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convert ethernet port on laptop to wireless ethernet bridge

Question: convert ethernet port on laptop to wireless ethernet bridge

if its even possible. I have a laptop with wifi and it also has a ethernet port on it, could I be connected to the internet via wifi and then send that internet out of the laptop's ethernet port to another device to give that device internet?

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Answer: convert ethernet port on laptop to wireless ethernet bridge

yeah, it's called Internet Connection Sharing if you're running windows.
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Is it possible to connect my Xbox to my laptop via ethernet, connect my laptop to a wireless access point, and somehow bridge the connections so that I can indirectly connect my Xbox to the internet? I know that I can buy a wireless to ethernet bridge from DLink or Linksys, but at the moment that isn't possible. My laptop is currently connected to the internet wirelessly (no hardwire where i am) and I tried to connect the ethernet cable from the laptop to my Xbox, enable the connection, and bridge it with the wireless connection, but my Xbox is receiving no signal through the cable. Please help Thanks

Answer:Using laptop as a bridge between ethernet and wireless

You could try using ICS on the laptop, but it's an ugly kludge.

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My laptop has wireless and an 10/100 ethernet port. I want to connect the 10/100 port to my XBox and use it to supply internet connection. Can this be done (running WinXP)?

Answer:Anyway I can turn my laptop into a wireless ethernet bridge for Xbox 360?

I suppose you could but, why? Go buy a basic wireless linksys or d-link router that will do the job much easier with less fustration. Or go one better, do straight ethernet to the 360. Wireless is for road warriors and coffee web surfers, not for lag free gaming.

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Hi! My father has a wired ip camera in his shop for security (which incidentally is in wireless range of my flat). I have suggested that he ditch his broadband connection because the camera is the only thing that uses it and that I could connect his camera to my wlan. Am I right in thinking that a wireless ethernet bridge would be the solution? I have a Netgear dg834gt as my modem/router.If a bridge is the answer would this product suffice?click hereI would like to stick to netgear for compatibility issues.

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I am unhappy with my current wireless network. i am useing a Belkin 54g Wireless Router, with a MSI USB Network adapter. I only have one computer at this time that is wireless, but I plan on adding a Xbox360 soon that will need to be run Wireless. My signal really fluctuates and I get random drops. I was thinking that if I get a Wireless Ethernet Bridge I could move It alot closer to the wireless router giving me better signal and less signal droppage. I was thinking of getting the Linksys WET54G but I am not 100% sure if this will help or do what I want it to, if i understand correctly I can hook it up to a network switch and all the computers/Xbox360 hooked up to the switch can use the Bridge, is this correct?

Answer:Should I get a Wireless Ethernet Bridge?

Provided you have a means of assigning IP to the devices, yes it should work.

A more cost effective and flexible method would be a wireless router (one that could be modded a-la WRT54G series et al) and mod it with a 3rd party firmware would give better results. This is what I did. I have 1 wireless AP connected to my LAN and for extra devices where I didnt want, or could not run cable, I use a WRT54GS modded with DD-WRT firmware and use the WRT to act as either a wireless client on my existing 802.11x network or use it as a WDS node if I want extended wireless coverage in a certain part of my home. The 802.11x network is acting as an AP where my IP assignments are handled via my linux box router.

The only reason I suggest a router instead of that bridge is the cost. Even out of the box, I believe you can make the latest version of the WRT54G's act as a wireless client and they are under $50 new versus this $90 piece of hardware which I think is a bit more limited functionally.

BOTH will accomplish what you want to do. The router method takes more work, but you will get more functionality (built-in switch, better radio) but the bridge is simpler.

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i have had a bad relationship with at&t i'm getting really tired of it so i had the idea of getting verison, unforunetly they don't offer any service where i live, i saw an ad for verison broadband network, that comes with a netbook. i had the idea of getting that deal, and pay $30 a month rather than $100 for this crappy At&t connection. i though that i could could uplink/bridge the broadband and ethernet internet into our houses Ethernet/wireless router. i have been working on it with my computer, this is my set up. i have my wireless pc connected to the router. i have an ethernet port on the back, witch i have connected to another wireless wrouter, were a laptop then connects to that router, i know that sometimes the router won't uplink the signal, i have a fios router that has a WLAN connection aside from the Coaxe connection. both should allow incomming connections. so give me some guidence, i'll take anything. thanks for all your help, thank you.


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What would be my best bet for a Wireless Ethernet Bridge? Where I can connect it to a wireless network then connect multiple wired clients up. I've purchased wireless bridges before but I understand that many Access Point/Routers can now be configured to act as a bridge? Many dedicated bridges are pretty pricey so this seems like a good route. The bridge will need to be fairly robust however as a lot of traffic will flow over it, so I'd like to hear from anyone who has successfully used a bridge like this with a fair amount of traffic.

I'm looking to basically connect two houses together onto one large network via a wireless bridge. Currently I have a client station connected to the other house and that client then has ICS running. I've had some success bridging the wireless and wired adapters to try to create more of a true bridge and allow 2-way regular network traffic but that disables the wireless controls on the wireless adapter. I would like a simpler hardware solution anyway.

Answer:What is my best bet for a Wireless Ethernet Bridge?

I have used the Ubiquiti products at several locations to do what you describe... Low cost, designed to be used outdoors & robust! Available in 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz as well..

I have not used their new MIMO product yet, but it could be better if you need more bandwidth..


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I'm not entirely sure if an Ethernet Bridge is what I think it is.

For example: Linksys WET54G Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge

In a house with 3 laptops, a desktop, 2 wireless consoles, all in different rooms and 1 router.

If I buy a Linksys (or any) Ethernet Bridge, and run an Ethernet cable from my PS3 to the Ethernet Bridge, would I get a:

- better than wireless connection? (Like LAN perhaps?)


- a connection similar to a wireless connection even though an Ethernet cable is running from the bridge

What I'm asking is, does the Ethernet cable running through the bridge get me a better connection? Almost as if I was running the cable from the router to PS3.

Answer:Wireless Ethernet Bridge

What I'm asking is, does the Ethernet cable running through the bridge get me a better connection? Almost as if I was running the cable from the router to PS3.Click to expand...

No. It's still wireless based on the same technology (if you go with an 802.11g bridge), so you're going to be constrained by signal quality and the protocol itself either way. However you can use it to improve things if you use a newer 802.11n bridge (and AP) than the radio inside your PS3.

It's still wireless though and you may still have throughput issues if there's any sort of interference or congestion in the band.

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I'm thinking about putting up a wireless connection between my office and my house (1/3 mile, decent LOS, roof access on both) to share internet connectivity, files, work from home, remote administration, etc.

I know I can do it pretty easily with 802.11a/b/g, but I was hoping to be able to get better speeds than that. I've seen whitepapers on optical wireless solutions that can do up to 1.25Gbps, but I can't seem to find anywhere to buy them, and even if I could, I imagine they would be cost prohibitive.

Running fiber or cable isn't an option, because it would have to go under a US highway, and across quite a few properties, few of which would be willing to allow trenching. I suppose if I have to settle for g speeds, I can. I was just hoping for better, if possible.

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Wireless bridge w/ethernet speed?

If you don't want to use 802.11 your looking at the 10's to hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on the solution. Western Multiplex have dual radio bridge (so full duplex wireless) of varying speed steps. 10, 100, all the way up to 480Mb. I think the 10Mb is in the 3-5k range. Even enterprise 802.11g bridging gear is going to be 1000+ per side, when you factor in masts/brackets, lightening arrestors with the coax run, directional antennas etc...

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I'm looking for a multiport wireless n bridge for my home setup - includes tv, receiver, xbox, and maybe ps3 if I want to jump to n.

So far, I see these options:

Apple Airport Extreme (too expensive for my tastes though)

Buffalo WLI-TX4-AG300N -

D-Link DAP1522 Extreme -

Other options:
Any wireless n routers that have a bridge mode (?)
Flash n router with dd-wrt (support seems to be lacking for most n routers except linksys)

Answer:Recommend Wireless N Ethernet Bridge

make your own with a cheap router and DD-WRT

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Is there a point for getting something like this ( ) and connecting it via ethernet compared to a standard USB adapter? My room is a floor up and on the opposite side of the house of where the router is located.

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I have two 54G routers. One is a DLink DI-624 that I'm using for routing and hooking up my main PCs. The other is a Belkin F5D7231-4 which I'm trying to use as a wireless bridge so that I could connect my Xbox and use the shared internet connection.

I'm not having any luck getting these two products to work with each other. The Belkin is the only one with the Bridging option and I still can't get it to work. Can this be done with these two products?

Answer:Wireless ethernet Bridge for Xbox

have you tried (or is it possible) to set one router in "Client" mode ? Have one router acting as client, the other acting as AP/Router. On the client router, disable DHCP and let the AP/Router handle all the higher level network stuff.

