How to create Network Bridge
Hello Folks, hope everybody is doing well!!!
Today I am going to write about how to create a Network Bridge Connection in Windows environment.
I have tested this scenario in Windows 10 and works fine.
So here is a bit of hint why I was testing Bridge Connection.
Last week there was 3 days holiday here in UAE. I live in villa compound where Internet connection is provided by the landlord. One of the Ethernet switches went down and unfortunately, my Wireless Access Point was connected to that ☹☹
I do have Laptop and Mobile devices, however, I needed the Internet connection to my Desktop/Workstation where I do most of my project work. The landlord has given me the password for neighborhood Wireless Access Point. Which has open the door to Internet Access. I needed Internet Access on the Desktop as well. So I thought of using the feature of Bridge Connection in Windows.
Below is the process to get Internet Access on your Desktop from a Laptop without buying a USB Wireless USB Adapter. Just for your information this was a temporary solution for me 😊😊
I hope somebody will find this guide useful 😊😊😊
- Laptop with Internet Access
- 1 Ethernet Cable
- And the Super Workstation
Step by Step to Create Network Bridge Connection:
First, find the IP Address of your Home Network
You can do this with below simple command
Press + R key from your Keyboard
Type cmd and Hit Enter from Keyboard
Type ipconfig /all and Hit Enter in the black window (screen color might vary 😊)
Following is the IP range in my Home Network 192.168.0.XXX. Note down the Default Gateway and DNS Servers IP Address. This information will be used for Desktop IP configuration.
Kindly note down the Wireless Adapter IP Address.
Now connect the Ethernet Cable from your Laptop to Desktop/Workstation.
Login to the Desktop
Go to Control Panel and Open Network and Sharing Center
Here is how it looks in my environment.
Note: Ethernet Cable is not connected at the time of preparing the document, hence the Ethernet icon shows ×
Now right-click on Ethernet icon and go to properties
Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and Click on Properties
Assign an IP Address to the Ethernet. The IP Address should be in your Home Network Range.
Also, make sure that this IP address is not being used on your home network. You can confirm this by the below-mentioned command from the laptop.
Press + R key from your Keyboard
Type cmd and Hit Enter from your Keyboard
Let say you have chosen to use the following IP for Desktop 192.168.0.185
Now type ping 192.168.0.185
You should get something similar like this
This means you can use the IP on the Desktop.
So, let’s go back to the IP configuration page of the Ethernet and assign the IP.
Select Use the following IP address:
Gateway and DNS Servers IP address was noted down before from below mentioned command output
So kindly use the correct Default Gateway and DNS Server IP. Otherwise, you will not have Internet access from the Desktop. After configuring the correct IP address click on OK.
Now go back to Control Panel, Network and Sharing Center. And click on Change adapter settings.
Select Ethernet and Wireless Adapter at the same time and right-click. Now click on Bridge Connections
It will take few seconds to create Bridge Connection and below window will appear on the screen
You will see below icon once Bridge Connection is successfully created.
All Set!!! Now you should have access to the Internet from your Desktop. Hope this guide was helpful for you.