View Full Version : How to temporally connect a PC to wifi?

29-05-2012, 09:13 AM
I need to connect a PC to my wifi on a temporary basis (ok can't get to my upstairs home office because of a foot op!).*
Is is possible to connect to the network via cable to a laptop?!
Many thanks


29-05-2012, 09:24 AM
I think so if you enable windows connection sharing on the laptop, but I've never tried it so I don't know what's involved. You also may need a crossover ethernet cable although GigE is supposed to auto detect so it may work with a straight cable also.

29-05-2012, 09:34 AM
Yeah you'll likely need a crossover cable. You'll have to give the PC and the laptop's lan adapter an IP address, then allow ICS for the wireless adapter. I believe you set the default gateway of the PC to be the address of the laptop's lan adapter.

It's how I currently get my xbox online from my room.


29-05-2012, 11:02 AM
The Warehouse has wireless usb dongles for around $24 sometimes on special down to $16, don't add the whole circuit from the cd just put in the driver and use Windows Wireless Zero Configuration:


I use these devices quite often, very successfully, on existing wifi networks where an older computer/laptop needs to be connected into the network.

01-06-2012, 11:11 AM
Got a $35 USB dongle - plugged it in and that was it!

01-06-2012, 11:56 AM
Surely you must have had to put in a network code//password, dangerous to run your wifi with no security at all, someone will come along war-driving and use all your allocation.

01-06-2012, 12:07 PM
Of course I had to log into my wifi!