How to create a Network Bridge in Windows 8 | 7

A Network Bridge is a hardware or a software, that connects two or more networks – maybe one a wired one and the other a wireless one – so that they can communicate with each other. If you have two (or more) networks running, one using a cable and the other say, a Wi-Fi network, then computers using a wired or the wireless network, will be able to communicate with only those computers running the same type of network. To make all computers communicate with each other, you will have to create a Network Bridge.

Create a Network Bridge in Windows 8

The Windows operating system allows you to create a network Bridge easily, natively. On any given computer, you can create only one Network Bridge on a computer, but this bridge will be able to handle many connections.

To create a Network Bridge, type ncpa.cpl in Run box and hit Enter to open Network Connections. Alternatively you can via Control Panel open Network and Sharing center and from the left panel select Change Adapter settings.

Create a Network Bridge in Windows How to create a Network Bridge in Windows 8 | 7

To create a Network Bridge, you must select at least two LAN or High-Speed Internet connections, that are not being used by Internet Connection Sharing. Select two or more network connection that you want to add to the bridge. As an example, I have selected randomly any two, in the image above.

Right-click on any one of the selected network connections and select Bridge Connections.

You will see a message:

Please wait while Windows bridges the connection.

Once done, the Network Bridge will be created.

You should never create a bridge between an Internet connection and a network connection because it creates an unprotected link between your network and the Internet. This can make your network accessible to anyone on the Internet, which is not good from a security point of view.

Hope this helps!

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  • DuaneM

    “If you have two (or more) networks running, one using a cable and the other say, a Wi-Fi network, then computers using a wired or the wireless network, will be able to communicate with only those computers running the same type of network. To make all computers communicate with each other, you will have to create a Network Bridge.”

    If the 2 networks are on different subnets then yes, this would be true. The average home user does not usually have that type of setup as the wireless AP and Switch are quite often on the same device and the wired network will communicate just fine with devices on the wireless network.

  • Gavin van der Merwe

    @Duane – Think you have missed the point here. The are two entirely separate networks with separate devices!

  • DelRay_666

    Is this not a adapter bridge, not a network bridge. I have two networks with two separate SSIDs that I would like to bridge.

  • jonnyringo

    Yeah, I want to do the same thing, sort of.. I have two networks and I don’t want all of the devices to access both, but I want 1 or 2 (with two NICs installed) to be able to use both networks at the same time without switching network adapters on and off. Would I have to use an ip that works on both? Set up both networks with the same network address?

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