USB dongle shares internet from any windows PC

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Brando sells a USB dongle that shares internet connections between Windows computers in no-nonsense fashion: a boon to anyone who’s ever torn their hair out trying to get this configured right using XP’s loopy Internet Connection Sharing feature.

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15 Responses to USB dongle shares internet from any windows PC

  1. Enochrewt says:

    #1: I doubt this will work, I’ve never heard of any USB networking device that works with the Xbox 360 beyond the official wireless network adapter, which is why they charge $99 for it.

    You wouldn’t want to play online with this thing anyway, the latency would be atrocious.

  2. Parkingtigers says:

    I have fond memories of the time I was playing GTA IV online with a friend 7,000 miles away. To get online I had my MacBook on a windowsill at just the right angle to pickup an unlocked wifi signal from down the road. That was then shared via ethernet to my Xbox 360, which then connected via Bluetooth to the wireless controller which had the voice headset plugged into it. Somehow the sheer geekery of this borrowed signal made voice chatting while going on wild gun rampages all the sweeter.

  3. Rob Beschizza says:

    Also, the Evdo connection might not let you use rquired ports.

  4. DeWynken says:

    sweet! Think this will work to share an evdo connection with a xbox 360? My only highspeed is from a Kyocera Evdo PCMIA card through Alltel.

  5. haineux says:

    Just for the record, Macs can do this in three ways:
    1) sharing wired internet (Ethernet cable) over 802.11 wireless, or
    2) sharing wired internet (Ethernet cable) over FireWire, or
    3) sharing wireless internet (802.11) over FireWire.

    Obviously, solutions 2 and 3 require a FireWire cable, as well as two Macs that have FireWire jacks.

    Setting it up is largely intuitive, but varies depending on major OS version. Took me 15 minutes to puzzle it out last time.

    Note to network geeks:
    Almost everything “just worked” except L2TP and PPTP VPN. (My network geek pal says, “That’s because of ICS in Mac OS X not being smart about IKE.”)

  6. paulj says:

    Most of the time, it’s file sharing, not internet connection sharing that’s needed between notebooks. IBM/Lenovo ThinkPads have had IR ports for wireless file transfers since the T20 series eight or nine years ago. When the ports are turned on and you have a bunch of ThinkPads on a conference room table, they start happily beeping when they find each other. The file transfers are fast and without the clumsiness of ad-hoc network configuration.

  7. Katasi says:

    Why not just use a crossover cable?

  8. Garr says:

    Why not make it wireless?

    Besides, I have a notebook and a PS3 sharing my internet connection, no fuss at all.

  9. pork musket says:

    @2 Because even with the crossover cable, configuring everything is a total pain in the ass, at least on windows (haven’t tried on any other OS). This little dongle presumably has software to handle all that.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Y’all should try one o’ them newfangled MacBooks, Ya hear? Easy as pie to connect to any network, as well as printers, scanners, cameras, mouse, keyboard, monitors, other input or output devices…

  11. kpkpkp says:

    @4 (&@2),
    …in other words, a hardware solution to a software problem.

  12. pixleshifter says:

    @#13 the IR in the thinkpads are also perfect for transferring images etc from mobile phone.
    send. accept? yes. done.

  13. Anonymous says:

    if anyone is interested you can share internet connectinos in vista or xp easily. Just use a crossover cable (make one if you dont have one, all you have to do is change the connections between a few wires, google it) then plug it into the ethernet ports of your computer and the device you want to share the connection with (useful way to share wireless with a gaming console or second computer). Next on the computer that already has a connections, open control panel and go to network connections(in “network and sharing centre” in vista) and simply select your existing internet connection and the new connection, right click and select “bridge connections” and youre done.

    This really works great when you want to run two machines but your too lazy to chase cat5 all over your house, or if you have a teenagerrunning a 50 foot ethernet cable up the stairs to play his xbox.

  14. pork musket says:

    @5 Well, sort of. It’s a combination of the hardware and software. You can’t solve the problem without some kind of hardware.

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