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
          ``--> 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.


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

works pretty much the same way in Windows 7, use ( for the Windows 7 LAN connection and use ( with 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 is your windows 7 machine then use as IP and 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 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

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.


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