Internet connection sharing over a Windows® 7 wireless network
Learn about the things one should be careful of while sharing an Internet connection over a Windows 7 wireless network.
Windows 7 provides Shared Access Service through which we can enjoy Internet Connection Sharing. Microsoft Windows 7 can be used to connect our home or small office to the internet through Internet connection sharing. If you are using dial up connection for Internet sharing, it also offers the feature of sharing name resolution services, network address translation with other computers of the network. In order to set up Internet connection the important resource you need is a gateway. Gateway is a computer which acts as a modem. Actually only this computer is directly connected with Internet. Other computers access Internet through this gateway. The entire data request to the internet is transferred through this gateway. All the responses are also transferred through this gateway. You cannot access the internet if the gateway is switched off. There are certain rules for proper sharing of internet. Each network must have unique names and they must belong to the same work group. In Windows 7, the computer name and work group can be changed easily. Right click on ‘Computer’ and select ‘Properties’. From properties you can change the computer name. After changing the name click the ‘OK’ button.
The things that should be kept in mind while sharing an Internet connection over a Windows 7 wireless network are as below:
- Setting up the gateway
- The wireless network
- Trouble with Internet Connection Sharing
Setting up the gateway
The important step while dealing with Internet sharing is the setting up of gateway. You have to connect the modem with your gateway computer. Then only you can enjoy Internet sharing with other computers. In order access Internet you have to go to control panel of that computer and run ‘Network Setup Wizard’ in the network connection window.
The wireless network
You have to set up all the computers in the network. Only then you can enjoy proper internet connection sharing. So, run Network Setup Wizard on every computer in the network. The important thing is that when you run Network wizard in other computers you have to select ‘This computer connects to the Internet through another computer on my network or through a residential gateway’.
Several issues might occur while you use Internet connection sharing. The first thing is that if the gateway is switched off then none of the computers in the network will have access to the network. You can easily access Internet for web and email using Internet sharing. But it is not suitable for downloading, video conferencing and file sharing.
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