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Windows 7: Connecting to a wifi network via ethernet


06 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Connecting to a wifi network via ethernet

I'm trying to connect my desktop, whose wifi mysteriously stopped working, back into my wireless network. Having finally given up on doing it wirelessly, I was about to cave and go buy a long ethernet cable to connect to the router directly when I had a thought. Is it possible to connect my desktop to my laptop via an ethernet cable and then just piggyback off of my laptop, whose wireless connection does work?

I tried just plugging an ethernet cable in to the two computers, but that didn't work (and, in fact, screwed with my laptop's wireless, but that's another, already solved problem). I have no idea what other information you might need, so just ask.

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06 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I think what you have to do is go to the network and sharing center in Control Panel, click Adapter settings. Then highlight both adapters and right click. Select Bridge connections. I'm not sure if that does it or not. It's been a while since I've done something similar, but its worth a shot.
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06 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Petey7: Thanks, I tried that and got the error message:

"To create a Network Bridge, you must select at least two LAN or High-Speed Internet connections that are not being used by Internet Connection Sharing."
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07 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

did you select both at the same time? Click within that window and drag the mouse over the both connections, then right click and hit bridge connections.
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07 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Yes. Yes, I did.
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07 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Then your hardware might not allow you to.
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07 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Another way is to use Power Line adapters. I had lots of problems with my wi-fi in another room and went to Power Line and never looked back.

Newegg.com - Powerline, Powerline Adapter, Ethernet Bridge, USB Powerline Adapter, Powerline Networking Kit, Powerline Ethernet Adapter

Jim
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07 Aug 2010   #8

 
 

turn off ics before you try to bridge maybe? but i dont understand that you cannot just select the connection with the internet and right click on it and choose to share it with the other network adapter?
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09 Aug 2010   #9

Windows 7
 
 

Frankly, because I was clicking on the wrong connection. Issue solved. Thank you.
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09 Aug 2010   #10

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I'm glad to hear you figured it out.
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