Is this possible??

jer446

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I was wondering if this is possible.. on windows..
In my basement, i have one computer with wireless. There are no internet lines in the basement, so we used wireless.. Now i just was given this computer that has no wireless and cannot be upgraded, it just has the normal internet jack.. would it be possible to take the internet from the computer with wireless? Just plug a cat5 cable going from the computer with wireless to the one without.. this would solve a lot of my problems lol..
 

aristobrat

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Oct 14, 2005
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IIRC, both OS X and Windows 2000/XP have "Internet Connection Sharing" features that would allow you to do that.

I know you said the other one can't be upgraded. Does that meant you can't use a USB WiFi adapter for it?
 

Makosuke

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Aug 15, 2001
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Like aristobrat said, Windows should have this feature built in; it's apparently set up through the Network Wizzards in XP, although I admit a quick look at the wizzards did not make it look as easy to do as it should be.
 

baummer

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Jan 18, 2005
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jer446 said:
I was wondering if this is possible.. on windows..
In my basement, i have one computer with wireless. There are no internet lines in the basement, so we used wireless.. Now i just was given this computer that has no wireless and cannot be upgraded, it just has the normal internet jack.. would it be possible to take the internet from the computer with wireless? Just plug a cat5 cable going from the computer with wireless to the one without.. this would solve a lot of my problems lol..
Why can't it be upgraded? If you can open the system up, it CAN be upgraded...
 

Kelmon

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Mar 28, 2005
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It's probably easiest to connect the non-wireless computer to the one with the connection BUT if you want another alternative you can get a wireless access point and connect that to PC without a network connection. Normally the access point would be plugged into your router using its ethernet connection but some can be used to act as wireless adaptor (i.e. it connects to your wireless network and sends the communications down the ethernet cable to your PC). As far as the PC is concerned it thinks it is connected to a wired network so no drivers or mucking around with internals is required. I've done this at home since, for reasons I don't understand, the PCI wireless adaptor in an old Windows XP PC won't connect to my Airport Extreme router but the wireless access point provided by my Internet Service Provider does. It's a bit of a kludge but does work.