Please can someone give me a simple walkthrough in setting up a peer to peer wireless network?
So far I have equipped 3 computers in our (smallish) house with wireless LAN cards and these can sometimes, but not often, identify the designated network with each detecting a (weak) signal. But that's about it. I can't get XPs Network Setup Wizard to do anything useful and the taskbar shows no network in range more often than not. I've been unsuccessful in getting access into either of the other computers, so I'm doing something fundamentally wrong, or leaving doors locked on each machine.
Networks are a pretty grey area to me at the moment (as you might have noticed!), so any help would be mucho appreciato.
Sorry, I can't give you a walkthrough 'cos I failed miserably at this myself so probably know less than you. I can however point you to a couple of articles which I came across during my attempt click here and click here
Maybe I'm missing something here but everything I read seems to refer to use of a hub. Do I need such an animal for wireless p2p, bearing in mind that any internet access will be done through an ADSL modem wired to one of the PCs?
I was working on the assumption that if each PC was equipped with a wireless LAN card that each would talk to each other, but have I got this wrong? I told you I was new to this networking game!
I don't think my first link mentions the use of a hub.
"...how to wirelessly network a second or third computer without the expense of a wireless router or a router and a stand-alone wireless access point (WAP). This is sometimes called an ad hoc wireless network."
Not good news here. This is tricky. Followed directions to the letter, but still they won't communicate. Wizards don't seem to work either. Did get laptop to connect to assigned workgroup and network - but the other two computers refused and said they were disconnected and can't find wireless network! This is driving me nuts. It's like back to the old days when everything had to be configured manually to get something to work rather than today's p&p age.
Main computer and the laptop are in the same room - about 10 feet (in old money) apart. The other desktop is in my son's "playroom" - one structural and one non structural wall and a floor above. When the laptop is making contact with, apparently, itself - it's in the same place!!!!