Windows 7 provides the capability to connect or bridge two different network types through software. This can eliminate the need to buy a hardware device to connect two disparate networks.
Here’s an example. Let’s say you have two networks: in one, the computers are connected with cables; and in the other, the computers are connected using wireless technology.
The wired computers can only communicate with other wired computers, and the wireless computers can only communicate with other wireless computers. With a network bridge, all of the computers can communicate with each other.
To bridge connections, go to Control Panel then click Network and Sharing Center. At this window, click Change adapter settings:
Select the adapters that you want to bridge then select bridge connections:
That’s it! You should be able to network the two networks together.
Take note that for security purposes, you shouldn’t create a bridge between an Internet connection and a network connection because it creates an unprotected link between your network and the Internet, which makes your network accessible to anyone on the Internet.
People with home or small office networks typically use a bridge when they have different types of networks, but they want to exchange information or share files with all of the computers on those networks. The easiest way to do this without having to buy hardware is by using the network bridging in Windows 7.
Ben Carigtan shows you how it’s done!