Networking/ICS/additions/barking up the wrong tree

  Epirb406 18:51 21 Nov 2003

Hi all,

I have a laptop and PC, networked with USR wireless cards.

They WERE just on a peer to peer network and sharing internet connection happily.

I wanted to extend range so added a wireless access point, I bought the wireless turbo access point, USR 18054, I know it does far more than I want it to but it was cheaper than the dedicated WAP.

I set up the WAP and network was fine but couldn't get ICS working, I could get network to work but if I installed ICS I lost it.

The root of the problem seems to be in the TCP/IP settings for the wireless card on the PC, if it is set to get IP address automatically the network works. If I install ICS this is changed and the IP address is specified as and the subnet mask set to

I.e. the network works automatically finding an address, not if it is specified.

I am using: Win ME on PC, 98se on laptop. A single channel ISDN access to the internet, behaves like standard dial up to all intents and purposes, this is plugged in to the PC. The router has a firewall but it is DISABLED.

Questions: IS the problem in the router/WAP set up, remember I am only using it as a repeater? My knowlege is not great and I must confess to not understanding a lot of its set up options.

Do I need to get a whole lot more knowledge from somewhere and set up a proper client/server network or can I do it all, as I have so far with yes/no wizards?

Is it possible to use ICS with this configuration?

Sorry to waffle, many thanks for help, Epirb.

  Epirb406 19:17 21 Nov 2003

Yes just on the PC which has the connection.


  Epirb406 19:34 21 Nov 2003

Enabled at the moment, should it be disabled?


  Epirb406 19:37 21 Nov 2003

On the WAP, still have network, don't have ics.

Thanks for keeping reading!


  recap 20:38 21 Nov 2003

You could turn off DHCP and manually assign an IP address to each computer. These would be: & both with a subnet mask of

  Epirb406 20:57 21 Nov 2003

Where do I assign the IP adresses?

Will this apply just to the network or to my internet connection as well?

I am on the limits of my knowledge, help appreciated.

Cheers, Epirb.

  recap 19:23 22 Nov 2003

Right click Network Neigbourhood, select your adaptor then Properties/IP address (tab)click the Radio Button for Specify an Address and type in the IP address as above. This needs to be done on all machines. Hope that fixes it for you.

Here are a few links that may help you:
click here

click here

  Epirb406 17:07 23 Nov 2003

I haven't yet tried your suggestion Recap, before I do I wondered if anyone could give me a cross check and tell me if there are other things I should be thinking about.

I suppose that the root of the question that I'm asking is if I can do this with the wizards or if I really am going to have to do my home work and learn about IP addresses, subnet masks, dns etc.

The web links you gave seem to adjust a lot more than Recap is suggesting above.

Just need a bit more guidance, Recap/ folks.

Cheers, Epirb.

  Epirb406 18:07 24 Nov 2003

Wondered if anyone had anything to add on this Monday evening?

If I am to involve myself in manual settings is it just the IP addresses for the two network cards I have to change? The wireless access point also has an IP address, do I have to change that too?

Do I have to put in IP addresses for the TCP/IP settings for the Internet connection sharing settings too?

My understanding was that IP addresses were unique, what happens if they are all set the same?

The simplest solution wins in my book so look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Thanks, Epirb.

  recap 19:19 24 Nov 2003

Note, manually assigning IP address's is only an option you do not have to go this route if you are not confident in setting them.

DHCP should do all this for you.

Here is another link with guides for ICS: click here

  Epirb406 20:53 24 Nov 2003

I have been fiddling about with settings troubleshooters and guides but the upshoot is this,

If I install ICS it changes the TCP/IP settings of my network card and my network is not accesible. If I change the settings back I get network but no ICS.

I don't want to start changing everything manually, does it look as if I have a choice?


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