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I'm looking at the linksys WET54G

its kinda expensive at $80. is there something cheaper I can get? I want to hook up my tv which only has an ethernet port to my 102.11g linksys WRT54G router. The tv and router are at each end of the house. the wireless range on the router reaches far enough. I know because I can use my iphone's wifi where the tv is.

btw: I'm not sure if wireless eithernet bridge is the correct term.

Answer:wireless ethernet bridge options?

get a router that can be flashed with DD-WRT

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Alright, I'm having a problem here. I've just got a D-Link Ethernet-to-Wierless Bridge DWL-810+. Apparently I'm not setting this up right. I want it to use my Linksys switch (EZXS55W) so I can get multiple computers online without needing a wireless network adapter for each of them (this includes my Xbox). Oh, btw, I'm using a D-link Wireless Router (DI-614+) which is where my cable modem is hooked up to.

The Bridge works when I plug the bridge into a computer directly, I get internet access. I can ping the bridge and the router. However, when I plug it into the uplink (or any other port) on the switch and then plug my computer into the switch, my computer cannot get internet access. I can ping the bridge but not the router. The bridge's IP address is withing the scope of the DHCP server. My comps are set to dynamic IP address (I even tried static ones too). Are there specific network settings that I'm missing here? Help!

Answer:Problem with my Ethernet-to-Wireless Bridge.

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Okay. So my landlord provides me with internet via AP, he didn't feed a ethernet cable into my section of the house so unfortuneately, I have to live with what I get. so anyways, I want to connect my whole network up to it so I can interface with my computers as well as be on the internet. Got it all up and running, one problem though, the speed stability is not very good at all. speeds will drop off into the 20-30kb/s range and then boost back up into 6-10mb/s range. running Tomato on WRT54G and my antenna power is set to 120 (don't worry, San Fran weather and this thing is sitting on a window, however I'll prolly lower it since that might not be the problem)

The connection is much more stable when I'm just using my wireless NIC, is there something else I should be using?

anyone else experience this?

Answer:Wireless Ethernet Bridge, improving stability?

try a different wireless channel and a directional antenna. Or Powerline to Ethernet adapters.

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hey what's up guys.. i wanted to hook up my ps2 gamecube and xbox to my wireless network.. linksys makes a wireless bridge for $149 and a wireless gaming adapter for $99, however they both only have one ethernet-out port. So how would I split that one out port into 3 connections, would just a standard switch work?

Answer:wireless ethernet bridge for gaming consoles

Yes, you can have the different machines plugged into a switch/hub, and then the bridge plugged into that. This should work, HOWEVER, I'll assume you are behind NAT/firewall/router and you will need certain ports forwarded. As long as each machine is using different ports you should be OK.

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I am trying to get a wireless ethernet bridge WET54G to bridge two networks. It's working in a rudimentary way, but I am having trouble getting dynamic IP on both sides of the bridge.

At present, the config is ...

WAN -> wired router (DHCP server) "X" -> wireless switch "Y" -> { wireless connection } -> WET54G -> wired switch "Z"

I can readily communicate to the WET54G and to "Z" from clients connected to "X", any time, so the basic transmission/reception is working.

However, I have failed utterly in all configurations to get clients that connect to switch "Z" to receive IP addresses from the DHCP server. If I can't get this to work then the WET54G is going to be returned, since my need is to connect a locked-down corporate laptop to "Z", and it requires dynamic IP.

(I should clarify that "Y" and "Z" are actually both routers, but with DHCP disabled and connected only via LAN ports, so equivalent to switch. I should also say that I can connect clients to "Z" using static IP, and things work OK. But that doesn't meet my need.)

Can anyone suggest a config that would work?

Alternatively, if someone can tell me for sure that this *doesn't* work with the WET54G, that would be helpful. In that second case, if there *is* a device that will work, I'd love to know about it (e.g. will it work with a modded WRT54GL?).

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I have at my disposal an otherwise unused ActionTec GT704WG DSL Router. My broadband service is Cable. I'm wondering if the GT704WG can be used as a Wireless ethernet bridge (I have no deed for the DSL port.)

Pictorially, is something like this possible? If so, can someone recommend how to accomplish this?

(wired ethernet devices) <--> (GT704WG) <-802.11g->(existing router) <-->(cable modem)

Answer:ActionTec GT704WG as simple Ethernet to Wireless Bridge

Nope, it doesn't have that capability.

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My wireless router (D-link DI514) packed up resently and stopped sending out a signal for internet or to my wireless bridge so I had to buy another one. Bought a Belkin N Wireless Router on the advice of the shop assistant, seemed to know his stuff, plus it came with a USB wireless adapter which is handy. The USB adaptor is connected to the PC in my room allowing me to get on the Internet and the router downstairs connects other PC we have to Internet too. Since I used to have a D-link wireless router I also bought a D-link DWL 810+ ethernet adaptor/wireless bridge thing in my room which was allowing me to connect to Xbox Live before. Now since I have changed the wireless router to a different make, got a new one, what exactly do I have to do in order for the D-link DWL 810+ in my room to communicate with the new Belkin Router I bought in order for me to connect to Xbox live for online gaming? I imagine I have to change setitings on the new router but wouldn't know where to start. anyone got any advice, thank you.

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first time poster, think i'm computer-literate but always get burned by my over-confidence...

our system:
dsl modem ---> smc7004awbr barricade wireless router ---> winxp desktop
linksys wet11 wireless bridge--->ps2 (or xbox)

my son is trying to play madden 2k5 on ps2. somehow we can get to the internet but not to the madden game server. apparently there is an issue with trigger ports with our router and i cannot figure out what i'm supposed to put where in the router setup. i found all the port NUMBERs, but don't know where to enter them or what boxes to check.

also, we haven't been able to get the xbox to connect at all for halo.

any info sincerely appreciated.

Answer:wireless ethernet bridge, ps2, xbox, setup questions

well, i figured it out after one year of trying.
i reset the wireless ethernet bridge and reconfigured it.
i assigned it an IP address of (my router's range is .2.2 through .2.40) instead of letting it get the IP address automatically and assigned subnet mask
i gave it the same SSID name (default) and channel (6) as the router.
we plugged it in to the xbox upstairs.
on the xbox dashboard, we chose manual IP config.
we typed in the IP for the xbox as
we manually configured primary DNS as the same as the gateway IP ( in our case).
we manually entered our secondary DNS which we obtained from the "status" screen for our router.
that was it. it works great and nick is playing halo 2 online right now.
i still haven't gotten madden to work. if anyone knows about trigger ports on smc barricade 7004awbr routers, i'd love the info.


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I've had trouble connecting to my own internet and have no wireless. I'm using my neighbor's wireless and it's really slowing her's down.

I've tried restarting my laptop (it usually works) and then reinstalled the device under "device manager". It's not the cord, I've checked with my neighbor's laptop and it works fine.

I use a Sony Vaio VGN-NS140E with Windows Vista SP2. I'm not sure what other information to give.

Any suggestions welcome!

{ipconfig /all} This is while I only have an ethernet plugged in and no wifi connection.
Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : FairyHo
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection 2:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) WiFi Link 5100 AGN
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-21-5D-E2-19-50
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Marvell Yukon 88E8055 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Physical Address. . . . . . . .... Read more

Answer:Solved: Ethernet Port doesn't recognize ANY ethernet cord

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So a couples of days ago my computer lost connection a few times, but it got back up running without any problems, yesterday however I had huge problems browsing trough the internet and had problems connecting to pages several times, but downloading worked just fine, but today I'm not able to do anything, it keeps disconnecting and reconnecting, but when its connected the connection is so bad that I can't access a single site.
I know it must be something wrong with my computer, because I've tested two different cables in two different ports, and I know one of the cables must work since I have no problems connecting to the internet on my Xbox 360, and all the other computers in the house have no internet problems what so ever, including the wireless connection on my laptop, and I also run into the same connection problem even in safe mode.
I noticed that the light on my ethernet port is solid orange, but usually it is green, and I've tried to do a virus scan to check if that might be the problem, but I doubt it since I haven't accessed any pages I don't usually visit in a while and it didn't find any viruses.
I have had some problems with the ethernet port before, but nothing that was permanent, I have experienced that my computer has had connection problems while everyone else in the house have had no problems, but after waiting a bit it suddenly reconnects and has worked just fine for many many months, and I've only experienced this pr... Read more

Answer:I think my ethernet port is broken, might need internet/ethernet card.

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Stupid me...I was walking away from my Lenovo y570 and the ethernet cable got caught up around my leg, so I yanked it out of the PC. The metal thingy was busted so I pushed it back and put it in place with a pair of toothpicks. However, the ethernet cable goes out just enough to disconnect me. Can I buy only that metal part, if that's in fact the issue why my cable goes out just a little? I saw just a litle plastic thing that broke off too, is that the thing that keeps the cable locked (can I improvise and how)?My job is on the internet, so it brings the food on my table, please dear people, tell me if there's anything I can do? (HELP) 

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My ethernet port has been not been working for a few months. I go to my networks and there is no ethernet adapter listed...only a wireless adapter. Also, it does not show up in device manager. I reinstalled the driver and then restarted my computer. My ethernet port worked for a little bit, but when I used my computer the next day it did not work, and the ethernet adapter was no longer in device manager. Anyone know what's up?

