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13 Jan 2010   #1

Network bridge issues.

Hello, Sevenforums!
I'm having trouble with my internet connection on my desktop (with Windows 7). My desktop is pretty far away from my router so I have this old wireless PCI card installed on it. But I realized that I can use my laptop (with Vista) with a better wireless card (and overall better internet connection) as a network bridge to my desktop for a better connection (gaming, Youtube, etc.). It's worked out great for the past couple weeks that I've had my desktop back up and running, but now my desktop is showing that there is a local connection, but I cannot connect to the internet. I've restarted multiple times, reset the network bridge, reconnected to the internet entirely, and now the wireless card won't even connect to the internet anymore. Does anyone have any ideas?

Any help is much appreciated.

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13 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7

I assume you used ICS on Vista to give internet access to the desktop? It is most likely just a small configuration to get your back up and going.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

It sounds like you might need to have ICS enabled to share that bridged connection. I'm sure you checked here already?

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13 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

hi trbewick, how have you setup your desktop Windows 7 to connect to the home network? If you want to use the laptop (which i assume has wireless working and internet access) to bridge the connections between, the desktop has to be connected to it. If you use cable, the instructions are in my sig. If you are using wireless for the desktop also, you need to first find a way to get ont he same network is the laptop. I canot remember enabling ICS during the time i made my tut in the sig though.
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14 Jan 2010   #5


Hey guys, sorry for the late response. I have had ICS enabled already, and there's nothing. Last night I was messing around with settings and it worked after around 3 hours of tinkering.

But I turned on my computer and it wasn't working.
I'm going to try your tutorial in a few seconds here, I'll post the results when I'm finished.
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14 Jan 2010   #6


Ok aem, I've done everything in your tutorial up until step 7. When I attempt to bridge the connection, there's a network error. Is this normal? Do I continue with the next step, or did I do something wrong? Thanks
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14 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

What did the error said?
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14 Jan 2010   #8


Huh, I just tried it again and there was no error... So I guess I'll just keep going.
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14 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

Make sure you select the correct connections to bridge. The highlights in step 7 is not the correct two connections.
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14 Jan 2010   #10


Well anyway, did the final step and it didn't connect, but I restarted and it works fine thanks!
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