Learn about connection bridge in Windows® 7
Discuss about the Internet connection sharing and Network Bridge in Windows 7 system? Explain the role and importance of Internet connection sharing and Network Bridge?
The Windows 7 is the Operating System from Microsoft Corporation with many advanced security features like Internet security, firewall protection and the antivirus softwares. Due to its excellent security features, Windows 7 is the most recommended Operating System for home and business desktops, laptops, Netbooks, tablet PCs, and media center PCs. This OS is featured with superior touch and handwriting recognition, virtual hard disks support, new networking API, superior performance on multi-core processors, recovered boot performance, DirectAccess and kernel advancements. A network bridge is a software or hardware that is employed for facilitating the communication between two or more networks. You could create only one Network Bridge on a computer. The single bridge is enough for handling any number of network connections. The Internet connection sharing facilitates the sharing of the single Internet connection among several computers.
The details of the Internet connection sharing and Network Bridge and its roles and importance are mentioned below:
- Internet connection sharing (ICS)
- Creating a Network Bridge
- Roles and importance
Internet connection sharing (ICS)
The ICS helps you to share a public Internet connection with a private home or small business network. In such a network, a single computer is selected as the ICS host. The ICS host possesses at least two network adapters. When one is connected to the Internet, the others are connected to the private network. The ICS, which regulates all Internet traffic, uses Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) to allocate private IP addresses on the network. The Network Address Translation (NAT) is used to allow the connection of multiple computers on the private network to the public network.
Creating a Network Bridge
Inorder to create the network bridge, open the control panel by pressing the start button. Choose ‘network sharing center’ from the ‘network and Internet option’. Then select the ‘manage network connection’ option. Now you have to select each network connection that you want to add to the bridge by holding the ctrl button. Click on the ‘bridge connection’ option which appears when you right click on the selected networks.
The network bridge and the Internet connection sharing allow the communication between two or more networks and the access of multiple users to the Internet through a single connection by using Dial-Up Networking and local networking. The ICS is capable of resolving the Internet names of the connected devices by providing transparent network configuration using Domain Name System (DNS) and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) to resolve Internet names. The connected devices and software are provided with inclusive protocol support.
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