How to Use Bluetooth to Get an Internet Connection From a PC to a Laptop
By Meg North
Share your Internet connection between a desktop and a laptop through Bluetooth in a few easy steps. The basic principle for setting up the connection is to pair the two devices, then use the PC's LAN (local area network) connection to locate and connect to the laptop's Bluetooth connection. The Internet connection on the laptop is encapsulated within the laptop's Bluetooth wireless signal. Once the two computers are connected, browse the Internet on the laptop.
Plug a Bluetooth dongle into a USB port on each computer, if one or both does not have Bluetooth installed on the operating system.
Click "Start," then "Control Panel" and "Network and Internet" on the PC. Click "Set up a new Bluetooth enabled device." Click the "Devices" tab and click "Add" to launch the Bluetooth Wizard. Click "My device is set up and ready to be found." Select the laptop and click "Finish."
Repeat Step 2 with the laptop. The two devices are now paired.
On the PC, return to the "Network and Internet" dialog box and click "Network and Sharing Center." Click "Local Area Network Connection" and right-click to open a menu.
Click "Properties" to open the Properties dialog box. Click the "Sharing" tab and check the box next to "Enable Internet Connection Sharing for this Connection."
Right-click the Bluetooth icon in your PC system tray to bring up a menu. Click "Advanced Configuration" to open the Bluetooth Configuration dialog box.
Click the "Local Services" tab and click "Network Access." Select "Allow other devices to access the Internet/LAN via this computer" from the drop-down menu. Click "OK" to save.
Click the Bluetooth icon in the system tray of the laptop desktop. Click "Entire Bluetooth Network" to show all Bluetooth connections. You will see the PC server icon.
Right-click on the PC server icon and click "Connect Network Access" on the menu. The Bluetooth connection is established.
Click the connection icon to open the "Bluetooth Connection Status" dialog box. The Bluetooth connection status is listed and you can disconnect the connection.
Meg North has written professionally since 2008 as an online copywriter for the Sturbridge Yankee Workshop. She also published a short story in "The Maine Scholar." North has a Bachelor of Arts in media writing from the University of Southern Maine.