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Do I need a WAP and router to go wireless?

Posted on 2004-09-03
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I have read that if I want my laptop to be connected wirelessly to the internet, then I need a wireless NIC, a WAP, and a router (because I will want internet access for my desktop as well).

I don't  understand why I cannot simply hook up a wireless NIC in my laptop, another one in my desktop, then hook the desktop up to the internet and then surf on my laptop through my desktop. My desktop could then serve as a firewall as well.
Is this possible? If not, why not? It would save a bit of money.

What is your best advice?
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Good question and it should be possible, Read somewhere where you can use desktop as an access point
Interesting read here : http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,61404,00.html

Now you donot want WAP.. Just have wireless card plug in your laptop and a wireless router and that should connect you to internet on your laptop. Same deal for desktop .

You can also have AP (Access point) and connect to internet in your laptop..
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by:sunray_2003
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JasonMDawson,

What OS you have ?

You can try ICS if you have XP.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/learnmore/ics.mspx

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by:jose_ramirez
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JasonMDawson,
yes what you wanna do is posible, establishing both Wireless NIC in ad hoc mode, and then establish as sunray said ICS. Be carefull doing this, cause your PC will be totally exposed to internet. Anyway, it works!
If need further help, let me know!
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by:PennGwyn
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There are many routers on the market now that include the WAP.  I wouldn't buy them separately for a home network any more.

A basic advantage of using a router is that your laptop won't require the desktop to be online in order to reach the Internet.  And the laptop's traffic won't eat into the CPU of the desktop.

That said, you should be able to save a couple of bucks by putting a wireless card in the desktop and running ICS.  But the price difference is proabably less than $20...

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by:JohnItem
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PennGwyn's got it.  
The hassles later don't justify the savings.
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