Robbie Brandrick | 4/28/2013 6:05:53 PM
How to use a Windows 7 Laptop as a wireless adapter for a Raspberry Pi.
I have come across an interesting problem, while living in a rural area. I am in a situation where I would like to use the internet on my Raspberry Pi, but I can only access the internet wirelessly from a specific place in my house.
I would like to use my Laptop to pick up the wireless signal from the hotspot in my house and run an Ethernet cable from my Laptop to the Raspberry Pi to add internet capabilities to the Raspberry Pi.
Connect to the specific Hotspot
Connect the Ethernet Cable from the Laptop to the Raspberry Pi
Note: In my circumstance, I did not need a crossover cable.
Bridge the connection on the Laptop
Open Windows Explorer -> Networking -> Network and Sharing Center -> Change adapter settings
Select both the Wireless Hotspot and Ethernet Connections by holding “Ctrl” and clicking both their icons. Right click and select “Bridge Connections”
A new Icon will appear, after the connection has been successfully bridged.
Turn on the Raspberry Pi
Bam!!! There is now internet on the Raspberry Pi
As you can see this is actually easier than it sounds and allows quick use of the internet on the Raspberry Pi. Furthermore, one could apply the Windows bridging technique to other devices such as an Xbox or utilize similar techniques for Windows 8 or other operating systems.