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Wireless network between desktop PC and Laptop

Discussion in 'Networking' started by dcypher, Jan 16, 2003.

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  1. dcypher

    dcypher Thread Starter

    Jan 16, 2003
    I have an existing PC (XP Home OS) with dial-up access to the web and I just bought a notebook that has a wireless network card in it (XP Pro OS). I am assuming I'll need to purchase a network card for the desktop PC before I can setup this network, does anyone have any suggestions on what I need to buy? Price range, etc. My office is in the basement of my home and I want to be able to share the internet connection, printer, files, etc. on the desktop from the living room of the house (floor above). I would probably just use the Network Setup Wizard that is in XP...that brings up another question...is this all do-able between XP Home and XP Pro? Thanks for any advice.
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    I would recommend you consider a wireless router, something along the lines of the SMC Barricade. It had dial-up and broadband support, so you'll be ready for faster speeds when they come along. You can connect directly to it from the desktop machine. If you shop around, it won't be a lot more than the WAP (Wireless Access Point), but will offer a lot more flexibility.
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