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Windows 7: Win 7 & XP: sharing Internet and files


13 Dec 2009   #1

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Win 7 & XP: sharing Internet and files

I want to share Internet connection and files on two computers: one with Windows 7 (main) other with XP SP3. The connection is splitted with a switch: http://www.ipix.lt/images/36682673.jpg
Everything is connected, I also tried configuring, (files sharing enabled, conection sharing also enabled) but still can't get Internet working on the second PC (on first it's working as it should) and can't share files and see computers on both.
What can I do? What exactly needs to be done to share Internet and files?

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13 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1 (Build 6.1.7601)
 
 

Use this for file sharing: How to make Windows 7 work with older Windows versions for networking and file sharing. as for internet sharing go into the command prompt and type /ipconfig release then type /ipconfig renew
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13 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 & 8 64-bit, Mac OSX 10.8.2
 
 

You cannot use a simple Network Switch to connect two computers simultaneously to the internet - you need to use a Router.

This is because every computer connected to the internet must have a unique IP address, but the ISP only allocates one IP address. This means that only the first computer to connect will get an IP address and get online. When you use a Router, it [the router] gets the single IP address and, in turn, allocates addresses to the computers connected to it, using one of the address ranges reserved for Local Area Networks, most commonly 192.168.x.x addresses. The Router then "routes" the internet traffic to the appropriate computer in the Local Area Network.
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14 Dec 2009   #4

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

OK, I see that I need a router.
But with switch, it's possible to connect to internet on the same time just from one (doesn't matter which) computer? Or just from the main computer?
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14 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 & 8 64-bit, Mac OSX 10.8.2
 
 

If both computers are connected to the network switch (which is also connected to the modem), the first one that you boot should get an IP address and get online. The second one will probably get a 169.254.x.x APIPA address (Automatic Private IP Addressing) allocated by Windows.

Having said that, with Cable Modems in the UK, when swapping the connection between computers, the Modem has to be switched off for several minutes so that it loses the association between the existing connection (recognised by the network adapter's MAC address) and the IP address it has allocated to it. A new connection is then found and a different IP address allocated. I don't know whether this will be relevant to your situation.
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15 Dec 2009   #6
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

You don't need a switch to share internet. The easiest and fastest way I know for two or more machines to get net access at home is to have a wireless network setup (if you are still working with wires, than stop and start using wireless). And have all your machines connected to this network wirelessly. If you have a desktop, and don't have wireless capabilty, wired her up with one of the ports on the router. Allow for auto detect IPs and you're laughing.
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15 Dec 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1 (Build 6.1.7601)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aem View Post
You don't need a switch to share internet. The easiest and fastest way I know for two or more machines to get net access at home is to have a wireless network setup (if you are still working with wires, than stop and start using wireless). And have all your machines connected to this network wirelessly. If you have a desktop, and don't have wireless capabilty, wired her up with one of the ports on the router. Allow for auto detect IPs and you're laughing.
Wireless is not the answer for everyone man what if he is a gamer you cant play games on wireless your ping just jumps too much.
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15 Dec 2009   #8
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

According to the original post, nothing wrong with going wireless. As for playing games, i don't play games but if you were to play games "over" the internet, i can't see how a good wireless connection wouldnt do it. If you mean other types of games that you play over a physical network, that's different all together.
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15 Dec 2009   #9

Windows 7 & 8 64-bit, Mac OSX 10.8.2
 
 

To go "wireless" does still require the use of a Router. That's the essential item that's preventing the original poster from connecting multiple computers to the internet simultaneously.

The alternative, of course, is to connect one (Host) PC to the internet and run "Internet Connection Sharing" to provide access to the second (Client) PC.
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15 Dec 2009   #10
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

IP --- > Modem--> wireless router (e.g Linksys WRT54G) ----> laptops/desktop (with wireless card).

The wireless router functions as a means to broadcast your wireless network. If you don't want to get one, you might need to get a modem that has built-in wireless router (same concept just that the modem has the router feature which does the broadcasting).
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