Hope someone can help. I have a desktop PC running Windows XP Pro with SP2, and a laptop running XP Home. The desktop has a dialup connection with AOL as the ISP. The laptop has a Broadcom 54g 802.11g wireless card built in.
I would like to achieve two things: 1) Set up a home wireless network so that the two computers can share files and my printer. 2) Allow the laptop to access the web through the dialup connection on the desktop.
I have purchased a DLink AirPlus 520+ wireless PCI card for the desktop. However, despite repeatedly trying to set up some kind of network, letting Windows configure settings, trying to set them myself etc. I am having no joy. Even though the PCI card is installed ok, my desktop tray has a little monitor with a cross on it which has the popup message "Wireless network connection not connected. Right click here for more details".
I've heard some bad things recently about DLink cards and XP compatibility, and am starting to wonder if I've bought a real turkey. Can anyone advise a kind of 'step by step' process, or point me in the right direction?
I had problems myself trying to network the pc's with aol. Was only when I set up the router that everything worked ok. Couldn't do it with Internet connection Sharing. Not to say it isn't possible, just gave up in the end.
Yeah, I've heard as well that networking with AOL is nightmarish because of their proprietary network settings.
Surely it should be possible to set up a peer to peer wireless network between the desktop and notebook without needing a router though? Can't you do something similar to a wired LAN using the notebooks inbuilt card and the desktop PCI Card?