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I'm trying to provide a wired ethernet connection (wireless is not an option for this device) to a device (Samsung blu-ray player) without running Cat5 cable all over the home. I have a PC sitting next to this device and the PC is connected to the network via a wireless USB adapter.

Is it possible to provide a wired connection from the PC to the wired device using the (currently unused) ethernet port in the back of the computer?

Here's how I envision the device getting connected to the internet via my network:

Linksys WRT54G v8 Wireless Router
  |
   ``--> Windows 7 PC connected via wireless
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          ``--> Blu-ray player connected via wired connection to the 
               ethernet port on the PC.

If so, how is this done? Will I need a crossover cable? What settings will I need to change in Windows 7 so that the device can connect?

NOTE: I'm trying to avoid having to buy a wireless bridge and/or hacking a router with an open-source firmware to get this to work. See my previous question for more details.

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Step by step Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) setup in Vista

works pretty much the same way in Windows 7, use 192.168.0.1 (255.255.255.0) for the Windows 7 LAN connection and use 192.168.0.2 (255.255.255.0) with 192.168.0.1 as gateway and DNS server for the bluray player.

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Thanks for the link. On that site, it specifically mentions setting up a PC as the client device. I need to make sure I can configure my blu-ray device accordingly. –  Ben McCormack Jan 2 '10 at 18:02
    
Also, do you know if this requires a crossover cable or will a regular patch cable work? –  Ben McCormack Jan 2 '10 at 18:07
    
regular ethernet cable. as for configuring the device, i'm sure you can specify IP, subnet and gateway, if 192.168.0.1 is your windows 7 machine then use 192.168.0.2 as IP and 192.168.0.1 as gateway/DNS server on the bluray player. –  Molly7244 Jan 2 '10 at 18:19
    
In this sense, am I setting up my Win7 machine as a router? I have a router already with IP of 192.168.1.1. Should I make the Win7 machine static and use DHCP or static on the device? –  Ben McCormack Jan 2 '10 at 18:27
    
@Ben: sorta. it's more like a bridge than a router, but it's not exactly that either. you should leave your Win7 wireless connection alone; whatever it currently uses will continue to work. the wired connection, and the blueray, well, for 2 connections it's probably easiest just to set them as static addresses. –  quack quixote Jan 2 '10 at 18:40
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This might sound silly. I can do webpage HTML coding, but wires get tangled up...

How do you play the BluRay movie on your Win7 PC player through the multi-line router (has the DSL connection) to the BluRay player's LAN connection that is connected to the TV by HDMI?

It took me forever to find out how to play a .DVI movie on my PC through a 25' HDMI to HDMI connection on my HD TV. I had to use multi-display mode on my monitor setup and DRAG the movie in the player (in this case DIVX player) to the other monitor...whew...that was an adventure.

Thanks.

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