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Windows 7 LAN Internet Connection and Sharing With PC Desktops

A quick guide to connect to network data between desktops over LAN on windows 7/Vista.


In this wireless world of internet connections, there is the LAN way to connect 2 PC desktops or laptops along with the quicker WiFi ad-hoc internet connection method comes into play. However, not everybody has a wireless card installed on their PC / computers, the LAN internet connection, i.e. to create a local area network (LAN) is the origin of sharing internet and files/folders for which the steps required to create this connection on Windows 7 or Vista are given as follows.

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See also Share Internet Connection Via Wifi Hotspot, Bluetooth and USB Tethering

Steps to Connect your PC with LAN Internet Connection to Another PC

  1. At first, you need to go out and buy the straight patch Ethernet LAN cable. Make sure that “patch” or “crossover” is written on the cord.
  2. Connect them to both the computers.
  3. Go to “Network and Sharing Center” through the Control Panel.
  4. Select “Network Connection” and right click Local Area Network connection and select “Properties”local-area-connection-properties
  5. Now select “Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4)” and click “Properties”.
  6. Now, once you are inside the TCP/IP properties of your computer, click “Use the following IP” and enter as IP address and as subnet mask. Leave the other details blank and click “OK”internet protocol ip properties
  7. Now go to TCP/IP properties of the second computer and enter the same details except the IP address, which should be and click “OK”.
  8. Done. Now the networks are operatable. You might need to restart both the computers in some cases.
  9. Now, if you’re looking to SHARE the internet connection between 2 computers, go to Local Area Network properties again and click on the Sharing tab. Select “Enable internet connection sharing”.
  10. To share files and folders between the 2 computers, go to the properties of that file/folder and select Sharing tab. Click “Share” to share on the network.

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10 thoughts on “Windows 7 LAN Internet Connection and Sharing With PC Desktops

  1. Shridhar says:

    Its not working,when I tried to change IP address of the PC which gets its internet via wifi dongle,after that wifi is not receiving the internet.

  2. Liva Engstrom says:

    Make sure that each computer with Internet access is well protected from security threats. At the minimum, each computer should have its Internet connection protected with a firewall and Windows should be updated with the latest critical updates from Microsoft Windows Update. If malicious activity comes though one computer, the activity can quickly spread through the entire network. The Network window opens and displays computers with shared folders that are detected on local networks.

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