How to Connect a PS2 to the Internet Through a Laptop

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How to Connect a PS2 to the Internet Through a Laptop
Your laptop's wireless card can share an Internet connection with your PS2. (Laptop image by Marek Kosmal from

A home with a wireless Internet connection can be a problem when you want to connect your PS2's wired modem. A laptop with a wireless card can bridge the gap between the devices, however, and get your PS2 online. The process works equally well for Windows and OS X computers.

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Things you need

  • Windows or OS X laptop
  • Cat-5 cable
  • PS2 modem

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  1. 1

    Connect the PS2. Plug one end of a Cat-5 cable into your PS2 modem, and the other end into your Windows laptop.

  2. 2

    Open the connections manager. From XP, access the connections from the Control Panel. In Windows 7 or Vista, click on "Manage Connections" in the Network and Sharing Center.

  3. 3

    Right-click on your wireless connection and choose "Properties." You may need administrative privileges to access these options.

  4. 4

    Click the "Sharing" tab, and check the box marked "Share this connection." Most systems only allow you to share one connection, and you may need to deselect this box for your other connections or disable other connections before this tab will appear.

  5. 5

    In the "Networking" tab, choose "Internet Protocol Version 4" and click the "Properties" button. Note the IP and DNS settings for your connection.

  6. 6

    Turn on your PS2. Use your modem's disc or an in-game menu to access the system's network properties. Change the IP and DNS configuration to match your laptop.

    OS X

  1. 1

    Connect your PS2 to your OS X laptop with a Cat-5 cable.

  2. 2

    Open your System Preferences. Click the "Apple" button from the OS X main screen. Choose "System Preferences," and "Sharing."

  3. 3

    Select "Internet Sharing," and choose your wireless network. Choose your physical network port as the output and save the settings.

  4. 4

    Open the Terminal from your "Applications" folder. Type "ifconfig" and press "Enter." Search the text for the "inet 6" information, and note the IP address (several numbers separated by periods) listed before "netmask."

  5. 5

    Turn on your PS2 system, and insert your modem's disc or a game with online capability. From the menu of either disc, ensure the PS2's network configuration matches the OS X laptop.

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