Answer:Ethernet port won't recognize ethernet cable

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First let me say that I am pretty clueless regarding networking but I would like to set up a wireless network between my desktop PC (upstairs) and laptop downstairs.

My PC has no Ethernet port but does have several free USB ports. I am currently running a DSL modem that is USB and Ethernet capable to one of the USB ports. This PC is running Windows 98. My laptop has a PC card slot, an Ethernet and USB port, and runs Windows ME.

After much research, I assume I need 1) a wireless base station for upstairs, and 2) a wireless PC Card Adaptor for the laptop.

Do I need to install an Ethernet PCI adaptor for the base station or can I buy a wireless USB adaptor (I assume this allows Ethernet hardware to plug into a USB port????)

Also, when I check my Hardware in the System Properties menu, under Networking (in addition to my modem) I have listed a "Microsoft Virtual Private Networking Adaptor". What is this and do I need it to network (told you I was clueless!)?

One last minor question, I also have an Apple laptop. Would that network through the system too even though it is an Apple? (I am primarily interested in giving it the ability to use my modem). Would I need some sort of adaptor card for it too?

Have heard good things about Microsoft's products if anyone has any input there. But mainly, I just want to make sure I order the right things to make it all work! Thanks in advance for any assistance!

Answer:Is ethernet port required for wireless?

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Hello good people, i'm in sort of a specific situation. Before i had a basic cable modem which ran my dota 2 connection great, later i get upgraded and got this wireless router that also has ethernet ports to connect.
Now my connection is wired (to the router) but dota acts strangely, even though the ping is a bit smaller certain animations skip or just don't happen (which annoys me quite a lot) and every time i start dota my steam HAS to disconect for around 20 seconds and come back.
My question is can i change anything in the router settings to make this go away somehow?
The model of my router is : "Compal CBN CG6640"
I've read that i need to forward some ports or god knows what, but haven't seen how to do that exactly
Also steam sometimes randomly disconnects but the dota match just goes on like nothing happened
Thank you

Answer:Wireless router with ethernet port Steam

could someone please delete this post, i've made a mystake with the question and it is pointless
thank you

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is there always an ethernet port on laptops are any of the no's in this table saying that there is no ethernet port thx soz if a bit complicatedConnectors - USB Ports 3Connectors - FireWire (IEEE 1394) NoConnectors - Docking / Port Replicator NoConnectors - USB Type 2.0Display - DVI Out NoAudio - Line Out / Headphone Jack YesAudio - Line In / Microphone Jack YesTV - S-Video Out NoDisplay - VGA Out Yes

Answer:Ethernet port on every laptop

dont worry i found out he answer is yes i found it in the laptop description Ethernet Controller 10/100 Mbps

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I use a Dell Studio 17 and a ATT 3G PC card. Is the ethernet port for input only or for both
input and output.

Answer:Laptop Ethernet Port

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Hi all,

I am trying to connect a cnc machine to a PC (win 7) with no wires.

The machine has the capability to see files on the PC when hard wired with an Ethernet cable. The machine is given the ip address and folder location (on the PC), and it looks at this folder from which files can be loaded into the machines memory.

I want to get rid of the Ethernet cable as it has to run across the workshop.

Can anyone tell me the best, easiest way to do this??
I figured using a wireless dongle or router in place of the hard wire. Not sure how to set this up?
Given the controller is not a windows pc does this change the way in which it must be set up?? As stated above, the machine can see the windows folder when hardwired.

Please help.

Thanks in Advance,


Answer:How to connect ethernet port of machine wireless to network

What do you have to start with? By this I mean does the cnc machine have Wi-Fi capability? If not, can you add it? Does the PC have Wi-Fi capability? Do you have a wireless router or wireless access point?

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I got a friends permission to use their wireless internet. I can only connect in a certain spot in the house. I want to connect wirelessly and then share the connection through the ethernet into MY wireless router, and broadcast through my house. How would I go about doing this??

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When I plug an ethernet wire from a router to the ethernet port on my computer, nothing seems to happen. There is no LAN option under my "network connections" either. My first guess is that I don't have the correct driver installed (or if I have one at all for the ethernet). Can anyone help me? I tried to open up the computer to see the brand of the Ethernet card but Some of the screws were stuck and I couldn't seem to open it. It is a Laptop running Windows XP by the way. I bought it at Thanks very much for any help.

Answer:Windows XP: Ethernet port (and LAN) does not work..only wireless internet

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Hello folks! So I have two laptops that I have connected with a crossover cable. I don't have wireless internet, and can't plug my modem into my laptop because of the crossover cable between the two laptops. Is there a simple way to split the ethernet port in one of the laptops? Perhaps an RJ45 splitter? My main concern isn't to have internet access on both laptops, but I want to have my modem, and the two laptops connected at the same time. So would that work?

My main laptop is a Sony Vaio, I'm running XP SP3 on it.

Thanks all!

Answer:Splitting ethernet port on laptop???

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Hello all,

I have an Acer laptop running Vista which I believe has a broken ethernet port (it's a basically new computer but port has never worked - will contact Acer about it, but in the meantime...)

When I had my internet installed the guy was here for 3 hours because we couldn't get it to work through the ethernet port. Finally he loaned me a wireless router (linksys WRT54G) and the internet works with that. I have to return it to him so I got a different one (D-Link DI-524) which I believe my parents have used in the past but never had a password on it or anything.

I cannot run the configuration for the D-Link from the set-up CD because it wants me to plug an ethernet cable from my computer into the router, and it's not able to find it. But when the installer guy gave me the Linksys router, he just plugged it in and off we went - no config needed, straight out of the box.

I plugged the new (D-link) router in and tried to find it in the list of networks available without configuration, because it may have been configured before. An unsecured network comes up called "Home" (my parents would quite probably name it something like that if they had used it before) but the signal is weak, and when I try I am not able to connect to it, so I'm not sure if that's this router (it comes and goes and I'm not able to determine if it's there when mine is plugged in or not).

You guys usually ask for ip adresses, so here's the info f... Read more

Answer:Configuring wireless router with broken ethernet port on computer

There isn't a way to configure the router without a wired network connection. You can pick up a pretty cheap USB to Ethernet adapter.

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I have a kindle Fire HD 7" I want to know if I can hook it up to the internet through my laptop. I am abroad, wifi is hard to find and the kindle has a free texting app that's awesome. I only have ethernet in my dorm, no wifi. Can I make this work somehow?


Answer:Kindle fire HD 7" Ethernet capable though Laptop/USB or ethernet cord?

Get a wireless router.

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Hi all

I own a HP Pavilion Laptop, and a PC desktop. I have a cable going to a D-Link D524 Router.

My Desktop Computer has no problem whatsoever connecting to the internet with the Ethernet port.

Even though my laptop has wireless, at home i like to use the ethernet port, but it's not working. It worked before, and i did not update or change any of my router settings. When i plug it in the Ethernet port it usually shows a Green Light indicating theres signal coming in. But on my laptop there is NO LIGHTS.

I thought it was cable management so i switch to other cables but no dice.

I tried directly connecting the modem to the laptop with the ethernet port, but still nothing.

I checked Device Manager and it says the Ethernet port is working fine.

Any ideas how to fix this?


Answer:Cannot connect to the internet with Laptop's Ethernet port

You can try to unistall then reinstall drivers in case something went wrong with them.

you can look in network properties to see if perhaps it has been disabled.

what ip do you have when it is plugged in? my guess is 169.x.x.x

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I have my Home Security System, ip cameras... On a router and going to ethernet
my laptop
On that same laptop I connect wirelessy from my internet modem. but I get an error message saying that Multiple Networks have been detected. To configure the router correctly to solve the problem.

I have seen the internet working , with the additional router. Then it just blinks out and I get a message saying no internet available.

Something that should be simple to fix or maby I should just buy a USB wifi adapter instead of using the Ethernet Cable from my Modem or router. 2 wifi -connections instead of wifi- Ethernet connections. If that is possible.

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I was wondering if it was possible to use both the internal Ethernet port as well as the one on the dock at the same time.  Only one port shows up in network connections.


Go to Solution.

Answer:Using Ethernet port on dock and on laptop at the same time

The Ethernet port on the dock is an extension of the port on the system. You can use either, but not at the same time.

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Well, I just ordered a new laptop - the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (7548) ... i7 5500u , 8gb ddr3, intel ac 7260 dual band.

I use an Acronis WinPE USB drive to deploy/create images on my computer, and normally I have an ethernet cable connected which allows me to save/get the images on my 1TB drive in my desktop PC.

This laptop doesn't come with an ethernet cable.

My questions are the following

1) Can I use a USB 3.0 -> Gigabit ethernet adaptor (specifically this one Buy the StarTech USB to Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter at and it will work plug and play just like a regular ethernet plug? Or will it require some sort of driver that I can't use in WinPE.

