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Thread: Using laptop w/ wireless card as router?

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    Using laptop w/ wireless card as router?

    Hello,
    I am in a rural setting and getting wireless internet from a neighbor on the same property. At present, we only get a signal at the closest end of the building and usually end up standing with the laptop at the windowsill to use the internet. I don't really have money to purchase a wireless router to leave at the window but want to get internet to my desktop at the other end of the building. Is there a way to run an ethernet cord from my desktop to the wireless-enabled laptop at the window and access the wireless internet that the laptop is picking up?
    Thanks so much

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    Re: Using laptop w/ wireless card as router?

    By the way, I am using UbuntuStudio 64 Hardy on the desktop and will be using Ubuntu Ibex 32bit on the laptop.
    Thanks again!

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    Re: Using laptop w/ wireless card as router?

    bump

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    Re: Using laptop w/ wireless card as router?

    Its not hard. Just setup ip forward on the laptop.
    Last edited by iponeverything; November 18th, 2008 at 05:07 PM.

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    Re: Using laptop w/ wireless card as router?

    yes.. very much possible.. just setup internet connection sharing.. an easy way to do it is using firestarter .. an application.. it has Internet connection sharing support

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    Re: Using laptop w/ wireless card as router?

    Thank you so much for your replys!

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