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Wireless Home Network Problems

Discussion in 'Networking' started by thegenieuk, Sep 22, 2004.

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  1. thegenieuk

    thegenieuk Thread Starter

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    Hi all,

    I have bought two Ralink RT2500 network cards running at 56mbs. I have installed them in both machines and installed the software but they will not connect or find each other. I dont have a router or anything it is just two XP Home machines connected together with wireless lan cards. I know abit about networks and have tried everything that i know about them. Can anyone please help. The led's on the card are all off as well. To set them up i have put the machines in the same room to prove they are not too far away to connect.

    P.S Is it true that you have to register the MAC address, that can be found on the card, for the two computers to talk to each other?

    Please help me
     
  2. 5mi11er

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    Both cards need to be configured to use "ad hoc" networking, they both need to share the same SSID (network name), and to start with, disable all WEP/WAP security. The cards should then be able to see one another (the LED's should light up).

    Then you'll need to statically assign IP addresses for the two machines, they must be in the same network. To make things simple just use something like 192.168.4.1 with a mask of 255.255.255.0 and 192.168.4.2 same mask. Then you should be able to ping the other address from each machine.

    Then, make sure each machine is in the same workgroup, each has the same username/password, and you should be able to share files.

    -Scott
     
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