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Windows 7: Internet Connection Sharing with XP machine

20 Feb 2010   #1

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Internet Connection Sharing with XP machine

I have a client that has an existing XP desktop which is using a Verizon Wireless broadband device for an internet connetion (no other broadband available in the area). So he simply connects to it wirelessly and he gets his internet.

Complication starts here. He just got a Windows 7 laptop and needs to share the internet connection of the Verizon device. Only problem is that the laptop is out of range of the verizon device. So, we have a Linksys wireless router that is connected to the XP machine and gives us the range we need to reach the laptop.

My trouble is that I can't get any sort of connection between the two computers. They are on the same workgroup and I have enabled everything in the sharing options on the Windows 7 machine. My goal is to have the Windows 7 laptop connect to the XP machine and share the internet connection and printer and files etc...

Here is a diagram of the situation. I've had one person tell me he doesn't think it's possible. But I bet there is a way.

Any help would be appreciated!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

Going purely by the pic, wouldn't it work better if you cable the Linksys to the VZW device? then have both Windows 7 and XP connect to the Linksys wireless for internet and sharing?

Anyway, can you provide ipconfig /all details for the Windows 7 and XP machine, this might help paint a picture of why you cannot connect from Windows 7 to XP.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7

The VZW device is strictly wireless only. The only plug is for a power cord to charge it. All it is, really, is a modified 3g cell phone that wireless devices connect to get internet. I'll work on getting you the IP configs. My client won't be back around till monday.

Right now the IPs might be setup in a fashion that would allow ICS because I thought that might be necessary. But the network configuration file created by the XP machine didn't appear to work on the 7 machine.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

21 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

Ok so lets work with the diagram. I would think, the Linksys router will need to be setup using static IP (becos the XP machine isn't a DHCP so i don't think you can configure DHCP for for it). To do that, get ipconfig details of your XP machine. You will need working IPs for Default Gateway, DNS servers IPs for the router.
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