated, or if you have trouble getting it to work, do not hesitate to contact us. We're here to help and are happy to walk you through getting set up.

For each of these options, we've compiled a general set of instructions. If you're starting fresh, check out this table to help you choose:

Network Bridges

Pros

Cons

Powerline Adapter

  • Highly reliable
  • Very convenient
  • May not work in older homes or homes with complex electrical wiring

Coax Bridge

  • Highly reliable
  • Uses existing coax (cable/satellite TV) wiring
  • Must have coax wiring near your TV and near your Internet router

Wireless Bridge

  • Highly reliable over 5 GHz with 802.11n
  • Very convenient
  • 2.4 GHz band is subject to interference, resulting in poor reliability
  • Bridge needs to be in range of the Wi-Fi router

Helpful hints

  • Powerline network bridges are generally very reliable, but a small number of users report that baby monitors or lamps with dimmer switches or touch-sensitive on/off controls can cause interference with Powerline Adapters.
  • Coax Bridges are very reliable, but you must have coax (cable/satellite TV wiring) near your TV and also near your broadband router.
  • Wireless Wi-Fi bridges are very convenient if you have a Wi-Fi network in your home, but they are also the least reliable if you use the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi band, which is the most common band. If you set up your wireless bridge or Wi-Fi router for 802.11n with 5 GHz-only, users report highly reliable results. For Wi-Fi tips, please consult our Wi-Fi FAQ.

While we do our best to give you a great gameplay experience, sometimes other factors can interfere and impact performance. When choosing a bridge device, you should consider all the options and make the choice that works best for you.

Network Bridge Setup with the MicroConsole TV Adapter

Powerline Adapter (Internet over Powerline)

A Powerline Adapter is a network bridge that carries the Internet signal via the power lines installed in your home. Powerline Adapters are used in pairs, and are configured as shown in the diagram. Be sure to follow all manufacturers' instructions. Note that a Powerline Adapter should be plugged directly into a power wall outlet. Check with the device manufacturer for advice on using a Powerline Adapter with an outlet strip (power strip).

This set up requires the following:

  • Clean home wiring: Older homes or homes with complex power wiring may not work
  • 2 x Powerline Adapters: One located near your TV and one near your Internet or Wi-Fi router
  • 1 x Ethernet cable: To connect your Internet or Wi-Fi router to the Powerline Adapter

Powerline Adapter

Coax Bridge (Internet over Coax)

A Coax Bridge uses existing coax (cable/satellite TV wires) in your home. This option is popular with cable TV subscribers because the coax lines generally exist both near the TV and near your where your ISP's installed your Internet router (particularly if you have cable modem service), so no new wiring is needed. Coax Bridges are configured as shown in the diagram. Be sure to follow all manufacturers' instructions.

This set up requires the following:

  • Coax cable access near your MicroConsole
  • Coax cable near your Internet router or cable modem
  • Coax Bridge (generally sold in pairs)

Coax Bridge

Wireless Bridge

A Wireless Bridge connects to your home Wi-Fi network, just like any other Wi-Fi device. You will get best results if you configure your Wi-Fi bridge to connect to your Wi-Fi router using only the 5 GHz band. The more common 2.4 GHz band is far less reliable, but if it works in your home, 2.4 GHz is fine to use. The best bet is to just try it with your Wi-Fi router without changes, and if it is not reliable, try to set it up to work with 5 GHz-only. Be sure to follow all manufacturers' instructions.

This set up requires the following:

  • A Wi-Fi network with good coverage near your MicroConsole
  • 1 x Wireless Bridge

Wireless Bridge 

Learn more about wireless (Wi-Fi) performance and setup.

Network Bridges

We tested a number of popular devices for compatibility with the OnLive Game System. Explore these options and find a solution that is best for you.

Powerline Adapter

The following models were tested and are known to be compatible:

Wireless Bridge

The following models were tested and are known to be compatible:

See Routers for a list of tested routers.

Coax Bridge

The following models were tested and are known to be compatible:

See Routers for a list of tested routers.

Routers

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