2) Is there a way to just get the on board wifi card to work on WinPE?

3) Can I use a USB WiFi adaptor instead if the former 2 options don't work?

Thanks for the help

The WinPE is the one based off of Windows 8.1 so the latest version

Answer:Network access in WinPE on laptop with no ethernet port

1. It should work.
2. Only if you can get drivers for it installed, usually come from the maker/vendor of the board.
3. Probably. I've used several from such brands as D-Link, Linksys [now Cisco] and AirLink101.

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Hello Everyone, Please help with my problem!!

My ethernet port has stopped working. When I connect my ethernet cable to the port, I don't see the normal green and blinking orange lights. I don't see the orange light on my Belkin router that comes on when my cable is connected to the laptop port. Most importantly, it was working perfectly 12 hours ago, last night, when I was watching a number of videos. I currently don't have any internet on that laptop (I'm on another one now), due to a known wireless card problem (it's physically broken), but I'll worry about buying a new wireless card later...

This ethernet port problem has happened before, but I usually just had to restart my computer and it would work again. This might mean that this is a driver problem.

I have recently downloaded a windows update for my ethernet drivers, but the ethernet did work after the update so I don't think that could be the problem.

After a bit of sleuthing here's what I know:

Under device manager my network adapters:
-Intel(R) WiFi Link 5100 AGN
-Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (**this one wasn't there when I restarted a minute ago, I'm guessing it's the one for the ethernet port? It has a yellow triangle on it with "!")
--Although I don't have internet I have run the "update drivers" process from my computer.
--Driver Version: 7.12.1218.2009

Under the "uninstall programs" list I fou... Read more

Answer:Ethernet port suddenly stopped working - HP HDX 16 Laptop

Hi Microcron and Welcome to MGs.

A couple things you can do to try to troubleshoot your problem.
Go back into Device Manager and right click on the adapter, choose uninstall and reboot. This could possibly reload a faulty driver installation.

You could also choose Roll Back driver (at the same location in Device Manager) to go to a previous version in case there was an underlying problem with the Windows Update driver.

You could also try a System Restore to a date before the problem date to see if anything else from a software standpoint might have changed that you are unaware of.

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I have a Toshiba Satellite A105-S4211 whose on-board Ethernet port was connected to the Netgear wireless router. Yesterday, due to heavy thunderstorms/lightening, my netgear routers power adapter stopped working. Laptop was shutdown and the power was not connected either. Still, the on-board ethernet port disappeared from the device manager and I couldn't get it working at all.
I did a complete reinstall from the cd which came with laptop and no luck either. Wireless works but my wireless router power adapter dead. My internet modem has only ethernet and my laptop ethernet port is dead....
any suggestions?

Answer:Toshiba Satellite Laptop ethernet port not working...

You will have to buy either a USB Ethernet adapter or a PCMCIA Ethernet adapter

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I have read/searched through most of the posts on this and various other sites and can't seem to find help with my problem. So hopefully someone will be able to help.

This morning when I woke up my computer worked properly. I then went to work, and when I turned it on I got the "blue screen of death." (I apologize for not posting the exact wording, but I did not think I would need it). I restarted the computer per the instructions, and it booted up. The computer, however, failed to connect to the wireless network. I noticed that the network icon was not in the taskbar. I then went to device manager and my integrated wireless adapter (Intel Pro/Wireless 2200BG) had a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark. I clicked on properties and under the 'general' tab the device status read:

This device cannot start (Code 10)
Click Troubleshoot to start the troubleshooter for this device

I then unistalled the controller and attempted to reinstall via the 'add hardware' program. I then received the message:

A problem occurred during hardware installation. Your device may not function properly

I then, believing it was a driver issue, downloaded the latest drivers from the intel website for my device on another computer. I uninstalled the controller again, and tried to install with the new drivers via a thumb drive. I received the same error message and the controller had the yellow triangle. When I clicked on properties this time I received the fol... Read more

Answer:Integrated Wireless Controller/PC Card Adapter/Ethernet port stopped working

Sounds like your motherboard is rapidly dying.

If the ethernet controller (or adapter) does not show under Network Adapters and is not in Other or Unknown devices with a warning or error message check in the BIOS (Setup) to see if it somehow got disabled. If it is already enabled, or doesn't show there, see my first paragraph.

When the ethernet controller is defective it can prevent other integrated and/or PCMCIA networking cards from working. When this happens sometimes a USB adapter will work.

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I have an HP LaserJet M401N, brand new out of the box.

Its set to DHCP. Refuses to grab IP on this 1 certain wall jack.

I plug a laptop into the same wall jack and immediately get IP and internet connection.

The M401N is at its latest firmware. Have done all the usual stuff: reboot printer several times, shutdown and pull power from printer, tried various ethernet cables at both ends of the LAN drop.... Laptop gets 1000mbps connection, but Printer doesn't get IP at all.

I have no idea what could be causing that. Any suggestions?

Answer:Printer won't grab IP, but Laptop WILL on same ethernet wall jack port

Have you tried setting a static IP on the printer within the dhcp scope? What about outside the dhcp scope?

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My Sprint HTC EVO phone is cheaper and faster than my AT&T broadband connection so I want to drop AT&T and use sprint.

The problem is I have a few devices such as a Blu-ray player, a Direct TV DVR and other items that need to be hard wired.

I want to use my phone as a WiFi hot spot then pick up the signal with a device and plug my Direct TV DVR into the device with an ethernet cable.

Sprint was unable to help and someone on another non-tech site suggested a Engenius Network ESR9850.

Does anyone know if this will work, or if there are other options available

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Are you guys aware of a single pci card that offers the typical ethernet connection as well as a wireless one? I'd like to have the option to connect to either and I don't want to get two seperate cards. Any info is appreciated, Thanks

Answer:10/100 Ethernet/Wireless Ethernet PCI combo

I don't think you can do that but I would go wireless. :bounce:

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my old asus machine had 2 ethernet ports on it. one was a 3com incoming and the other was a nforce bridge out. So heres the question

can i take my new core 2 duo machine, drop my netgear wireless pci card in it, and make a bridge or whatever so then i could run out of its ethernet port into my a64 machines ethernet in port? is this possible?

i dont mind if the internet is slightly slower to the a64 box, i just want it to stay on my network as a media server/ storage.


Answer:using pc as ethernet bridge

Yes, you can bridge network interfaces no problem.
It would make more sense to get a $10 switch (or an old used hub for free).

I hope you know the differences between routers/switches/hubs and the difference between routing and bridging.

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I just moved into a new place that already had working (free) Internet. I hooked up an Ethernet cable from my computer to the Ethernet port on the wall and loaded a website, then it crashed. I tried to fix it but it's some jerry-rigged setup that's beyond my networking comprehension. I talked to the previous resident and he said that he used the wifi for years with no issue.

Here's the setup the best I can explain it: Outside there's an old satellite with a wire that leads into the basement. This wire leads to a Linksys wireless-b Ethernet bridge (wet11 v2). An Ethernet cable is plugged in to that device and is then plugged into an Ethernet port in the wall (LAN?). On the second story there's a panel in the wall that houses a Linksys router that I believe the bridge is connected to. That router is then connected to a Wireless Netgear router that the wifi on my phone would connect to.

I've tried unplugging everything to reset it, but that hasn't fixed the issue. I've been down in the basement trying to connect the Ethernet bridge via on a laptop with an Ethernet cable plugged directly from the laptop to the bridge. The internal browser-based configuration utility won't pop up though, so I can't even try to configure it.

Anyone have any ideas on how to fix this? I've got some pictures of the setup I can send someone via my phone if that would help. Thanks for the help!

Answer:Ethernet Bridge Help!

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Hi any help please, I have a simple system using two MSI ethernet bridges for broadband connection to my laptop.
Just moved into a new flat and in two rooms there is no internet connection yet all is well using all the mains sockets of all the other rooms (obviously OK if laptop is connected directly to the ISPs broadband modem)
I have checked the wiring particularly the earths in all sockets to no avail.
On the MSI adaptors the red COL led sometimes flashes when connected to the non connecting mains socket. I cannot find any diagnostic info for these devices which have always been totally reliable.
Win7 64bit IE 9

Answer:MSI ethernet bridge

Answering ny own question, this was caused by nothing more than a corroded earth pin on a mains adaptor.

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Question: Ethernet Bridge

Has anyone used an Ethernet Bridge or a Powerline Internet Network (similar to Ultra U12) which uses the household AC outlets for transferring Internet from a modem to another location? I am using one and it works well most of the time but occasionally it drops off and I am not sure what causes the failure. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Ethernet Bridge

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Is there anything made that would bridge my USB webcam to a wireless adapter?
Let me edit this. What is a good and inexpensive setup for monitoring things. I have a full rack in my basement with some servers and a panel in the wall that I can use for coax returns. I would preferably like to have the camera(s) come into the PC for DVR, but not necessary.

Here is my wall.


