Posted on 2005-05-08
Last Modified: 2013-11-30
My neighbor has a wireless router, which sends a signal to my computer so I can have internet connectivity.  My question is, can I re-route the signal I receive from my neighbor to a router which would then send the signal to my other 2 computers.  If so, in respect to my router do I have to plug the computer receiving the internet into the internet jack or the one of the 4 pc jacks on the router.   Also, what configurations would I have to adjust on the network settings.  I am running XP on all computers.
Question by:Docjayman
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    by:Pete Long
    You an share the connection for internat access - to the othet two PC's without using a router? a cheap hub and some ethernet cables will do the trick

    Sharing an Internet Connection

    To share an Internet connection you have the following options.
    1.      Use Windows ICS (internet connection Sharing)
    2.      Use Some Proxy Software
    3.      If your using Cable/DSL use a dedicated switch/router
    4.      If you using Windows 2000 Server use NAT under RRAS

    Since Win98SE all versions of windows have been able to use ICS. One PC has an Internet connection and shares it with other Computers (Hosts) on your network. For a full description of ICS see
    To set up ICS..
    For Win98
    For Win ME
    For Win 2K
    For Win XP
    To Troubleshoot ICS

    To enable your PC to act as a proxy server you need to install Proxy software, then configure the clients to use a proxy server for their Internet connection.
    Business users see
    ISA Server
    Small Office and Home users see
    SOLSoft NSM
    EZProxy (15 Days)
    Proxy+ (31 Days)

    If you have cable or a DSL connection this is the best (though not the cheapest route) to go down. This equipment will plug into your exiting router and do the work for you, you can also get them with built in wireless.

    This is what I use (with 54g wireless)
    Cheaper option (slower wireless)
    Cheapest Option (No Wireless)

    *****Using NAT under RRAS*****
    HOW TO: Configure the NAT Service in Windows 2000;EN-US;310357
    HOW TO: Configure a Windows 2000 Server as a Network Address Translation Server
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    What kind of wireless router does he have?

    If you want to send the signal to the other 2 computers you could do the following.

    1.)  YOu could buy a wireless repeater.  This would take this signal it recives from your neighbour and repeat it, which would send the signal double the distance.

    2.) If the other 2 computers didnt have wireless cards you could buy a Wireless Bridge.  Which would pick up the wireless signal and send it to a switch.  YOu could the run wire from the switch to your 2 computers.

    Author Comment

    I have a NetGear Wireless Router MR814.  I don't have to send the signal wireless to the other 2 computers.  This rounter I have also has 4 ports for hard wiring.  
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    Your best bet is probably to take 2hype's suggestion number two.  The wireless bridge will basically takes the wireless signal and turns it back into wired.

    You'll want to configure the wireless bridge with any SSID and/or wep settings your neighboor setup.  Plug the wireless bridge into the WAN port of your router.   From there, configure the WAN port with whatever IP settings your neighboor gave you.  Once you have the wireless bridge connected to your neighboors wireless network, just think of you neighboor as your ISP.

    Then connect all of you computers directly to YOUR Netgear router, either wired or wireless.  

    A side benefit of connecting all your computers behind your netgear router is that you are pretty much firewalled off from your neighboors computers.  

    Author Comment

    I drew a sketch of what I am trying to accomplish without purchasing other equipment.

    I am hoping to use the first laptop as the bridge if that is possible.  
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    Not purchasing equipment is a little different.  

    PeteLong posted alot of ICS links, but the one specifically you need is a little deeper:

    Basically, this will walk you through the setup you'll need for the picture.  In the directions above, the network connections which you want to right click on in the beginning is your wireless connection.  You wired connection should be selected when you get to the step pictured here:

    Plug the wired network connection from the laptop into the router's WAN port.  Set the routers WAN port to Obtain Address Automtaically.  You have the other two connections right in your diagram.  

    Keep in mind  your laptop will need to be turned on for any of the other computers to access the internet.  

    Author Comment

    This is enough for this post. However I will post again because it is not working yet.  
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    by:Pete Long

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