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How do I implement a wireless network for 3 standalone PCs running MS XP Pro.

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I am new to Wireless Networking but love the cocept and I have a pretty simple question that i'm sure most can answer. Here goes.

 I have a small office room in my house with 3 stand-alone PCs running XP Pro. I want to know what is needed and how I would go about creating a wireless network. This also includes Internet access and printer sharing.

At this point I have one PC using high-speed cable internet.  I also have a LinkSys router that I am not sure how to hook up.  

If anyone can point me in the right direction, that would be awesome.  I can't wait to get this thing running.  I hope this is a valid question.  Thanks.
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ok no prob you are going to need a few things

1st a wireless access point  here is a good one
 http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=DI-704P-R

then you need cards for you computers one of these should be fine

http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=DWL-120PLUS-R

 its usb so you dont have to open your computers to install them...

to setup just plug you dsl connection into the wireless access point install the wireless adapters onto your computers and use the utility that comes with the adapter to connect to the access point and that should be it...

 you may have to configure your access point if you isp requires a user name and password to access the internet and the access point has a simple web bases configuration to get that  done ... this should get you pointed in the right direction if you need mor detailed info just post back here...
  Good Luck

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oooh and if you have a laptop here is the wireless card for that..

http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=8461-05

  this setup will allow ou to share printers and the internet connection as well..

 Just install the printer on one computer and share it the from the other computers
map the printer to the server if you need detailed instruction on how to do this just post here..
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That would be great, Thanks for the instructions, you have no idea how much that helps. As much detail as possible is awesome and appreciated. Thanks again.
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In order to share anything on a network you have to use either a domain which requires a domain contoller(complex), or you can use a workgroup.  This is specified under the network identification portion of My Computer properties. (right click My Computer select properties Netwok Identification.  All PCs must be on the same workgroup, they must all have the same user account info (usernames and passwords), and Local Area Connection devices must have File and Printer sharing enabled in there properties.(right click my network places, properties, right click on proper lan adapter, properties.  Next go to the PC where the printer is installed go to the printer section in control panel. Right click on your default printer and go to sharing. Select share as click apply, ok. Then you must install the printer on the other PCs. On each remote PC go to the printers section in control panel and select add printer.  Select Network printer next.  Browse the workgroup for the PC where the printer is installed click the + to expand and highlight the printer click next and follow the prompts you shouldn't need to make any special configs.  You may need to type a user and password in order to verify permission to access the print server.  Hopfully this should get you pretty far.
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