Answer:USB to ethernet bridge

Wireless USB gear is starting to be available in quantity recently. You should be able to get a Wireless USB hub and dongle kit for about $100. Not sure how well they work, but this is what they're designed for.

I think some routers can also share USB over the network, if they can operate in wireless client mode that might work too, or coupled with a client bridge.

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I am lookin for some advice on a networking problem. I have a hp pc connected to the net thru an ethernet cable with a wirless router from talktalk and vista os. I have an advent laptop connected wireless to the same router. Both recieve and connect to the internet fine. My pc can find my laptop and transfer files from it thru public but my laptop does not recognise my pc nor the printer on it, any ideas as this is driving me mad.

Answer:wireless laptop and ethernet pc

You cannot see Vista PC in network on the laptop, correct.
What is the OS on the laptop?
Can you ping the PC from the laptop by IP and Name?
Do you have a password at sign on for laptop?
If Vista PC has "Password protected sharing" on, you will need to set up an account on it with laptop's User name and password.
What is the exact make/model of router?
Make/model of both compuetrs?
What firewalls are you using on both machines?
Have you tried connecting with the firewalls turned off?

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hello, my motherboard has 2 ethernet ports, one goes to my main router, the other is empty

i want to hook up another wifi router to my pc to create another wifi access point.

i was able to bridge both ethernet ports and get my host computer to obtain the static ip settings i need, but how do i setup the other part (the router)

my computer currently has
ip -
sub -
gate - (dd-wrt)

i would like the router hooked to my pc to be and dhcp from there
any help is greatly appropriated
thank you

Answer:ethernet sharing bridge


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Hey - I know its possible but I'm not sure if you can do it with an everyday router.

Basically my main Internet hub is in my room I would like my D-Link router to pick up the 'Wireless' connection and redistribute it as an ethernet hub If that makes sense.

So you get this:

INTERNET HUB ---> connected to PCs/wireless etc via Wifi --> Also connected to a D-link router --> redistribution of internet by router via ethernet

The reason I ask is if its possible its going to avoid me putting stupid ethernet cable through the house in order to get internet on my TV....

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Is it possible to bridge lans without ethernet?

If the D-Link router supports "Wireless Bridge" or "AP Client" mode then you can do it.

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The server (Windows 2000 AS) is terribly slow at times and I want to increase the
bandwidth. If I add a second ethernet card to the box and bridge them, the question is..

1) Can two IPs exist on the same server, one for each card?

2) Will it increase the bandwidth for the server?

3) Can you have half the users log onto the server through one card and half on the other?

4) If you have 2 processors, with 2ethernets, will that help improve server performance?

Answer:2 ethernet bridge = more bandwidth???

1. No, however you *can* have two NICs using NLB that appear as one virtual IP
2. Probably, but that depends on what exactly is slow on the network.
3. NLB automatically takes care of balancing the load. Intel server NICs I believe have software to do load balancing.
4. Again, that depends on what the server is doing, current network performance, # of users, etc.

If you could give some more background information on the problem, then maybe others can offer more suggestions.

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A couple of months ago my battery in my laptop stopped holding a charge. Ever since then I've had a lot of problems. The first was the USB drive would not recognize my mouse and the red light on the mouse would not even come on. Now I have 20 different yellow triangles on all of my drivers in driver manager and I can troubleshoot and fix all of them except for RRnetcap miniport 8. And even if I troubleshoot ill just have the same problem when I turn it off and on again. I have a new PSU in the laptop so that can't be the problem. I'm connected to my wireless network but it says no Internet acess. Please help! I'm posting this from my iPhone.

Answer:Laptop won't connect wireless or with Ethernet


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I have just moved to a new flat and I'm having trouble connecting to the internet through my wifi. I received a new router from my ISP and it works fine for my iPhone and iPad, and I can connect to the router via wifi, but the internet is slow at best and non-existent at worst. It does, however, work when I plug in the ethernet cable. I've renistalled the drivers for my wireless card and updated them from the manufacturer's website. I've also run a virus scan, spybot, and ccleaner, all to no avail. Any help with this would be very much appreciated. I've copy/pasted the ipconfig readout below. I would say I'm beginner/intermediate on IT matters. Thanks again in advance.

Windows IP Configuration

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection 2:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::21d3:cbc0:a03e:4a24%20
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 2:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Ethernet adapter Bluetooth Network Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
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Answer:Connecting via ethernet but not wireless- laptop only

Connect with one or the other, but not both at the same time.

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My laptop is connected to the network wirelessly using 2wire. This is working fine. I have the 2wire portal connected to a linksys dsl router ("etherfast"). The desktop is connected via ethernet cable to the linksys router. The internet works fine for the desktop. My problem is getting the two computers to see each other on the network. When I connect my laptop to the router via works. But when laptop is wireless (which I need to be logistically) does not work. Can someone help me figure this out?



Answer:help with wireless laptop/ethernet desktop

With the network connected wirelessly, go through these troubleshooting steps.

Turn off any firewalls for debugging. If the firewall is the problem, you'll have to configure it to allow access to "trusted zone" addresses. Note that some firewalls must be completely uninstalled to stop them from affecting your networking.

PING each computer by IP address, and if successful, PING by name. You can obtain the IP address of a computer by opening a command prompt (DOS window) and typing IPCONFIG. This should work for any Windows version. A failure here needs to be corrected before you go any farther.

All computers should be in the same workgroup for computer browsing to function properly. File & Print Sharing has to be enabled on any computer you wish to share files or printers from. You also need to actually share the resource in question from My Computer, right click on the drive/printer/folder, and select sharing.

If you encounter difficulties accessing computers that are visible in Network Neighborhood, make sure the computer being accessed has an account with the same name/password as the system connecting to it uses to login.

While the default NetBIOS setting is correct for normal network configurations, it's possible for it to be altered, and it costs nothing to make sure it's correct. NETBIOS over TCP/IP must be enabled for normal network browsing.

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I have a Toshiba Protege r835 running windows7 64bit. And I was using a westell 7500 router for a while. My wireless was working fine but the connecting wasnt so good to I decided to move the router closer to my computer. But when I unpluged it and plugged it back in closer to me, my laptop was no longer able to connect wirelessly to the router.
My cell phone can connect to the wireless just fine. And on my laptop, it shows it on the list of possible wireless networks to connect to. But when I try to connect to it, it take a long time and just ends up not connecting. My wireless in enabled. When I plug the ethernet in, it works fine.
I ran a virus scan, and came up with nothing also.

Any idea how to fix this problem?

Answer:Laptop cant connect wireless, only ethernet.

Good morning Takaaaa,

The first thing I would try is disabling your wireless and then re-enabling (this will reset the wireless card) - I would then try reconnecting. Does it actually let you connect but unable to use? or does it give you a message whilst trying to connect?

Any detailed information relating to error messages would help.


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Is it possible to have my laptop connected wireless, and run a ethernet cable from my desktop to the laptop ethernet port and be connected somehow?

Answer:Ethernet from wireless connected laptop

Yes cross-over ethernet cable between the PC and Laptop, with the Laptop using wireless to the Internet.
You can also setup your PC for wireless too, either through another USB wireless receiver or shared through the laptop

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I have a Windows 8.1 Laptop and yesterday it said I had no connections.
My computer is wireless but then it went to Ethernet it didn't let me connect to anything either.
I tried looking things up to see how to fix it but it just kept talking about buying cables.

Anyone know whats wrong?

Answer:How to fix Windows Laptop When it goes from wireless to ethernet

You may try to disable your Ethernet adapter (wired connection) while you're connected via a wireless connection through your wireless adapter.

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So I work at radioshack and this older lady came in earlier today with a question of a usb-ethernet cable. Now, knowing that they are very different standards I said that such a cable without a bulgy adaptor would be impossible. But, supposedly she had gotten one here (radioshack, not this store specifically)

Am I thinking correctly? We carry a usb network card, but nothing with just a cable.


So then we went into why she needed this and she says shes got a laptop and frequenty goes to hotels (sales agent of some kind or retired, she was older) and has no way to connect. I got "why not just use the ethernet *port*" and she goes "dont have one". And I go "any laptop new enough to have a USB port should have an ethernet port" and she goes "well its about 10 years old and only has one USB port" and I go "well 10 years is marginal for USB anyway, but it should still have an ethernet port"

So am I right on that? I would expect any sort of laptop to have *some* sort of networking capability. I know anything made in the 21st century is going to have modem/ethernet, and likely 802.11x, but before?

I asked if she gets a chance to bring in the old cable (if she finds it), and/or the laptop so I can look at something that old, but Im trying to verify my knowledge. Doubts suck.

Answer:USB->ethernet cable and laptop with USB but not ethernet

I had a Thinkpad T21 (I think that is what it was) that had USB and no etherent, so that is not an uncommon situation.

And any USB -> ethernet would need more than just a cable.. but she may have had one that was fairly small, as the chips can be tiny, and I suppose someone could build one into a slightly oversized RJ45 plug.


