Accessing internet on PC via laptop

February 8, 2009 at 09:31:56
Specs: Windows XP
I have an ATT internet card for my laptop. Laptop runs on XP. I want to access internet from my desktop running on Vista, using a wireless router. Is this possible?

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#1
February 8, 2009 at 10:08:56
Yeah, but kinda complicated. First, are both computers going to connect wirelessly to the router? ...or if just one, then which one?

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#2
February 8, 2009 at 10:18:08
whatever way is more effective. I use my laptop for work outside of the home with the internet card. I am wanting to eventually discontinue my cable internet at home and only pay for and use the one.

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#3
February 8, 2009 at 11:06:57
Easiest and most effective way for now would be to turn off DHCP on the router and use cables to connect the laptop and PC to the LAN ports of the router (not the WAN port). This essentially dummies down the use of the router so it's really only acting like a hub.

Then on the laptop go to the Network Connections window where you see the icons for your network adapters, right click on the ATT adapter and choose properties, then under Advanced enable Internet Connection Sharing. If a drop box exists under "Home Networking Connection", choose your Local Area Connection or Ethernet port and apply the changes.

Here is a link with more info on enabling Internet Connection sharing...
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306126

What this does is to enable your laptop to share the ATT internet connection through the LAN port to the desktop. Your laptop becomes the Internet router. Get that working, then you can try connecting wirelessly to the router instead to give your laptop more mobiltiy (and the Internet Connection Sharing should still work, but you'll need to change the drop down selection on the Laptop to the Wireless Adapter).

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#4
February 8, 2009 at 16:41:35
I give up... I am thinking my PC is trying to use my cable settings, which have been disconnected. That, or my ATT card is using dial up (as it has a phone number it uses), or I have absolutely NO idea what I am doing. I did have my 15 year old brainiac son also try, and he thinks we can get them connected, but not enough strength to view internet....suggestions?

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#5
February 8, 2009 at 18:15:25
PC IP settings should be set to DHCP (or Obtain Automatically). You may have to do a right click and repair on the network icon on the PC after the laptop is connected to the network.

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#6
February 8, 2009 at 18:31:46
I think the first responder has completely misinterpreted what you are trying to achieve.

As I see it you are getting internet into the laptop via that ATT wireless adaptor. This is the internet you wish to share with your desktop system. If your laptop has a separate wireless NIC as well as one in your desktop then you should be able to create an Ad-Hoc network between the two and enable ICS in the laptop. No router required.

What kind of port does the ATT device use? USB? Does the laptop have a separate network card with RJ45 port? If so then connect from that to the desktop system using a crossover cable and once again enable ICS in the laptop. In either case you do not need a router.

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#7
February 8, 2009 at 18:39:10
It is not a USB card. And not to sound stupid, but how do I know if it has a seperate network card with RJ45 port in my laptop?

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#8
February 8, 2009 at 18:53:22
Based on what she's said and information given, I don't believe I have misinterpreted what she has said. I understand what she is trying to do as you have expressed in your question. I could have asked her to use a crossover cable, but crossover cables are not as available and straight cables, and I predicated she would eventually want to have her laptop wirelessly connected to her home network, so I proposed a course of action that I believed to be simplest with the option to minimally adjust it later. Ad-hoc network might work, but that's a little complicated for novice users.

If she has any questions beyond that, she seemed intelligent enough to ask them, as demonstrated above.

A network (RJ45) port in your laptop is pretty standard. It's like an oversized phone jack. (But never plug a phone line in the network port.)

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#9
February 8, 2009 at 18:53:54
OK. Sounds like the ATT device is a PCMCIA card. What model laptop? Do you have a manual for it? Is a Network Adaptor ( Other than the ATT device) listed in Device Manager?

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#10
February 8, 2009 at 19:00:57
my laptop is an HP Pavilion dv 1000 (does that sound right?) and no idea where manuals are.

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#11
February 8, 2009 at 19:16:56
My desktop is a Gateway GM5472 using Vista. My son has an external antaena on the back of his PC he used to access wireless internet from our router, I believe. I don't think my PC has a wireless setting...it only offers Broadband or Dial up for making an internet connection. I could be wrong though...

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#12
February 8, 2009 at 19:43:28
Did you try hooking it up the way I suggested? Were you able to understand it?

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#13
February 8, 2009 at 20:03:19
Tried. Couldnt figure out how to turn off DHCP...someone else suggested changing IP address...I think what is happening is my PC is using the settings for my old cable connection to try and access the internet...That ot the fact that my ATT card uses dial up?

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#14
February 8, 2009 at 20:59:45
THANK YOU! After almost 12 hours of working on this, my 15 year old finally sat down and figured it out for me! BUT, I learned A LOT...thanks guys!

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#15
February 8, 2009 at 21:18:27
Good to hear.

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#16
March 16, 2009 at 12:20:12
Hello,
I am trying to do something similar. Can somebody help with clear steps to do (thanks for your time)

My husband and I have Dell laptops. We have a ATT laptop connect card. But as we are not able to connect to internet at the same time , I want to know if I can share internet connection from my laptop ( into which the PC card is inserted) to my husband's laptop ?

1. should i buy a wireless router ? any suggestions for a cheap and good one?

I really like the mobility of the wireless card , but when at home , we would like to access internet at both our systems.

Please please please help :)


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