problem connecting laptop to pc internet

  anti_rod 15:52 23 May 2009

Good afternoon,

I have a desktop that has virgin internet via a bt phone line. It makes this connection using a speedtouch 330 modem which connects via usb to the desktop. I was wondering if it is possible to connect my laptop to the pc in order to use the pc's internet connection.

I have tried connecting directly using an ethernet cable and it recognises they are connected, i.e i can move files across, etc, and the laptop seems to think it is connected to the internet, however, when i load internet explorer on the laptop, it does not respond. Also, i have tried connecting the two up using a wireless router with an ethernet cable from desktop to router but again the internet connection cannot be made on the laptop.

is there anything i need, or settings that must be changed to allow this (i have allowed the sharing of internet connection on desktop)

Many thanks

  mgmcc 22:23 23 May 2009

You need to connect the two computers with a *CROSSOVER* ethernet cable. Then enable "Internet Connection Sharing" on the actual internet connection (modem connection) in the 'Host' PC.

When you enable ICS, Windows will configure the network adapter used to connect to the 'Client' PC with the IP address and Subnet Mask

The 'Client' PC's network adapter should be set to get its IP address automatically, which it does by DHCP from the 'Host' PC.

If you are using the Zone Alarm firewall in the 'Host' PC, the Internet Zone Security level needs to be reduced to Medium, otherwise ICS traffic will be blocked.

  anti_rod 11:47 24 May 2009

thank you very much, i shall give that a go. thanks again

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