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I have the chance to buy 2 in number(at a reasonable price), WiFi 802.11g 54Mbps USB2.0 Wireless adapter 54g. Could you tell me if this is all I need to set up a Ad Hoc network system between 2 PCs running Win XP and sited about 10 metres apart?
De Marcus..Thanks for confirmation, as you say if I need any help I know where to come.
De Marcus or anyone who can help. I have set up my Ad Hoc network on 2 PCs both with Win XP Pro SP2. I have installed a Belkin Wireless G USB Network Adaptor on the host PC and a Belkin G Desktop Network Card on the client PC. I have a strong signal showing on both PCs, but cannot get them file/print share and most important is not to be able to share my Ticali Broadband. I note that host PC IP address is showing as 169.254.28.55 and the client PC as 169.254.148.49. I believe that the IP address should be in the 192.168.0.* range. Can anyone help me please?
It's not absolutely necessary. It depends also on your subnet mask. If yours is 255.255.255.0 then that's where your problem lies. If it's 255.255.0.0 then theoretically that should work. If not change your ip address on the host to 192.168.0.1, the client to 192.168.0.2, make sure the subnet mask to both is 255.255.255.0 and then as long as they're in the same workgroup both p/c's should communicate with each other (depending on your p/c security)
<<< I note that host PC IP address is showing as 169.254.28.55 and the client PC as 169.254.148.49 >>>
That suggests that the adapters are set to get their IP addresses automatically, but have been unable to find a DHCP server to get them from.
If you are *NOT* using Internet Connection Sharing, you need to allocate fixed IP addresses such as:
192.168.0.1 and 192.168.0.2 both with subnet 255.255.255.0
10.0.0.1 and 10.0.0.2 both with subnet 255.0.0.0
If you *ARE* using Internet Connection Sharing, when this is enabled on the actual Internet Connection (modem connection) in the Host PC, it should automatically allocate the fixed IP address 192.168.0.1 to the Local Area Connection. However, if the PC has a "wired" network adapter installed, this should be disabled before enabling Internet Connection Sharing, so that the address is allocated to the WiFi adapter instead. The Client PC should be set to get its IP address automatically which it does from the Host by DHCP and it should also get an address in the 192.168.0.xxx range.
mgmcc, In "Network Connections" , it shows that a "1394 Net Adaptor" is connected. I have tried to disable it but get an Error Message stating "It is not possible to disable the connection at this time. This connection may be using one or more protocols that do not support Plug-and play, or it may have been initiated by another user or the the system account". How can I disable this connection?
"1394" is a Firewire connection. It is normal for it to show as "connected" in the Network Connections folder and it won't be interfering with your Ad Hoc wireless network so there is no need to try to disable it.
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