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Old 06-09-2006, 01:32 AM
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HI there...I have a work laptop that is not wireless enabled for security concerns and I work from home. However, I do not have sensitive information on my computer, so I would like to use it in my living room, but the router is in the bedroom. Is it possible for me to somehow configure my wireless personal laptop to receive the wireless signal and then for me to plug in my work laptop to my personal one so that I can use my work laptop in my living room. Or do I just have to have it plugged into the router at all times? Thanks!
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Old 06-09-2006, 01:43 AM
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What OS is on your personal laptop?

In Windows XP go to the Network Connections icon in Control Panel, select the wireless and Ethernet connections, right-click and select Bridge Connections. The laptop will now pass traffic between its wireless and Ethernet interfaces.

Make sure you disable or appropriately configure any firewalls you are running for this to work properly.
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Old 06-09-2006, 01:48 AM
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My personal laptop is XP. The work computer is XP professional.
I will try that - thanks!!!
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Old 06-09-2006, 01:54 AM
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Ok I tried that, and it said...'To create a network bridge, you must select at least 2 LAN or High-speed internet connections that are not being used by Internet Connection Sharing'

I went to 'Control Panel' of my personal laptop bc I dont see it on my work laptop. The 2 laptops were connected thru an ethernet cable when i tried this.
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Old 06-09-2006, 02:07 AM
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Sorry I get it now...I am supposed to pick from the ethernet and wireless connections...but it doesnt recognize the ethernet connection. It is simply plugged into the back of my laptop thats it
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The instructions above were for your personal laptop, then you just connect the two laptops togather via a crossover cable. You will need to have both the Ethernet and wireless connection selected at the same time (use the Ctrl key) when creating the bridge. Sorry I didn't explain that well before
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Old 01-11-2009, 02:14 AM
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The answer is yes. Connect your computer (non-wireless) to you laptop (wireless) via a cross over cable. You can make your own. See: Ethernet crossover cable - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia or cross over cable - Google Image Search. Then configure you laptop to share it's internet connection. See Sharon Crawfords article: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u..._02july01.mspx
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Old 01-11-2009, 02:16 AM
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BTW when you do this you don't have to create a bridge.
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Old 03-19-2009, 06:35 PM
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Default Can I use an ethernet switch instead of a crossover cable

I would also like to connect a spare computer to wireless internet through an existing computer that has both wireless and network card,

I have an unused Linksys 4 port switch, lots of standard ethernet cables and no crossover cable (plus I am cheap)

Can I just plug both computers into the 4 port switch via standard ethernet cable and accomplish the same thing (with proper OS configuration of course)

I am wondering if I can get around buying a crossover cable.
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Old 03-20-2009, 03:20 PM
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Of course you can only if you have a WNIC, best of luck.
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:31 PM
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hi
i have a same sort of problem i have a computer connected to the internet through wireless and i want to connect another computer to the internet through this one
i have bridged the LAN and wireless together and then attached a ethernet cable between them but it is not showing up anywhere
what am i doing wrong????
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:11 AM
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Is that signal even fast enough to be useful once you send it to other devices on your network?
plz inform me
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