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Ok so my new computer has 2 Ethernet ports (as the title probably gave away) and I run it wired from a router that's quite far from my room. With both an Xbox and a laptop which receive mediocre wireless, I was wondering if I could connect an ethernet from my computer to either device?
I did have a quick try however it didn't seem to work on my laptop (which is a macbook pro 2010 model), just wondering if it is possible before I waste more time trying it?
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I'm pretty sure that you can. You'll need to set one of the ports up to do that though. Not sure how.
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Originally Posted by Lyno View Post
Ok so my new computer has 2 Ethernet ports (as the title probably gave away) and I run it wired from a router that's quite far from my room. With both an Xbox and a laptop which receive mediocre wireless, I was wondering if I could connect an ethernet from my computer to either device?
I did have a quick try however it didn't seem to work on my laptop (which is a macbook pro 2010 model), just wondering if it is possible before I waste more time trying it?
You should be able to share it without any problems. Just be sure to enable internet sharing on the computer connected to the router.

Edit: Don't have a ton of time, but heres a quick run down on how to do it. link
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post #4 of 10
Look under Adapter Settings. If it shows two ethernet connections, you can bridge them together. If that is the case, you plug the ethernet from the router/modem into one, and plug the laptop/Xbox into the other.
    
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Better to bridge the connections - ICS is painful and the xbox will complain no end about it.
Go to network connections - select both of them - right click - bridge connections
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Totally possible. Did this before I got a wifi router.

Like Scottath said, you'll want to just "bridge" the two connections. I dont remember exactly how, but its in the port settings on the host computer (i.e. the one with the mobo).
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Originally Posted by scottath View Post
Better to bridge the connections - ICS is painful and the xbox will complain no end about it.
Go to network connections - select both of them - right click - bridge connections
I used ICS for 3 years with my xbox with no issues.

Although bridging would work as well.
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post #8 of 10
and you have to keep your computer on for others to have internet.
a better solution is to get a cheap network switch. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...40%20-%20%2410
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post #9 of 10
Yep, I used to do it with my onboard port and a pci ethernet card before I got an ethernet switch, which works a lot better if you're looking for a permanent solution.
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just go to control panel > network and sharing center then click change adapter settings on the left. ctrl click or drag and select both lan adapters, right click and choose bridge connections. pretty easy
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