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#1 10 years ago

OK so here's my issue.

I'm at home.

There are 3 working computers here.

-the family computer, in the den, connected to the internet (cable) -my laptop, connected to the net through WiFi -The old desktop, in my room, with no easy way of connecting to the net.

So, is it possible to hook the old desktop up to my laptop with an ethernet cable and connect to the net through my laptop's WiFi?

I don't know a lot about networking, so please tell me if it's possible or if I'm being stupid.




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#2 10 years ago

'[WDWMegaraptor;4343303']OK so here's my issue.

I'm at home.

There are 3 working computers here.

-the family computer, in the den, connected to the internet (cable) -my laptop, connected to the net through WiFi -The old desktop, in my room, with no easy way of connecting to the net.

So, is it possible to hook the old desktop up to my laptop with an ethernet cable and connect to the net through my laptop's WiFi?

I don't know a lot about networking, so please tell me if it's possible or if I'm being stupid.

Yes is possible. Your laptop will function as internet gateway. This function should be somewhere in the setting up network wizard in Win XP or vista. Good luck.




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#3 10 years ago

Try a router or an PCI(PCI-E, I don't know, whatever is and fits best in your computer) wifi card, but the router is the best idea; most have 4 slots and wifi anteni. That is all.




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#4 10 years ago

Youre asking about Internet Connection Sharing, see here. Description of Internet Connection Sharing in Windows XP One of the other endless things Im doing is mostly around finding solutions for our remote users and anything telecom. Remote officephone systems and voice over IP, cellular and Blackberry services. I work for a Security Gurad company and we have tons of sites out there. Some are required to have a beefier connection. Ive set up VPN through SNAP, DSL, Cable, hell even dial-up!!! STILL! But it is a very sheap solution for these sites. $8 a month for us. However, we are finding that using aircards are becoming quite cost effective for some sites who may be too tough to get wired, plus they are contracted so we may not be there a year later, its very complicated trying to get it right. With aircards for laptops, its great, however, We are starting to see the USB variety which will work with desktops. Im sure you can get yourself a USB WIFI adapter. Those aircards will do WIFI connections as well as WWAN (Wireless Wide Area Network). All that talk for nothing, here you go... God forbid... anyone opening their PC's anymore!!! CDW Product Overview: IOGEAR WiFi 54g USB Adapter




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#5 10 years ago

Thanks guys. I ran the network setup, but all I get is "limited or no connectivity" and no internet connection on my desktop.

Basically I can't get the PC to connect to the network I set up on my laptop. Instead it creates its own network.




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#6 10 years ago
'[WDWMegaraptor;4343303']There are 3 working computers here. -the family computer, in the den, connected to the internet (cable) -my laptop, connected to the net through WiFi -The old desktop, in my room, with no easy way of connecting to the net. So, is it possible to hook the old desktop up to my laptop with an ethernet cable and connect to the net through my laptop's WiFi?

As others already posted, it's entirely possible. Anyway, if your laptop is sharing the same internet connection as the family computer it's probably easier and better (but slightly more expensive) to get a USB WiFi adapter for the old desktop.




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#7 10 years ago

Instead of setting up ICS on the Laptop you could also bridge the WLAN and Ethernet Port. Simply activate it with a rightclick on the devices in the network properties. That way your Laptop has just on virtual Network Device that gets its IP from your Cable Router via Wlan and all data from your old desktop will be simply passed from the ethernet to wlan and back by the Laptop. Oh, but this might only work with XP Professional, not with XP Home I fear.




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#8 10 years ago
Mayhemic.MAD;4344483Instead of setting up ICS on the Laptop you could also bridge the WLAN and Ethernet Port. Simply activate it with a rightclick on the devices in the network properties. That way your Laptop has just on virtual Network Device that gets its IP from your Cable Router via Wlan and all data from your old desktop will be simply passed from the ethernet to wlan and back by the Laptop. Oh, but this might only work with XP Professional, not with XP Home I fear.

That's basically what I was trying to do. Issue being that my laptop runs XP Professional while my desktop runs XP Home and our main computer runs Vista:uhm: