Bridge Connections?

Posted on 2007-10-06
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
In Network Places, when I go under properties, there is an option that says Bridge Connections.  What does that mean and when would someone use it?
Question by:al4629740
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    A device that connects two local-area networks (LANs), or two segments of the same LAN that use the same protocol, such as Ethernet or Token-Ring. Please read link below:

    And how to:

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    So basically, if I have two ethernet cards in a machine, I can make them act like a hub?
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    It's like connecting one type on interface to another. Ethernet to FireWire

    Typically in Windows XP, it'll bridge two connections the Ethernet to a 1394 (FireWire) port. So you can run TCP/IP over firewire. The other common one is Ethernet to Wireless so you relay the network from your built in ethernet to a wireless network.

    But don't confuse this with sharing. Sharing normally creates what's called a NAT which divides your network with the external network.

    Hope this helps,




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    For example, if you have a computer with a nic card that has no connection to the internet and you have a laptop with wireless connection and a LAN port, you can connect to a wireless network and bridge that internet through your laptop to the desktop.
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    Do you have 2 internal adapters?
    maybe you have added a network card and have an onboard network card?
    Maybe this guide can explain it better
    Network Bridging Guideline

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