Configuring Windows® XP as a Network Bridge
Get to know more about a network bridge and how to create one in Windows XP
Windows XP comes with better features and easy-to-use options. It has options that allow users to configure a network. Windows XP can be used for configuring a network using any of the networking concepts. Windows XP allows connecting a number of network adapters simultaneously with a router. But this often ends up an inconvenience when the network adapters are of different types like a combination of Ethernet and USB adapters. In this case, only the computer which is equipped with the router can see other systems in the 'Network Neighborhood'. This is where the bridging protocol comes into help. By configuring a network bridge, the users can create a small network that includes different network adapters.
Here is more on Network Bridge and guidelines for configuring Windows XP as a Network Bridge:
- Features of Network Bridge
- Creating a Network Bridge
- Initializing Properties
Features of Network Bridge
Network Bridge is a networking concept that allows users to create a network that contains systems that use different adapters. In other words, a network bridge makes it possible to connect systems that use different network standards such as Ethernet, wireless 802.11b, etc. The network bridge can be configured easily in just a few clicks. The requirements of Network Bridge include Windows XP on the system which acts as the bridge. Also the system should be equipped with all of the network adapters that are used by other computers.
Creating a Network Bridge
To create a network bridge, open 'My Network Places'. Select multiple network connections by holding the 'Ctrl' key while clicking. After the selecting is done, release the 'Ctrl' key and right click on any network connection. Now click on 'Bridge Connections'. A message will be displayed saying "Please wait while Windows bridges the connections". Once it is connected a 'Network Bridge' section will be displayed under your 'Network Connections'.
Once the network bridge is created you can adjust its properties like in any other network adapter. To adjust the settings right click on 'Network Bridge' and select 'Properties'. The 'Section Adapters' displays the list of all network adapters which are part of the network bridge. You can configure the TCP/IP properties by selecting the 'Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)' and then clicking on 'Properties'. Define the IP address manually if you are using a home network. Now all of the systems will be displayed in the 'My Network Places' of every system in the network.
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