wireless ad hoc network set up

  rdh660 16:24 30 Nov 2006

I have two Pc's and have been given two usb wireless network adapters. I am hoping to network the PC's in an ad hoc manner to share files/printers and a broadband connection using ICS. I know the best way is using a router etc but I just want a simple cheap solution.
Before I start any installation I was hoping for some advice. I have read instructions on how create the ad hoc network but my PC with the internet connection connects through a usb modem to NTL and appears to show up in network connections as local area connection 1. If I install a USB wireless network adapter will I have to bridge the Local area connection 1 and the wireless network adapter to enable internet sharing and file sharing etc.
Thanks Rob

  mgmcc 20:36 30 Nov 2006

No, you don't bridge anything.

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 to connect through this computer’s Internet connection”.

When you enable "Internet Connection Sharing" on the Internet connection, it automatically configures the network adapter used for your "Home Network Connection" with the IP address and subnet mask If you have more than one adapter available for this purpose, e.g. both a "Local Area Connection" and a "Wireless Network Connection", you will have a drop down list from which to select the appropriate adapter. The "Client" PC's Wireless Network 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.

  rdh660 23:08 30 Nov 2006

Thanks mgmcc.
Sorry for the delay with the reply but I have only just arrived home .
All sounds simple enough but such matters don't always run smoothly especially when I give it a go. Much obliged for the advice.
Best regards

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