No idea what to buy?

  neil_raj 22:23 05 Nov 2006

Hello everyone!

Ok.... I have a laptop and a desktop, both fitted with wireless cards etc. I want to wirelessly connect my laptop to my main PC.

I have tried XP's Ad Hoc Wizard.... useless!

So, what the heck do I buy from the dozens of Routers out their?

I have NTL Cable as an Internet Broadband connection and some routers say they are compatibale with NTL... Should I go for that?

Some say they are Broadband routers!

Do I need one of those USB thingies in the back of the laptop?

Please help coz I haven't a clue!

Yours gratefully...... Neil.

  Tim1964 23:30 05 Nov 2006

As your laptop has a wireless card you do not need a USB adapter as well.

As an NTL 'cable' customer you will have a modem already so you need a router as opposed to a combined modem router i.e. one with a modem built into it.

When I was with NTL I had one like this click here

which is wireless as well as wired.

Very easy to set up and great phone support if required.

  mgmcc 08:45 06 Nov 2006

<<< I have tried XP's Ad Hoc Wizard.... useless! >>>

You don't need to use either of XP's networking wizards to set up a network. Configure your wireless adapters to work in Ad Hoc mode then set up Internet Connection Sharing in the "Host" PC. My standard "blurb" on Wireless Networking:


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.

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 "private 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.

2) The preferred option for connecting more than one computer is to use a broadband Router. 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

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, these need to be configured to allow access to the networked computers. This may involve adding their IP addresses in a "trusted" area.

  mgmcc 08:48 06 Nov 2006

I am using essentially the same router that Tim1964 suggests with my Telewest Cable connection - the Linksys WRT54GS

  Strawballs 10:15 07 Nov 2006

click here any one of these will do but I to have the linksys WRT54G on my NTL connection.

  neil_raj 15:49 07 Nov 2006

Thanks everyone..... more clued up now.

  neil_raj 15:50 07 Nov 2006


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