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WinXP Network Bridge:
The network bridge provides an inexpensive and easy way to connect
Local Area Network (LAN) segments. In the SOHO (Small Office Home
Office) LAN, to create a network with more than one segment, we have two
options: routing or bridging. The network bridge, in contrast, allows us
to connect LAN segments by selecting the appropriate network connection
icons and clicking Bridge Connections. Similar buttons allow you to
enable the bridge and add connections to it. The network bridge manages
your LAN segments and creates a single subnet for the entire network.
There is no configuration required, and you do not need purchase
additional hardware such as routers or bridges. IP addressing, address
allocation, and name resolution is highly simplified in a single subnet
The network bridge can create connections between different types of
network media. In a traditional (SOHO) network, when using mixed media
types we need a separate subnet for each type of media, and packet
forwarding is required between each one of the network's multiple
subnets. Packet forwarding is required because different protocols are
used for different types of media. Windows Network Bridge automates the
configuration required in order to forward information from one type of
media to another.
Only one bridge may exist on a Windows XP computer, but it can be used
to bridge as many different network connections as the computer can
physically accommodate. For information about creating a network bridge,
see: WonXP Hwlp: Bridge Connections.
Internet Connection Sharing, Internet Connection Firewall, Discovery and
Control, and Network Bridge are not available on Windows XP 64-Bit
To bridge connections:
1.) Open Network Connections.
2.) Under LAN or High-Speed Internet select each of the private network
connections that you want to be part of the bridge.
3.) Right-click one of the highlighted private network connections, and
then click Bridge Connections.
You must select at least two eligible network connections in order
for Bridge Connections to create a bridge.
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- Updated 11/07/2004