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First at all Hello everybody, and sorry for my poor english.
I have 2 LAN networks (192.168.34.-- and 192.168.0.--) on I have server platform Windows Server 2003, with Call of Duty 2 dedicated game server. Also there is an internet . Second LAN have users which want to play game on server over LAN. Problem is in fact that, except CoD2 server, users must no see anything else. Server use default CoD2 port 28960, and I need most simple solution for this.
Thank U in advance.

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Hi, everyone--

My family and I have a SMART TV and use it to watch Netflix. It's WiFi capable and we even have a wireless extender, but the connection keeps dropping constantly.

I have read a few things about turning an old router into a "switch," like this article from Lifehacker. I'm not sure if this is what I'm looking for as there are several meanings for switch, and the purpose is normally for another port, not a bridge-type thing. Would it be possible to use second router to serve as a bridge between my two ethernet cables so we can hardwire the SMART TV? If so, any ideas on how I would do that?

Thanks in advance,

Answer:Using a router as a bridge for two ethernet cables

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I had a breaker switch off power in my room when I accidently had a few too many things on at once. In that room is my Buffalo wireless bridge that connects to my xbox 360.

Well, after that happened, my xbox had trouble geting would get on there..have an IP, but then disconnect.

The bridge has the normal green lights as always.

Currently, the PC that is hard wired to the router is a Vista machine. Even with the Vista patch downloaded from buffalo, I could not get the software that configures the bridge to execute properly.

In my room, the XP machine is connected via wireless to the network. So I hard wired the bridge to the router and loaded up the software on my XP PC. It found the bridge and listed it's IP as Great...but when I hit connect, the software froze. I reloaded it and it could not find the bridge.

Next step, reset the bridge..I did this and now the bridge can not be found on the network when I run the buffalo software.

Should I try and hardwire the XP PC to the router (major PITA right now)? Even though it found the bridge before, now it can this the issue? Or is the bridge simply hosed from the power flicker?

I hard wired the 360 and connected to Xbox live just fine, so the 360 is good to go.

Answer:Is my Buffalo Ethernet Bridge hosed?

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I am trying to bridge my ethernet connection so that I can connect a computer to my laptops ethernet port and have internet on that computer. When I try to bridge the connection the computer shows its connected but it says that it doesn't have internet. I did it once and it worked, so I think that I am doing it wrong.  How do I bridge the ethernet connection properly?

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I asked earlier this week about web servers and home servers... and In the process of working that concept together, I have really questioned my network setup. Ill try to make this as painless as possible.

Ethernet Bridges:

Simply put, I cant run hardwire up to my room. And with me moving to Pittsburgh in a year, Its not worth the effort.

So, for the past couple years I have used a Linksys Gaming adaptor as a cheap alternative to an ethernet bridge. For one PC, it does the job. Once hooked to a switch, its fine. Now turn on 2 or more XP computers on that switch, IP conflicts left and right.

I got what I paid for... so now I am looking into true ethernet bridges, and would like some help picking one out. From there, I'll need some tips on buying a switch... (im thinking gigabit)

Ill be happy as long as it can be protected (wep, whatever security they have now a days) and will run up to 5 or 10 machines at the same time with no problem. As for the switch, I just want the best one out there without hurting the wallet. And both should have settings like the router, where I can make specific configurations.

Which brings me to my IP questions:

I have too many towers laying around that I paid way too much for, so I'm determined to give them a second life.

If you have seen my earlier post, you know I am trying to make my old athlon 64 box a home server. Most of my IP questions are pretty much solved on that as long as i can configure samba right. But... Read more

Answer:Real Ethernet Bridge, IP questions.

Well, first let's clear up some terminology. You mean a wireless ethernet bridge or a wireless network bridge. Just "ethernet bridge" is an ambiguous term.

A bridge works on a lower level than TCP/IP, so any questions about IP addresses are totally irrelevant. Once you have bridged two networks, the bridge is totally transparent and any IP stuff works exactly as if everything was wired together in a single newtwork.

Same goes for making your web server available. The bridge is 100% transparent to everything at IP level and above. So you set up the router just as if the web server was wired to it.

No, you do not need a public static IP address to host a web server unless you want to use your own domain name instead of a subdomain. There are plenty of free dynamic DNS providers out there and your router most likely supports one or more of them already.

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In hyper-v I cannot connect to internet. the message is "there is no driver for this adapter". It looks like the VS and the NIC are in reverse mode, ie the NIC says it has no connnection but I have Internet there. The VS says it's connected but there is no internet. My internet connections include a Blackberry VPN which I could form a bridge with the VS. But no internet connection from hyper-v.

thanks, from Tom

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Hello,  I travel on my job and frequent many hotels/motels and just about all of them offer wireless.  Some offer an adapter that I use my ethernet connection and power the adapter by a USB port.  Those work great.  Most do not.  Is there a universal one that is on the market that will work with all systems that is compact in a zippered case?  I have been researching this for 2 hours and don't seem to get anywhere.  Thanks in advance.

Answer:WiFi Ethernet Adapter/Bridge

A 802.11g PCMCIA adapter should work with pretty much any wireless system out there, apart from the really esoteric ones.  Go for a brand name adapter for a better experience...

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I found a good deal on an ethernet bridge for 24dbi grid (802.11b) antenna (as opposed to the orinoco and PCI adapter solution)...this is a better solution for integration and ease of setup but how can I connect to multiple networks?

I assume there's no way to use netstumbler or similar utilities with an ethernet-bridged antenna? The seller says it is controllable via an http interface requring an SSID...though it does have an automatic config. setting.

Does anyone have any experience using such a configuration? I am looking to connect to 3 or 4 networks (at this point, my school's wifi and the networks of a few friends in the area).

Also, does anyone know of a place that actually sells PCI adapters for the oriinoco gold PC card?

Answer:WiFi Antenna + Ethernet Bridge ?'s

You understand with transparent wireless bridging your not really connecting totally seperate networks. You'll be adding remote segments to a parent network. Your home for instance would just be added to the schools network segment. It's IP scheme etc..

Beyond that, the workgroup bridge, or outright bridge would just be a transparent link. It should have a console or utility to give your quality and strength numbers for the association to the parent device, be it an AP (if your using a workgroup bridge) or parent bridge if your running a Point to Multipoint bridging setup. I don't have alot of experience with the budget stuff so perhaps the WET11 or equivalent has no interface that allows you to see how strong your link is. That would be a shitty thing but not a complete suprise. Cheap gear generally gives cheap results. What kind of equipment are you looking at? A 24 dBi grid is an awful lot of juice. How far are your links?

PCI adapters for Proxim client cards are plentiful. A google search yields dozens of hits. Might be a better choice. Just depends on what your setup is and your expectations.

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Let me start out by saying I am totally and completely not a computer geek. I don't speek the language of the tekkies.

I have an HP laptop and out of the blue, it will just not connect to the internet wirelessly. It will say connected but no internet access. This happens and random times, at least once a week, and for exactly 24 hours between 1 a.m. one day to 1 a.m. the next day. I can connect via ethernet cable just fine. My phone and TV can connect wirelessly, but not my internet.

My signal strength is usually excellent when this happens, so it's not that I'm too far away from the router.

I have tried resetting my router/modem multiple times when this has happened to no avail. I have factory restored my computer. I have deleted my driver and reinstalled it. Literally the only thing that has worked thus far is connecting to an ethernet cable. I called my ISP and they said my router is fine and nothing is wrong with it.

Before you ask, NO, I don't have any monitoring software or any software that prevents the use of internet after a certain time. Keep in mind that my computer is totally factory resetored, totally clean, nothing on it but what it came with.

Please help!

Answer:Laptop Connects to Ethernet, Won't Connect to Wireless

Go to HP's website and download the latest wireless adapter directly. What does the driver date say on the current wireless driver? With out the actual make and model number of the laptop I cant verify the current driver date from HP.

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I am not the sharpest computer person but I do know how to get around my computers. My problem is my Netgear DGN2000 is hooked up and the ethernet cable is running into my desktop with XP. The "Local Area Connection" says 100Mbps into the router.

The problem is the desktop is getting speeds of .60 Mbps download & .40 upload. My wireless laptop and another that uses the wireless connection & Windows 7, are getting about 3.0 Mbps, but sometimes really slow as well.

I know how to get into the router settings and just wondered if something might be set wrong? I have gone into the browser and reset and updated the firmware of the router. Still confused about why it is running so slow. I called the ISP but of course they say it is the computer. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks

Answer:Ethernet Desktop faster than wireless laptop

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Right now I have my new Toshiba Satellite A665 laptop connected to the internet using an ethernet cord. For the longest time I was trying to get my wireless to work but I would always get unidentified network with no internet access. I'm assuming this means my wireless card is broken, which is unfortunate since I just got this laptop. Can anyone confirm this?

Answer:Laptop connects with ethernet chord, but not on wireless.

If you just got it, I recommend you contact Toshiba's support center, as they know their systems best and will have to provide replacement hardware or proper drivers since the computer would still be under warranty. Here is there support page: Toshiba Support - Homepage

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I have ethernet router through which i am connecting to internet to my desktop and also to my Laptop using a cable wire. I would like to have a wireless internet connection to my Laptop.Could anyone of you please help in succeeding this task.

