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Combining ethernet and wifi networks

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December 13, 2012 12:36:29 PM

I'd like to know if there is some easy-ish way to combine wifi and ethernet in a network.
Since a picture says a thousand words, here's what I want to achieve:


I use the desktop computer as a file and media server using windows home group.
I have the laptop running windows 7 connected to the TV.
So far I've been using just wifi, but when I try to stream movies from my desktop to the laptop I get freezes and glitches.
I can't connect both my desktop and laptop wired to the ADSL router, since it's behind a wall I'm not allowed to drill trough.
I have a spare network switch and cables, so I was thinking I could connect the ethernet adapters on the desktop and laptop together trough the switch, I'm just not sure how to configure the computers.


Does anyone have any sugestions?
December 13, 2012 4:24:53 PM

assign static IP to the two computer like 192.168.50.xxx and network mask of 255.255.255.0

Do NOT assign a Gateway and DNS server IP
December 13, 2012 4:58:59 PM

I tried that, and it seems to work on my desktop, but my laptop keeps turning my wireless network adapter off.

I set the routers DHCP to only give out adresses from 10.0.0.10 to 1.0.0.255
Then I gave my desktops ethernet adapter the static IP 10.0.0.2, and the laptops ethernet adapter 10.0.0.3 (The router is 10.0.0.1)

I don't understand why my laptop keeps turning off my wireless card.
I go to "network and sharing center", then "change adapter setings" and right click the wirless adapter and choose "diagnose".
Then it says that it's turned off, and turns it on. After a few seconds it's turned off again.
And I need both the wired and wireless connections to work, since I need to reach the internet from the laptop as well.

Might bridging the two network interfaces on my desktop be an idea?
I'm not 100% sure how network bridging works, but wouldn't that effectively connect the switch to my wifi?


December 13, 2012 6:08:43 PM

It may be a bios setting. Some laptops also install network selection managers that are not part of windows. This is not a standard windows thing you need to look for software option in vendor software. Maybe if you posted the model of pc it maybe someone that knows would see the post.
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