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Bridging Windows 8.1 laptop to a Windows 7 laptop

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    Windows 8.1

    Bridging Windows 8.1 laptop to a Windows 7 laptop


    Hi everyone,

    I have 2 laptops, my Win8.1 laptop is a HP Pavilion dv7 and my other laptop is a Dell XPS M1530 running Win7. My HP can access the internet on a wireless network at 75-85Mbps (my incoming internet connection is 75Mbps) while my Dell (which is 3 ft. away can only access the same wireless connection at 15-20Mbps. I'm trying to bridge the HP to the Dell with cable to increase the download speed of the Dell, hopefully. I am having some problems and need step-by-step guidance on how to achieve what I want to do. I know its possible but I'm rusty and not afraid to admit I need help LOL.

    Very appreciative,

    JP

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    Posts : 1,883
    7601.18247.x86fre.win7sp1


    Why not try to fix the Dell properly?

    In Device Manager, right click the wireless. Choose Properties. Details tab. Change the dropdown to say hardware ids. Copy/paste the lines shown below to a new post here.

    CTRL + A = selects all
    CTRL + C = copy
    CTRL + V = paste

    Also, you should update your router's firmware to latest. We might have other settings to put, depending on the information requested above.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks for the advice Master Chief but your advice didn't help. I did find out something, if I connect the Dell laptop direct to the router with capable of 85Mbps but connecting with cable has a different SSID (my old SSID) than connecting wirelessly.

    Is this normal or do I have a setup problem with the router or laptop?

    Thanks again, JP
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    7601.18247.x86fre.win7sp1


    lol of course it didn't help, since you never copied/pasted the info I asked for. heh heh

    Ya, wireless and wired each have their own mac address (hardware address) so the router will always see each as their own connection.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    LOL, sorry MSG (yeah, I'm a Vietnam vet.

    I thought you meant to put those 3 items in the dropdown. I've just been so frustrated I can't think straight or maybe it's the wine.

    I will do as you request ASAP.

    Thanks for your understanding.

    JP
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  6. #6


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Here you MSG,

    PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_4328&SUBSYS_000A1028&REV_03
    PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_4328&SUBSYS_000A1028
    PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_4328&CC_028000
    PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_4328&CC_0280

    Thanks much for the help,

    JP
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    7601.18247.x86fre.win7sp1


    You don't get any special consideration for being a Vietnam vet; now get with the program soldier! (Anything less would be inconsiderate of me. Intended in respect.)

    HP(Broadcom) Wireless LAN Adapters Windows XP Driver, V.5.60.18.9 | Wireless Driver & Software

    Try to install the driver at the above link and see if it helps Dell machine out a bit.

    You're welcome.
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    7601.18247.x86fre.win7sp1


    If it doesn't install well and update the driver, please tell me if the Dell is a 32 bit or 64 bit Windows machine.

    I can edit the installer for you so it installs easily for 32 bit, but if it is 64 bit, then there would be a few extra steps necessary on your part.
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  9. #9


    I figure we might was well combine these threads since they are from the same person with the same problem.

    The Windows 7 driver I found from 2011 should fix this problem for good but who knows which driver will work best.

    Bridging between Win8 laptop and Win7 laptop - Windows 7 Help Forums
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