Wireless Connection Between 2 Computers

  Umbrella 09:32 05 Jan 2006

I have never tried to connect 2 computers by any means but now there are 2 in the house I would like to connect but do not know what I need or how to connect 2 computers. Can anybody tell me what I need and how to connect a wireless connection please.

  LAP 16:17 05 Jan 2006

The basic method I suppose is, a wireless router containing a modem. To this you attached 'power' & 'phone cable'. Each computer will require if not already fitted some form of wireless adaptor. If not you will have to fit them. If you don't fancy opening up your computer these will have to be USB wireless adaptors. I would suggest everything is the same make.

If you look at the PC Advisor 'search' there is a lot on this subject.

At least you will be back ^bump^

  mgmcc 21:28 05 Jan 2006

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”. 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. 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.

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.

  Umbrella 20:25 09 Jan 2006

Thanks mgmcc I am up and running with the modem router. Can u help me on setting up a shared e-mail account on the network.

  Umbrella 21:53 09 Jan 2006

As I have set up a network my speedtouch connection says disconnected. Do I still need that account running.

  mgmcc 08:26 10 Jan 2006

<<< Can u help me on setting up a shared e-mail account on the network. >>>

The most basic method is to set the email program in both PCs to leave messages on the server, so that they can be downloaded again by the second PC. What I have then done in the past is to have one PC as the "master" copy and if any mail is sent from the second PC, I send a copy to myself. It is retrieved by the "master" email program and a filter moves it from the Inbox to the Sent or Outbox folder. Messages do need to be deleted from the server after a time, otherwise mail retrieval becomes increasingly slow as all the messages have to be checked to see which ones are "new".

A more sophisticated solution is to use synchronisation. I have used this with Microsoft Outlook, Eudora and Mozilla Thunderbird, but not Outlook Express. A synchronisation program such as "Allway Sync" click here will let you keep the folders in both computers the same so that it doesn't matter which one you use for mail, just run the sync program to update the other. Now I'm not saying that the same cannot be done with Outlook Express, but it isn't a program that I use so I haven't had a need to try sync'ing with it.

<<< As I have set up a network my speedtouch connection says disconnected. Do I still need that account running >>>

You don't need the connection while using a router, but retaining it shouldn't be a problem and it's always there if you should have a problem with the router and need to revert to a direct USB modem connection.

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