Share Internet Connection between Two Computers using Wired or Wireless Connection

How to Share Internet Connection between Two Computers using Wired and Wireless Connection? Here are some steps discussed in order to connect two Computers on a same network whether its wired or wireless connection. If you have more than one computer at home and have only one internet connection, you want to access Internet in both the computer then follow the steps described below in this tutorial to connect on a same network.

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Sharing Internet Using Wired Connection (LAN)

Assume that there are two Computers A and B. Let Computer A runs on Windows Vista and Computer B runs on Windows XP. Computer A is connected to Internet via cable (or LAN connection), so this will be connected through a LAN card. In order to connect Computer B, you will need another LAN card in computer A or if you want to connect to more than one computer, you will need a wired hub.

  • Before connecting the two Computers, you should enable Sharing and Discovery. To do this, click start then go to Control Panel then Network and Sharing Center. Under the section Sharing and Discovery, enable Network discovery, File Sharing, Public folder sharing and others if you want to

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  • If the computer is having LAN card installed in it that is connecting to another computer, it will be shown under Network Connections, which is in the control panel
  • Right click that local area connection and click properties

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  • Under the tab Networking, click the properties Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
  • Click the radio button to Use the following IP’ and give an IP address.  (For example, IP address: 192.168.0.1 and Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0). Don’t provide any other information, Click OK and close everything.

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  • In computer B, make sure you enable the LAN card which is used to connect to computer ‘A’. Here there is no need of providing any IP information as Computer ‘A’ will assign an IP address dynamically. If it’s not working make sure there are no IP assigned and change the properties to ‘Obtain an IP address automatically’
  • Test the connection by pinging. You can do this by typing ping followed by the Computer A’s IP address in the command prompt
  • Right click LAN card which is connected to Internet under Control Panel’s Network Connections and click Sharing tab and enable both the options to share Internet. But, make sure that unless there is another enabled LAN setting you will not be able to see the shared tab under properties
  • Click OK and close. This option is given by the Windows OS known as ICS (Internet Connection Sharing).

Upon completion of all the steps, you can now use Internet from both Computer A and Computer B from a single connection.

Sharing Internet Using Wireless Connection

Wireless connection between two Computers can be Set up through Gateway.

Set your computer to Wireless network before proceeding further. For this, go to control panel and then to Network and Internet Connection and set the wireless connection on your Computer.

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Set up the computer with the modem connected to it – being the gateway, it will supply all other computers with Internet access. For this, click the Control Panel, then go Network Connections. It is here you can run the Network Setup Wizard after choosing Set up a home or small office network.

Go on by clicking next through the wizard until you get a screen called Select a connection method. Here pick ‘This computer connects directly to the Internet. The other computers on my network connect to the Internet through this computer’. Then, you only have to click next until you finish with this section. Answer ‘yes’ to turn on file and printer sharing when it’s suggested to do so. Now, your computer can finally become a gateway to the Internet.

Next, you need to set up the other computers on the network to be able to use the gateway that was generated previously. For this, you need to run the Network Setup Wizard on every computer, but this time makes sure to select This computer connects to the Internet through another computer on my network or through a residential gateway.

Upon completion, all the computers will be connected on a wireless network and can now access Internet. But, if the gateway Computer is turned off, then none of the computer will have access to the Internet.

The above discussed method will help you share Internet connection on the Computers using both wired and wireless connection.

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