Answer:wireless connection to laptop from ethernet router

replace your router with a wireless one. you will also need to ensure hat your laptop has got wireless on it, if not, you will obv need to get a wireless card to put in it.what OS have you got?

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Alright so I have two Windows computers, my laptop being Vista and my home network computer which is connected directly to the router is XP and then there is a Mac but I don't think it would interfere.
So basically whenever I look at my connection it says it's connected to "Unidentified Network" (Then my router name) and it says the access is local only.
I don't know how this happened, I've been connected to the internet using this computer and router for almost a year now and I've changed nothing.
But maybe you guys could come up with some specific troubleshooting steps?
Oh yeah and neither ethernet or wireless connection is working.
Thanks guys.

Oh yeah and the connection only works if the laptop is in safe mode. ​

Answer:Laptop Won't Connect to Internet Through Ethernet or Wireless

Base Pc connected by ethrenet, local only, no internet.
Laptop, connected wireless, local only, no internet.
Laptop does not connect to internet by ethernet or wireless, but connect local only. Local connection in safe mode only. to

If both computers have no connection it sounds like router is working, but has lost connection to ISP.
Check these.
Is the router DSL light on.?
Can you access the router set up pages to check if it is getting a signal and also see if the setings are still the same. Run any diagnostics that the router may have.
Is this a modem/router with ISP line directly connected or do you have ISP line to modem to router?
If you have ISP line to modem to router, connect a computer directly to the modem and see if you are getting a signal from the ISP.
If no signal from ISP contact them.
Another thing you can try is to power cycle the router. Power off for about 20 seconds then turn back on.

If problem is only with laptop then we need to concentrate on it.

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hi all

i am at my wits end... my computer (an HP Pavilion dv6700) does not seem to be able to connect to the internet in either the wireless or ethernet-connected mode. looking on the internet i tried to do an ipconfig /release then ipconfig/ renew but when i tried the renew i got the message: "no operation can be performed on local area connection while it has its media disconnected"

i searched this error message on the forum and since every case seems to be different and requires posting of the ipconfig /all command here goes mine:

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 28:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.{566B7740-08CF-4ABC-A3D1-785023CC1

Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 29:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.{566B7740-08CF-4ABC-A3D1-785023CC1

Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 30:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific D... Read more

Answer:limited connectivity for laptop,using either wireless or ethernet

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i have a netbook that is recieving internet through verizon vzaccess and in the network sharing center the network interfaces is listed as dial up, but i tried to bridge it with my ethernet nic by selecting both of the interfaces and right clicking one of them to bridge them, but for some reason that i don't understand the option for bridging the connections isn't there, how do i bridge these two interfaces

Answer:how can i bridge a dialup and ethernet connection in windows xp pro

Tried using the ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) ?

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I've done this on windows 7 but I can't seem to get it to work on windows 10.

Just to clarify I'm trying to have it so I can have other devices connect to the network from my laptops wireless adapter.

Thanks for any help

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I'll try and give as much info as possible to reduce the amount of unnecessary questions and wasted time. I am extremely frustrated and at the point of pulling out my hair.

I used to have my windows XP Home Service Pack 3 desktop connected to my Toshiba Satellite laptop running Windows 7 via a crossover ethernet cable. This is how I accessed the internet on my desktop. Setting this up was no problem.

Recently, I formatted and reinstalled Windows XP on the desktop (hadn't been done in a few years, clogged, slow, needed to be done). Since then, I've tried to do the same connection I had before with a crossover ethernet cable from my laptop to my desktop. No luck.

No settings on my laptop have changed since the format & reinstall of windows XP on my desktop.

I have checked all the settings on both my laptop and desktop, including file sharing, windows firewall (on, off, exceptions allowed), file folder sharing, network discovery, etc. All except for firewall are set to on. Firewall is set to allow exceptions, although I tried playing around with it off as well. I tried deleting and recreating the network bridge between the LAN and Wireless network multiple times to no avail.
I've tried multiple different IP addresses and default gateways, nothing works.
Before you jump to any conclusions, I used this as my guide: How to Bridge an Internet Connection: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

My laptop has internet and works perfectly fine.

My desktop, in network connecti... Read more

Answer:Ethernet Crossover Network Bridge Win 7 to Win XP Fail

Sounds like you don't have the driver installed for your network port on your desktop. There should be a "local area connection" icon in the network area, 1394 is firewire.

Is the network port onboard on the motherboard or are you using a lan card?

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My desktop is connected to a wifi network and I need to bridge to another via ethernet. I have started by selecting each network and I bridge the 2 connections, creating a bridge, but the other computer still doesn't have internet connection.

Is this possible (I would think so) and if so, what have I done wrong?

Answer:Bridge internet connection over ethernet from wifi

Never mind the other computer's owner was being dumb :P

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Alright, I recently got a D-Link DIR 655 Router and a Vigor 120 Modem. From what I know, I need to set my router to do PPPoE (Seems simple enough, put in my username and password and the Primary and Secondary DNS servers are automatically found so nothing needed to be added there) However I couldn't connect to the internet after that, as far as I know I need to set up a bridge with my modem. I have the router and modem connected but I do not know what to set up in the modem itself so it forwards whatever the router sends to it. Sorry if I seem like I'm talking no sense. I'm stuck here.

Answer:Setting up a Ethernet bridge with new router/modem

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I have just arrived at a friends house to stay for a while and my laptop does not connect to the internet properly through the wireless yet works perfectly when plugged into the router directly through ethernet cable. it is not the actual router's wireless that is broken because there are three other laptops that connect and work just fine.

I have done several virus scans using AVG and Spybot Search and Destroy and other than incredibar nothing has been found so i dont think it is a virus. I thought it might have been the 6to4 adapter so i disabled to no avail.

The problem is not connecting to the network as that works fine and every now and again i can get 10 minutes of internet use before it stops working. most of the time still saying i am connected to the internet for an extra 5 minutes then saying i have a local only connection.

I did and ipconfig /all when plugged into the router and this was the result:

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Tom-PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Bluetooth Network Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network)
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-22-5F-B7-C9-EE
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
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Answer:Laptop connects to the internet through ethernet cable but not through wireless

What firewall / security suite or anti-virus do you currently have on the PC - or you have ever had on the PC in the past - any trial ware - like Norton, Mcafee

i would remove AVG - see below , that could be blocking

as you are getting an IP

this does not often work on wireless - but try anyway
- try safemode with networking
as the PC starts keep tapping F8 - a menu appears - choose
safemode with networking - see if that works

also try a TCP/IP reset - see below


TCP/IP stack repair options for use with Vista/Windows 7

Start> Programs> Accessories> and right click on Command Prompt, select "Run as Administrator" to open a command prompt box
(A new dialogue box - black with white font, will appear on the screen ):

In the command prompt window that opens, type the following commands:

Note: Type only the text in bold and red for the following commands.

Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults: netsh winsock reset catalog and press enter

Reset IPv4 TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log and press enter

Reset IPv6 TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ipv6 reset reset.log and press enter

ReStart (reboot) the machine.

If you receive the message
The requested operation requires elevation.
Then please open the command prompt as administrator - as requested... Read more

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I have an Aspire one NAV50 with Windows 7 starter.

One time, when I turned it on, The icon for wireless connection doesn't appear anymore. Every time I try troubleshoot it, it would just say that there is an ethernet cable unplugged. And so, I connected it into the ethernet cable and it works fine. But when I tried it again on the wireless connections, it doesn't locate to any wireless connection.

I've tried the ff on my laptop:

scan the laptop with MalwareBytes
by the way, last night, when I turned on again the laptop, the wireless connections can already be found. However, after few minutes, it went back to being unlocated again.

Answer:Laptop would work on ethernet cable not on Wireless Connections

I had doubt the Starter supports the Wireless connecting but since you say " the wireless connections can already be found.", so probably it's possible.
In this case and at the moment the thing I'm thinking about is the driver. Try to update its driver for wireless connecting. (You've said the 'update', but update of what?).

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When I try and access the internet through any of the main browsers (I.e. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari) they tell me along the lines of 'unable to access the network' and 'this page can't be displayed' after taking a while attempting to load. I also cannot access it through any of my Windows 8 apps. I know it's not an issue with the home broadband itself and is something to do with my laptop as it is running fine both wirelessly and through using an Ethernet cable on all other devices. I would really appreciate some help with trying to fix this asap as I have spent a lot of time researching this issue and trying most things to resolve it without success, I also need to use the internet for loads of coursework over the summer hols and cannot afford to be taking it to a pricey IT technician. Please helppp

Answer:My laptop cannot connect to the internet, even though wireless and ethernet are working

Take a look at the file
\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts​there MUST be at least a line reading LOCALHOST
but the question is there anything other than comments in it?
If so, leave the comments and the localhost line and delete everything else.

