Very simple home set up ??

  roygbiv 11:28 11 Oct 2005

I want some advice on a home network? (max 20 mtr.)
Desktop PC - winXP(NO sp2) with USB 2 and Laptop omnibook 900 p2 400 mhz, 160 ram with USB 2.
using BB (BT Basic) via USB modem to Desktop.

Some one has told me to pug USB 2 wireless adaptors in each PC and laptop, set the settings, and away we go ???

someelse said that BT Basic is NOT suitable for wireless ?? TIA

  roygbiv 11:51 11 Oct 2005

XP on desktop, - win 2000 on laptop

  mgmcc 13:51 11 Oct 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.

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

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.

  roygbiv 14:32 11 Oct 2005

THANKS ! seems to be the way for me. 2 times USB's plug in set up and go. I only need it for internet access.XP and win 2000

  Forum Editor 17:51 11 Oct 2005

Yes, that's what BT themselves say on their website.

The reason they say it is because they know that multiple users will simply not have enough bandwidth to share, and will experience performance drop-off.

See what happens.

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