Wireless network problems

I am trying to set up a wireless network between two computers. One is a laptop win win98se the other a desktop with XP Pro. Both computers have 801.11a cards. I can get the two cards to recognise each other in Ad-Hoc mode but no definitive data transfer, file sharing or entry to a workgroup. I have tried using the XP wizard to set up networks on both computers but has failed. The furthest I managed to get was to access the laptop files from the destop. But when I try to do the reverse I get a stop message that says 'Out of memory', i'm not sure Windows means that though. I also have a broadband connection on one of the computers and would like to share that as well. Can anyone help?

Many thanks!

Dan
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enkrypterConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Be sure you are not runnig any firewall software like zonealarm, or have the XP firewall on.  WHen setting up ad-hoc with two laptops you will need to staticly assign an IP address to both PCs in the same network.

i.e.  

PC1 = 192.168.1.4  subnet = 255.255.255.0
PC2 = 192.168.1.5  subnet = 255.255.255.0

AD-Hoc will see other wireless connections without IP assigned.  You need an IP to access the other PC.  If you are going to share your connection from a desktop you will need to turn your desktop connection into a makeshift wireless acces point by adding a wireless card to your PC.  Setup internet connection sharing making the wireless card the lan adapter.  Then set the wireless card to ad-hoc mode.  Set all wireless PC's to adhoc as well.  Then setup your wireless clients with hardcoded IP information and the IP of the wireless adapter on the desktop pc as teh default gateway.
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tw20477Commented:
Dan,
Do you have a wireless router or an access point connected to a router?

Regards
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eddkhamouCommented:
Dan,

It might be more beneficial for you to go out and buy a wireless router.  You can find many deals on the Internet.  You can then share your connection more efficiently than using one of your computers to share the internet connection.

Hope this helps

Ed

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dan390339Author Commented:
I do not have a router, and I don't think I can afford one.. Is there any other way of doing it?
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dan390339Author Commented:
I'm really more interested in resolving my networking problem than sharing the BB.
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Phoenix92xCommented:
Well for the workgroup assignment you just need to go into the properties in my computer and make sure they're on the same workgroup. Then set up file sharing permissions. This is just a maybe but Pro might still have simple file sharing turned on. Kill that.
Phoenix
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dan390339Author Commented:
I have since loaded XP onto the laptop so there are no compatiility issues. I still get nearly the same thing. I can access the laptop files from the pc but not vice versa. It comes up with the drives but then denies access when I click on the drives. It even shared the broadband automatically! And it works! I just wish I could access the desktop files from the laptop..
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enkrypterCommented:
Sounds like a file permissions issue.  Open the administrative tools on each PC, then Computer Management.  Open users and groups.  Add a user to each pc with the exact same username and password.  Then whne you map the dirve, choose the logon as someone else option and use the account you created.  You can enable the guest account, but it is less secure and not reccomended.

E.X.

Computer1---------------------------------Computer2
User=bob                                           User=bob

both bobs' passwords need to be the same for simplicity, they canbe different, but it only complicates things.
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