Even in 2014, some internet-capable devices lack built-in wifi. Some manufacturers offer external wifi dongles that connect to proprietary ports – but these devices typically cost a fortune. Some devices work with standard USB wifi adapters – and for some, the old-fashioned cable is the only option.
Enter Yamaha’s YWA-10 wireless adapter. A neat little box designed for use with Yamaha products that connects to your existing wifi network and offers 2 ethernet ports for devices that lack built-in wifi. I initially received this unit for review with the Yamaha MCR-N560, but it turned out to be such a useful device that I decided to give it a mini review of its own.
Essentially acting as a wireless network bridge, the YWA-10 connects to your existing network and provides 2 ethernet ports to connect your devices. Power is via USB, designed to be powered via the USB jacks on the rear of Yamaha’s network-capable products. It can be powered, however, from a computer (as described in the manual) or other USB devices which provide power.
The device can be configured in a couple of different ways – if your router supports WPS, the WPS button on the device can be used to setup all the necessary settings and get you up and running.
If your router has no such function, the device provides a web management interface that can be accessed by connecting the device directly to a computer and entering ‘ywa-setup’ or ‘192.168.1.249’ in the address bar of your browser. The interface resembles that of any standard router, and provides many similar functions including status reporting, firmware upgrade, etc.
Once setup, it’s simply a matter of hooking the device up to power in your AV rack, and connecting ethernet cables from your devices. The unit provides 2 ethernet jacks, so you can connect, for example, a streamer and an AV receiver.
In use, I experienced no dropouts. The connection, both ethernet and wifi, remained solid throughout. The unit remained cool to the touch, and the tiny size made it easy to hide away behind the hi-fi.
At this point, you may be asking yourself ‘Self, why don’t I just opt for a standard network bridge’? Sure, you could do that – and get the same results. The YWA-10 is, essentially, just that – a network bridge. But cheaper network bridges, or even basic routers, tend to be fairly large in size, and covered in flashy lights – not something you want on your kit rack. The Yamaha is tiny, easy to hide, and gets the job done. It’s reliable, too – something that certainly cannot be said for some of the cheaper routers on the market.
If you have a Yamaha system, it’s a no-brainer. Pick one up. And, even if you don’t, providing you have a component that can provide USB power, it’s equally as good.
ywa-10 is junk. drops connection constantly. replacd mine with a netgear wnce2001 wireless bridge bought cheap on ebay and all problems and frustrations went away.
avoid ywa-10 like the plague. google,ywa-10 problems and see how rampant the negative experiemces are.
Interesting feedback, I never experienced any such issues when testing. Of course any wireless range extender will work, and there is certainly plenty of choice.
I have rx-v377 and was planning to use yma10 adapter for streaming music from my phone. The thing is that i hate seperately powering receiver and changing input. So i was wondering if i were to buy this adapter, would i be able to power receiver from yamaha av controller app?
I believe the AV receivers can be powered on via the app, though I’m not 100% sure. Have you tried connecting up the receiver via ethernet and testing the app that way?
I actually decided on a Yamaha RX-V477 and I have a WiFi router, but it’s on the other side of the house from where my stereo is set up. My heart sank a little when I got the RX-V477 and realized I need to plug an Ethernet capable into the back and it is not wireless capable. Running an Ethernet cable to the other side of the house is not possible. Looking on Yamaha’s website for the YMA-10 Wireless Network Adapter, I do not see the RX-V477 receiver as one of the compatible models that the YMA-10 will work with.
Do you know if this wireless adapter will work with this model receiver? Or is there an alternative adapter that would work? Thanks.
The YWA-10 wireless adapter will work just fine with your RX-V477. It connects to the USB DC out and ethernet jacks on the back of the receiver. It’s listed as a supported accessory on the Yamaha website. Hope this helps 🙂
i am planning to buy yamaha rx-v 477 and at my home i am using wifi router using windows 7. my question is can i play music through my Android dlan supported phone. pleases help me.
Yes, that combination will work great together. You can also use the Yamaha AV controller app to stream music directly from your android device to the RX-V477.