Problems sharing Internet between 2 Win7 PCs

November 25, 2011 at 02:28:17
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Dual Core/4GB
I try to temporarily share the Internet connection on my laptop with a desktop. Both are Windows 7 system. The laptop is connected to a router wirelessly where the Internet comes in. A crossover cable is connected between the laptop and the desktop. The wireless connection on the laptop has been set to share the Internet with the wired connection.

When both computers are started and connected, I checked both computers with ipconfig. In both cases the Ethernet connection has an Autoconfiguration IPv4 Address and a Subnet Mask but there is no Default Gateway. So certainly the ICS does not work.

I've got it working for once. I have supposed this should be a very simple task, but somehow I must have missed something very basic.

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November 25, 2011 at 07:15:12
"I must have missed something very basic"

yes, you did. When you have a router there is no need to set up ICS. Just connect BOTH laptop and desktop to the same router either wirelessly or with ethernet cable.
You do not need to connect the desktop to the laptop.

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November 25, 2011 at 16:20:23
I do have a router to which I connect my laptop wirelessly.

However, at present owing to some circumstances wired connection is not possible. The distance is too far and there are obstacles in between. The router is not movable as it is connected to some fixed terminal from outside the building. Since such situation is not permanent I do not want to re-arrange the network to fit in with the current circumstances.

I have just tried with other wireless laptops, Windows 7 Ultimate and XP Home, and both worked fine. So there is something peculiar to my work laptop which is Windows 7 Professional and which does not work in such scenario.

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