re: (needing instructions for adding third computer to wireless network)

GMartin
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Hi Everyone:

      At the present time, I have a LAN of two computers which use a wireless network (wireless router and wireless USB adapter).   I am wanting getting ready to add a "third" computer to the LAN.  With that point in mind, I am needing instructions for adding it to the network.  Should I do it through Microsoft XP Professional or should I use the Microsoft Broadbanc Utility Software which came with the wireless network kit?  If I should use the built-in networking capabilities of XP, could someone give me instructions for setting up this third computer?  When I open Network Connections within Control Panel, I do see an option called Add A Network Place or something similiar to that along with a different option called Setup A Home or Business Network.  I "believe" I would use Add A Network Place, but, I am not sure.  

      The other computers are using the Microsoft Broadband Utility Software which came with the kit.  Therefore, to keep everything streamlined, I believe I should simply install this software on the third computer and follow the prompts.

      Any suggestions or thoughts on this post will greatly be appreciated.  I look forward to reading everyone's responses.

      Thank you.

      George
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Firstly, make sure the wireless card driver is installed on the 3rd computer. If you do not see a connection in Network Connections for the Wireless Card than the driver is not installed or there is a conflict with another device. Now providing that there IS an icon for your Wireless card in Network Connections, double click on it, click properties, click the Wireless Network Tab and you should see your network. If you have WEP key setup than enter it in the field below and than connect. That's it! As a general rule I never suggest using additional software, it's just one more thing that can break. Unless of course the software provided further functionality that windows doesnt already offer. Hope that helps ya.

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Make sure you are running the same network protocol - the computers are on the same subnet (IP address and subnet mask - unless you are using DHCP) if you are using TCP/IP and that the workgroup name is the same (or default to "workgroup").  If you are not sure how to do this - copy the network information from one computer to another (except for the IP address).  Righ-mouse click on the "My Networks" icon - properties... and go from there depending on your OS.

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Well yeah... but Im under the assumption its DHCP and as for protocol, only tcp/ip can be used to access the net. As for workgroup name, thats only neccesary if you plan on file and printer sharing but even than I have been able to access other peoples PC's on a wireless network eventhough our workgroup names were different. Gmartin, try the basics and dont worry about all the advanced settings until/unless you are having a problem, cos honestly, it is veeeeery easy to set up.
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GMartin: Use the installation package that came with the kit - they packaged the installation wizard to make installation as simple as in PnP.  Come back if it gives you any problem. - we'll go into the nitty gritty then.  Just document the process in case you run into a problem.


deopsys:
Yep, it's probably DHCP.  TCP/IP if your packet is on the net..... You can run other protocols on your internal net and use a gateway to go to the Internet (ie.  Internal using IPX/SPX (Novell & no TCP/IP for cybersecurity ==> IPX/SPX TCP/IP Gateway ==> Router ==> Internet)  - I used to run this because we didn't have a firewall.  You don't need to have the same workgroup name for file/printer sharing.  You use it the same name to make it easier to locate the other network PCs.

From experience in the Network environment that I was teaching, I had a situation where everything looks real good including down to the nitty gritty of what you can see through the GUI - the students couldn't figure it out.... I ran a packet monitor and found that somehow or another, the W2K server was not using the IP address that was set (DHCP or manually) - I traced it down into the registry and found that the registry was registering the wrong IP address - deleting the NIC & protocols and reinstall them didn't help.  By deleting the registry entry it corrected the problem - don't ask me how the student's server got to that state.  But what seemed to be easy - it couldn't be fixed without going deep down under.

It's only simple because the developers made it as simple and problem free as possible through the KISS principle.

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Hi Everyone:

      I basically used the installation software which came with the wireless USB adapter and followed the prompts.  The entire procedure lasted about 10 minutes.  The third computer on the LAN is now on the internet.

      Thanks again.

      George

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