Wireless network

  CutNpaste 21:56 05 Dec 05
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Hi everybody,
is there a way to setup a wireless networks between my pc and laptop. I have all the neccessary technology and also have a bebox.
i want to be able to print and share files wirelessly.
is there a software which makes this networking simple.
cheers

  keewaa 22:21 05 Dec 05
  mgmcc 22:40 05 Dec 05

<<< I have all the neccessary technology and also have a bebox. >>>

If by "all the necessary technology" you mean that you have a Wireless Network Adapter installed in each PC, then you can connect them in an "Ad Hoc" wireless network without any additional hardware or software.

Assuming you are not wanting to share an internet connection, you need to configure each wireless adapter to connect to an "Ad Hoc" network (may be described as Peer-to-Peer), give each the same SSID (network name) and allocate a fixed IP address to each, such as:

PC1 - IP address 192.168.0.1

PC2 - IP address 192.168.0.2

BOTH - Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0

Set any folders that you want to have available over the network as "Shared" in their Properties.


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My standard 'blurb' on Wireless Networking:
(normally for internet access too)

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To create a wireless network for Internet access and File/Printer sharing, you have essentially two options:

1) Install a Wireless Network Adapter in each PC and create an “Ad Hoc” Wireless Network. This is a network in which the two PCs talk directly with one another, rather than via a Wireless Access Point. “Internet Connection Sharing” is then enabled on the actual Internet connection in the “host” PC and the “client” PC will have Internet access provided the “host” is running and online.

When you enable “Internet Connection Sharing” on the Internet connection, it automatically configures the Local Area Connection with the IP address 192.168.0.1 and subnet mask 255.255.255.0. However, as you will be using a WiFi adapter, you want this address to be allocated to it, rather than a “wired” Ethernet adapter if you have one fitted, so the Local Area Connection should be disabled before setting up “Internet Connection Sharing”. The "Client" PC's Local Area Connection should be set to get its IP address automatically, which it does by DHCP from the "Host" PC. Also, if you run the Zone Alarm firewall in your “Host” PC, the Internet Zone Security level must be reduced from High to Medium or “ICS” traffic will be blocked.

To enable “Internet Connection Sharing” in Windows XP, open the Network Connections folder, right click the actual internet connection (modem connection), select Properties and then the Advanced tab. Tick the box “Allow other network users...etc”.

2) The preferred option for connecting more than one computer is to use a broadband Router and, with ADSL, this should be a combined “Router/ADSL Modem”. This is an ”Infrastructure” wireless network because the connected PCs communicate via the router’s Wireless Access Point. Again, a wireless adapter is installed in any PC that needs to connect wirelessly, but often the main PC is close enough to the router for it to use a “wired” connection with only the remote PC connecting wirelessly

With a router, it is the router which connects directly to the ISP and not one of the connected PCs. The router in turn allocates the IP addresses to the PCs, using one of the address ranges reserved for Local Area Networks, usually 192.168.xxx.xxx

Either of these options will additionally allow you to run File and/or Printer Sharing wirelessly across the network.

If you are running software firewalls, the IP addresses of the networked PCs must be put into its "trusted" area to allow them to communicate with one another.

  mgmcc 22:40 05 Dec 05

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My standard 'blurb' on setting up a Network Printer:

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1) Connect the printer to the “client” PC, as though it were to be used with that computer, and install it. This ensures that it has all the necessary software/drivers on board.

2) Reconnect it to the "host" PC and, in its Properties, set it as "shared". In the client’s "My Network Places" (or Network Neighborhood), the printer should then appear as a shared resource of the "host" PC along with any shared folders. Double clicking the printer in the remote PC should automatically install it as a "network printer" in the “client”. This means that the “client” now has the same printer installed twice – once as a “local” printer and again as a “network” printer (with a bar under the icon to indicate a network device). If you are always going to print via the network, you may want to set the "network printer" as the default.

Otherwise, have a look at this Microsoft article. It is an old article written for Windows 95, but the basic principle for installing the network printer should still be valid.

h t t p : / /
support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;141839

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