To enable or disable the network bridge


Open Network Connections


Under Network Bridge, right-click Network Bridge, and select one of the following:

To enable Network Bridge, click Enable.

To disable Network Bridge, click Disable.


To open Network Connections, click Start, click Control Panel, click Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections

You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure. 

You must use Bridge Connections to create the network bridge before you enable it.

If you disable the network bridge, computers on your network will be unable to communicate with computers that are on different network segments. Some of the computers on your network may also lose Internet connectivity.

If you remove adapters from the network bridge, and less that two adapters remain, the network bridge will not perform its intended function, but will continue to use system resources.

There must be at least two adapters connected to the bridge in order for it to function.

Internet Connection Sharing, Internet Connection Firewall, Discovery and Control, and Network Bridge are not available on Windows XP 64-Bit Edition. 

Home and small office networking components overview

Network Bridge overview

Add a connection to the network bridge

Remove the network bridge

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