If you modify the hosts file, then you also need to

ipconfig /flushdns
net stop "dns client"
net start "dns client"


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Hi Everyone
I wonder if anyone can help me please.
Make HP g56 Laptop
ISP Virgin Media Cable 150 meg connection
Router Virgin Media Superhub
Norton Intternet Security
No other protection is turned on

I have two computers connected to the Hub

My wifes computer fujitsu 4 core runs at the true 150 meg speed with wired ethernet cable (Perfect)

My laptop however runs at half speed with wired ethernet connection. In fact it runs at the same speed as it does when connecting via wireless to the same superhub. about 75 megs.

I have posted an ipconfig image if this is any help.

Kindest Regards

Anthony George

Answer:HP Laptop running same speed on ethernet cable as Wireless

Hi .... You have to remember it is up to 150mb ... You will not get this speed all the time ..

Have you just got Virgin Installed lately if so it takes some time to settle ...

Also does your Network Adapter support the top speed ? ...
As for wireless and Lan connections they can be the same speed with Virgin ... Though you should be getting more than 75mb at times ....
Virgin Media - Extremely fast broadband speeds

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I have a PC (windows 7) connected to my router (Buffalo AirStation WMBR-HP-GN) via Ethernet cable, while my laptop (Vista) and a 2nd PC (Vista) are using wireless. My Ethernet PC cannot see the laptop or the wireless PC in Network. Both the laptop and wireless PC can see and share with each other. If I use an Ethernet cable for the laptop, I can share with my Ethernet PC.

In short, I can share wireless to wireless, Ethernet to Ethernet, but not Wireless to Ethernet.

Any ideas?


Answer:Cannot connect to my wireless laptop from my ethernet PC (vice versa)

Quote: Originally Posted by Eastwood001


I have a PC (windows 7) connected to my router (Buffalo AirStation WMBR-HP-GN) via Ethernet cable, while my laptop (Vista) and a 2nd PC (Vista) are using wireless. My Ethernet PC cannot see the laptop or the wireless PC in Network. Both the laptop and wireless PC can see and share with each other. If I use an Ethernet cable for the laptop, I can share with my Ethernet PC.

In short, I can share wireless to wireless, Ethernet to Ethernet, but not Wireless to Ethernet.

Any ideas?


I would try resetting the router first as it's clearly a problem with the router.

If that doesn't work please post a screen shot of your ipconfig/all from both a wired and wireless machine and I'll see what's up.

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Alright so I have two Windows computers, my laptop being Vista and my home network computer which is connected directly to the router is XP and then there is a Mac but I don't think it would interfere.
So basically whenever I look at my connection it says it's connected to "Unidentified Network" (Then my router name) and it says the access is local only.
I don't know how this happened, I've been connected to the internet using this computer and router for almost a year now and I've changed nothing.
But maybe you guys could come up with some specific troubleshooting steps?
Oh yeah and neither ethernet or wireless connection is working.
Thanks guys.

Oh yeah and the connection only works if the laptop is in safe mode.

Answer:Laptop Won't Connect to Home Computer Through Ethernet or Wireless

I think you're saying the network looks like


+---- wired.Mac
+ ..... WiFi or Wired Vista laptop

The Mac and XP can use the Internet (can they share between them?)

Vista can not share (but can it use the internet?)

On vista try this
run->ipconfig /all >mytcp.txt​and attach \user\yourLogin/mytcp.txt to your follow-up

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I have a HP G62-371DX Notebook that I have been using to access the internet. Lately I have been experiencing random disconnects that will last from maybe 30 seconds to 2 minutes. They will happen maybe every hour or two and are becoming really annoying. At first I was using the laptops wifi abilities to connect to my router. So when these disconnects began to happen I tried plugging in an Ethernet cable into the router and still experience the same disconnects. The only other devices in the house that experience this is the xbox 360 which is connected with an ethernet cable aswell. The router that I had was an old netgear router, but in the past week we got a new router which is a SMCD3GNV. I have only had it working today and I had the problem maybe 3-4 times within the first 12 hours (with both the wifi and ethernet connection). I have tried updating the firmware and resetting the router and modem. I just don't know what the problem is or how to fix it.

Answer:Laptop and Xbox 360 disconnects randomly from wireless and ethernet


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Hi there

If you've a spare / old router which you can set up as a wifi bridge and connect a bit of LAN cable from Laptop into the Bridge router you'll generally get FAR better performance from even a cheap router.

Logic behind this is that most Wifi adapters are half duplex whereas a router is full duplex and throughput will be significantly better.

Another advantage is that you can still use 5 GHZ band even if your PC or whatever only can handle 2.4 GHZ wifi.

If your router doesn't have bridging facilities you can often do it by a firmware upgrade --for most routers try this : | Unleash Your Router

Note --this is the Bridging router --not your main one that you use to connect to your ISP with --don't want to cause people to have inoperable boxes !!!!!.

I've found using a Router as a bridge far better than having to have loads of LAN cable all round the house --and also antennae in wifi routers are hugely better than most built in Wifi cards so you can in a lot of cases avoid extra slowdown caused by wifi extenders.

In my "man shed" -- a good 100 metres from the main house - could just about get 8 Mib/s on a very poor 2.4 GHZ wifi signal from the wifi card

Laptop now acceptable - still with 2,4 GHZ wifi but using "Bridged" method with an old EDIMAX wifi 4 port router. Around 70 Mib/s (still a lot slower by about 10X - I'm getting nearly 1Gb/s download in main house on 5 GHZ wifi --ISL has excellent Internet !!!... Read more

Answer:Wifi vs ethernet-->wifi Bridge using router - MUCH FASTER with Bridge

Hi there,
Pay attention to Units, it is very "easy" to get "confused". 70Mbps = 8,75MB/s.
And what is that Units "Mib/s"? Mega Information Binary per Second?

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Hi there

If you've a spare / old router which you can set up as a wifi bridge and connect a bit of LAN cable from Laptop into the Bridge router you'll generally get FAR better performance from even a cheap router.

Logic behind this is that most Wifi adapters are half duplex whereas a router is full duplex and throughput will be significantly better.

Another advantage is that you can still use 5 GHZ band even if your PC or whatever only can handle 2.4 GHZ wifi.

If your router doesn't have bridging facilities you can often do it by a firmware upgrade --for most routers try this : | Unleash Your Router

Note --this is the Bridging router --not your main one that you use to connect to your ISP with --don't want to cause people to have inoperable boxes !!!!!.

I've found using a Router as a bridge far better than having to have loads of LAN cable all round the house --and also antennae in wifi routers are hugely better than most built in Wifi cards so you can in a lot of cases avoid extra slowdown caused by wifi extenders.

In my "man shed" -- a good 100 metres from the main house - could just about get 8 Mib/s on a very poor 2.4 GHZ wifi signal from the wifi card

Laptop now acceptable - still with 2,4 GHZ wifi but using "Bridged" method with an old EDIMAX wifi 4 port router. Around 70 Mib/s (still a lot slower by about 10X - I'm getting nearly 1Gb/s download in main house on 5 GHZ wifi --ISL has excellent Internet !!!... Read more

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I just downloaded Vista, and i pluged the Ethernet cable in and nothing happened. On XP, when I plugged it in, I didn't need any software, it just recgonized it an connected to the internet. So, I decided to install the software it came with, but still it didn't work. Is there a Vista driver for it, or is it just not going to ever work?


Answer:Is the Gigafast Homeplug Ethernet Bridge compatable with Vista?

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Hi there

I don't like a load of LAN cables everywhere and "She who must be obeyed" was complaining about number of boxes / gadgets / flashing lights etc under the TV !!!!!! so I've moved the two servers out of the way and just have the cable box/ main router.

so this I found was a really woman friendly solution for masses of LAN cable etc etc. !!!!!!!!

If you have fast Wifi and you have some Ethernet only gear connected away from your Router / Cablebox you can use a "Wireless Bridge" -- It's possible to "Hobble" some old routers via DD-WRT but not all routers do that and you might want to use fast wifi connectors. Some modern cheap routers now allow "Wireless Bridging" too.

You need to set the second router up as your wireless bridge and then plug the LAN cables from your devices into that router which will connect wirelessly to your network.

I found this Router actually very good -- also works on new 802.11ac protocol (up to 433 Mbs in the 5GHZ band so plenty for your server / streaming devices).

IPlugged the NAS'es Ethernet connectors into the lan connects on the "Bridge Router" -- works fine

This one was 32 EUR inc Tax.

Edimax BR-6208AC Wi-Fi Ethernet LAN Dual-band Router - Grey It does work as WIFI Bridge -- you have to ensure your router can do that function if you buy a new router.

If you have fast wifi and want to get rid of LAN cables and move boxes like NAS boxes into spare closets ... Read more

Answer:LAN Cable free - even for ETHERNET devices (via Wifi Bridge)

We hooked a powerline 1200 with gigabit ports up to our tv and it does the job nicely. It lives behind the tv and therefore is out of site. My NAS is also powerlined 1200 connected.

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