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    My "friend" lives in halls and when I'm visiting him we'd like to both be able to use our laptops at the same time. However he checked the t&c of his halls and they say switches & routers are not allowed. I am enquiring, on his behalf of course, whether there is any other way?
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      Bridge connections then 'share my connection' with a ethernet cable?
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      (Original post by Ape Gone Insane)
      Bridge connections?
      Sorry, I'm a bit of a n00b and don't understand?

      I found this:
      http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...eral-computers

      But I don't want him to get banned from his halls internet, and also can't see how to connect the host computer to the other one.
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        (Original post by White Trash)
        Sorry, I'm a bit of a n00b and don't understand?

        I found this:
        http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...eral-computers

        But I don't want him to get banned from his halls internet, and also can't see how to connect the host computer to the other one.
        Is the internet wireless?
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        (Original post by Ape Gone Insane)
        Is the internet wireless?
        No :p: That would make things a lot easier. I looked on my computer and asked him and can't see how to connect one to the other.
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          (Original post by White Trash)
          No :p: That would make things a lot easier. I looked on my computer and asked him and can't see how to connect one to the other.
          If you had an ethernet cable from his laptop to yours and if he then, in Network Options, clicked 'Share this connection'. That should work.

          I did this years ago though. Things may have changed. :ninja:
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          (Original post by Ape Gone Insane)
          If you had an ethernet cable from his laptop to yours and if he then, in Network Options, clicked 'Share this connection'. That should work.

          I did this years ago though. Things may have changed. :ninja:
          Yes, I found the share connection option in windows, but I mean the actual physical connection, how do I plug it in? My computer only has 1 ethernet port, so does his. The windows site doesn't explain this either. :confused:
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            (Original post by White Trash)
            Yes, I found the share connection option in windows, but I mean the actual physical connection, how do I plug it in? My computer only has 1 ethernet port, so does his. The windows site doesn't explain this either. :confused:
            Ah :holmes:

            Something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-F5D5050.../dp/B000062R4P ?

            Although I guess hardware like that is similar to a switch and therefore against the T&C of the university.
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              Best option is probably just a broadband USB dongle from Orange or o2.
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              If both computers have wireless cards you should be able to share the connection over wifi.
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                If both computers have wireless cards you should be able to share the connection over wifi.
                Read the damn thread.
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                If both computers have wireless cards you should be able to share the connection over wifi.
                I just managed to do this. Shared my connection then created a wireless network.

                Would it be discoverable in any way?
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                (Original post by White Trash)
                I just managed to do this. Shared my connection then created a wireless network.

                Would it be discoverable in any way?
                Anyone else with a wireless card (i.e. a laptop) will be able to see it. Nobody else will be able to connect though (assuming you put some kind of encryption on (WPA by preference)).
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                (Original post by Chrosson)
                Anyone else with a wireless card (i.e. a laptop) will be able to see it. Nobody else will be able to connect though (assuming you put some kind of encryption on (WPA by preference)).
                Lol, sorry I should have explained. I know other people can see it like that, I meant would the administrators be able to detect it?
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                (Original post by White Trash)
                Lol, sorry I should have explained. I know other people can see it like that, I meant would the administrators be able to detect it?
                It really depends how committed they are to their job and what inspection software they have.
                The short answer is yes, they can detect it if they wanted to.

                However, if the policy is specific about routers and switches (and makes no mention of a general case of allowing a connection through an intermediary device), then it doesn't matter - you're within the terms of use.
                Why not just go and see the administrators and see what they say if it's only for a short period of time?
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                (Original post by White Trash)
                I just managed to do this. Shared my connection then created a wireless network.

                Would it be discoverable in any way?
                It's discoverable in the sense that people can see the network, but to the casual observer it could be any old wifi network. If they're looking, the people managing the network will be able to tell, yes. Whether that's a problem depends on exactly what the rules forbid, which you should probably find out.
               
               
               
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