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Sharing a wired lan connection to a wireless laptop on vista

i have 2 laptops, one is connected to a wired lan, i want to share the internet via a wireless network so i can use my other laptop anywhere in the house. ive tried setting up an ad hoc connection but it doesnt work.
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ad hoc is the right way to do it. Can you describe in what way it doesn't work (do you find the internetconnected computer, or not, etc?)
gprempehAuthor Commented:
well everything connects fine...except that the internet doesnt work
gprempehAuthor Commented:
it shows as a local connection rather than a internet connection
In Network Connections, right-click the wired ethernet adapter and choose Properties.
In the window that opens, on the Advanced tab check the appropriate box in the Internet Connection Sharing section.
In XP it's called ''Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection'' - I'm not certain it uses that exact same wording in vista.

When you OK your way out, it will change the IP address on your wireless card to (don't change that if you want the ICS DHCP server to hand out addresses) so if you want to use the wireless card elsewhere you'll need to set it back to 'Obtain address automatically' in the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) binding (right-click the wireless card in Network Connections and choose Properties, then scroll to the bottom in the window that opens, select TCP/IP and click the Properties button)... then change it back to when you want to share your connection wirelessly again.
Depending on how often you need to to that, there's a netsh command to implement that change with the click of a shortcut.

If the other machine is vista too, you may need to recreate the ad-hoc connection each time because of 'security' tweaks microsoft did (makes it not want to make the connection permissions to ad-hoc networks persistent).
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