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Bridge Wireless and LAN

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by master-s, Apr 8, 2005.

  1. master-s

    master-s Private E-2

    [font=&quot]Ok I have a question is it possible to setup a network Bridge via wireless and LAN when one is not connected. This is what I am thinking. I am sitting in at my desk and I am using my laptop with the wireless enabled and then I decided I want to connect to the network with a hardwire because I can get faster speeds for transfusing files...I don't want to go through the trouble of having to turn off the wireless on the laptop because it has bluetooth and if I turn of the wireless it also turns that off as well that and I am lazy.
    So if I am connected via the wireless and LAN I am just going to end up confusing the network like hell [​IMG].

    I Thought if I setup a network bridge between the Wireless and LAN adapter through windows XP that this would solve the problem. But when I don't have the LAN connected my bridge no longer works. It seems like the bridge only works when both are connected at the same time.

    Does anyone know of a way around this.[/font]
  2. cat5e

    cat5e MajorGeek

    The whole idea of a bridge is to make things working together and make it one network.

    So making a bridge is exactly the opposite of what you want to achieve.

    You can disable one connection by right click on the icon and choose Disable for the specific connetion.

  3. master-s

    master-s Private E-2

    I know that is the whole Idea of creating the network bridge I was just wondering if there would be a way that I would not have to disable the other network connection.
    I also thought this may be helpful for the reps that I work with that barely know how to turn on their laptop.
  4. Jawa Slayer

    Jawa Slayer Corporal

    I don't think you really need a bridge. Having both a wireless and a LAN on at the same time shouldn't confuse the computer. A bridge would only be neccessery if you wanted ONE computer to connect through YOUR computer to ANOTHER computer which that computer isn't connected to. But to answer your question, no, I don't think you can create a bridge with only one of the connections active, although the simple way to check would be to try. I assume you don't unplug either of the connections from your computer, so the other connection is just sitting in the Network Connections folder, disconnected? Just high-light both connections and pick the bridge connection option from the menu. If it don't work, it don't work! Worth a try.

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