Internet from Vista laptop thro XP network

February 13, 2011 at 00:38:57
Specs: Windows Vista
I am having internet connected to my Desktop with Win XP. Internet mode is Wireless Data Card that can be inserted into USB port.
Now I have a laptop with Windows Vista Home Premium. I was able to connect both of them using ethernet cross over cable and successfully enabled file sharing through Local Area Network.
But I want to access Internet from the laptop. Is it possible?

FYI, when I typed ipconfig in cmd prompt in desktop,
PPP adapter High Speed Data:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

This is the internet ip I guess... And for File sharing I have enabled Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) in Win XP with ipaddress as
And for Vista , I have IPv4 with ipadress as

Please let me know if you need any more questions. Thanks in advance.

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February 13, 2011 at 06:48:28
Does the desktop currently access the internet? And where did those ipconfig numbers come from?

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February 16, 2011 at 09:13:21
Yes desktop has internet access. And this ip number is my internet connection ip. I need to access internet from my laptop.

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February 16, 2011 at 09:39:47
There are a couple of ways to do this. First, you can enable Internet connection sharing on the XP machine. Then the laptop will connect through the xp machine.

But it's better to use a router to create an gateway for a LAN. Then everything on the lan can connect directly and independently to the Net, wirelessly if you desire, and you will still be able to set up file sharing. And the router provides good security.

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