wireless connection

  gav.zilla 16:58 08 Nov 2005

hi, i would like to set up a wireless internet connection on our new toshiba qosimo and was wondering what i would require. we currently have a speedtouch broadband connection on our desktop. could we share this? or should we get a whole new connection?
many thanks for any help.

  Taff™ 07:17 09 Nov 2005

The laptop is wireless enabled so you need a wireless connection to the other computer. If it has a spare USB port you need a USB Wireless adapter (About £20- £25) or an internal wireless card on the other PC. You could then share your connection on an ad hoc basis click here

Alternatively click here= which comes bundled with an adapter. The benefit here is that either computer can hook up to the internet without the other being switched on.

  mgmcc 20:45 09 Nov 2005

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 and subnet mask 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”. 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. 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.

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.

  Harpur 22:07 10 Nov 2005

you could look at pc world where they have a modem/router and pci card for around £90. you do need an ethernet connector at the back of the motherboard for the modem to connect. if you dont have that connection then you can buy an adapter card for about £15. as described above it gives always on connectio and neither computer is dependant on the other for connection.

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