Connect computer to internet through another

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February 5, 2010 at 04:16:21
Specs: Windows XP SP3 & Windows Vista SP2, 4 gb ddr2
I want to setup a connection between my desktop which is running windows XP to my laptop running vista to use the internet on the XP computer.

The laptop is connected to my wireless router via a wireless connection and i want to connect my desktop to my laptop via normal Ethernet cable so the desktop can connect to the internet though the laptop.

Is this possible? If so how? any guides are helpful :)

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February 5, 2010 at 04:27:52
It is possible using Internet Connection Sharing. But why? Sharing the Internet through a wireless connection is going to be problematic as the best of times.

As you have a wireless router it would be far more reliable and a lot simpler to connect the desktop directly to the router the same as the laptop even if it means installing a wireless network card in the desktop. Most if not all wireless routers have a built-in switch with four Ethernet ports which can be used to connect directly by cable. This would be the best solution.

What is the model number of this router?


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February 5, 2010 at 04:47:11
Thnx for the reply, the reason i want to connect through this laptop is because i have my router the BiPAC 7401VGP right next to my desktop but i connect the ethernet cable any of the 4 ports in the router and the internet does not work, it just say's "Network cable is unplugged".

Maybe it would be easier to fix the original problem of not being able to connect the desktop to the router via Ethernet cable. I would definately prefer not to have to buy a wireless card for the desktop.

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February 5, 2010 at 05:29:47
I would try and solve the original problem. "Network cable is unplugged" suggests to me a faulty cable.

Try another cable and make sure it is the correct type. A straight through patch cable and not a crossover cable.


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