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Connecting a Laptop to use my Desktops broadband connection?.


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#1 bluesjunior

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 03:47 AM

I have a desktop PC with Windows 7 Home Premium as the OS connected to the Internet via a cable modem from my Virgin Media ISP. My son would like to be able to acquire internet access to his Windows Vista OS laptop when visiting. Given that although I am not completely PC illiterate I am by no means an expert although probably better than most pensioners. Could someone either explain in a simple manner or point me to a tutorial or such on how I can achieve this and what I would need in the way of cables, extra equipment etc. Thanks in advance for any help offered.
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Posted 25 April 2011 - 08:33 AM

I could be wrong, but my understanding of distributing a connection from one line to several computers takes a router, and from there either connect the laptop via wireless or use more cat5 cable to hook the various computers in.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 09:50 AM

You actually have a couple different options.

Did a little checking and Win 7 does have ICS = Internet Connection Sharing.
Using ICS requires a cat5 or above cable and that your PC be turned on for this to work. As well as some configuring of your, the Host, PC.
MS ICS information.

Or a simple network switch and cat5 or above cable would work as well.
This does not need your PC to be turned on in order for your Son to have internet access.
While this method dose involve a minimal $$ investment for the switch and cable it would be my preference for the method used.
Basically plug-n-play.

Edited by ThunderZ, 25 April 2011 - 09:52 AM.


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Posted 26 April 2011 - 09:28 AM

Thanks for the replies guys. Followed your advice ThunderZ and the jobs a good'un, many thanks.
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Posted 26 April 2011 - 07:26 PM

Glad you got it up and running.

Just curious which method you used? ICS or simple switch?




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