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Right, I have a wireless network at home, and a server without a wireless adaptor, I also have upteen amounts of ethernet cables lying around. There is a laptop in the same room as the server, with a wireless connection, would there be a way to connect the server to the internet using the laptop?

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The answer is yes, but your question is just a bit broad. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams May 14 '10 at 16:05

You could just connect the server to the wireless router directly with your cable.

Otherwise, you're going to need to be a lot more specific about the type of server, laptop, and network.

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You can connect the server to the laptop with a crossover cable. Depending on what operating system the machines are running, there are different methods you can use to connect to the internet through the laptop. On Windows, there is Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) for example.

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A lot of modern computers have auto-crossover ports. Try a straight cable before trying to track-down/make a crossover cable. – Fake Name May 15 '10 at 11:43

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