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Using laptop as bridge

Discussion in 'Networking and Wireless' started by jordan9987, Nov 17, 2005.

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  1. jordan9987

    jordan9987 Newbie

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    Okay,
    I own a Toshiba M40. I am awaiting arrival of the XBOX 360 as well. I want to use my laptop as a wireless bridge to accept the wireless signal form the router, and attach a cable from the laptop to the xbox. is this possible?

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    nickspohn iPhone NBR Reviewer

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    I dont know about the laptop cable to the xbox. but here is from my guide on bridging.
    1E. Network Routing and Bridging
    You use a networking technology called routing to make two or more networks or, to be more technically correct, two network segments, interoperate. A machine that bridged the two networks-that is, the machine with two network adapters-acted like a hardware router, intercepting network traffic and routing it to the correct machine on either network as needed. This routing happens every day on the internet and in large corporate networks all around the world. As a home networking solution, however, its a bit complex and requires a server operating system such as Windows Server or even Linux.

    1F. Network Bridging
    To make this routing possible on home networks, however, Microsoft added a feature called network bridging to Windows XP. You have two networks, perhaps a wired Ethernet network that's connected in some way to broadband internet connection, and a wireless network. But the wireless network connects to the wired network through an XP-based PC that includes both wired and wireless adapters, instead of the simpler wireless access point approach. When you create a network bridge-that is, you bridge, or connect, two different networks-XP creates a single subnet for the whole virtual network, configures the whole mess behind the scenes, and handles ugly details such as IP Addressing, dynamic IP address allocation, and the like. It's an enterprise network in a box, if you will. The results is a single IP address range for all the bridged network connections. (Remember that two or more adapters can be involved in a bridge; you can add and remove adapters from the bridge network whenever you want.) It all sounds really nice, doesnt it? Well, it would be if it worked. The problem is that XP's default method for enabling network bridging is quite broken. Thats right; it often doesnt work at all.
    SO LETS DO IT THE WAY IT WORKS: Creating a network bridge
    1. Open network connections. ( The quickest way is to right click My Network Places and choose properties)
    2. Simultaneously select the two network connections you'd like to bridge, right click, and choose Bridge Connections.

    A network bridge dialog box appears, and the connections are bridged. When the process is completed, Network Connections resembles with a new network bridge section that includes three icons: one for the two bridged network connections and one for the logical bridge by itself. You can configure bridging from this icon.

    1G. Adding/Removing Connections From Networked Bridges
    Adding a network connection to a preestablished network bridge is simplicity itself: Right click the appropriate connectoid in Network Connections and select Add to bridge. XP will churn and bubble a bit, and the deed will be done.
    The steps to remove a particular network connection from the bridge are equally simple: right click the connection you want removed and select remove from bridge. No Fuss, no muss!

    1H. Enabling and Disabling Bridges
    Because a network bridge functions like a single network connection, you can choose to enable, and disable it just as you would with any network connection. When you do so, all the connections in the bridge sre enabled or disabled along with the bridge. To disable a network bridge, right click the bridge icon and choose disable. To enable, do the same but just hit enable.

    1I. Removing a Network Bridge
    If you create a network bridge and it's not all that you hoped and dreamed for, its really easy to remove and return to your previous setup. To do this, you must first remove each of the network connections that are part of the bridge. Then right click the network bridge icon and choose delete. Select yes when XP asks you whether you're sure.

    hope that helped a little
     
  3. jordan9987

    jordan9987 Newbie

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    Thanks.... I think that may work.
     
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