Connecting two computers in a Wireless LAN

Posted on 2004-11-25
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Hiya Peeps,
                     StickyI have two computers one with Windows XP Professional and the other with Windows XP Home. I am having a Linksys Modem and a Linksys wireless router in my home. I am trying to create a home network connection, so that I could transfer files between these two laptops. I tried several help suggestions online but none of them seem to answer my question...a bunch of  them wanted me to install NetBEUI but since for the one pc with XP Pro, I lost the CD there is no way I could do like that.Can anyone help me with this.
Thanks much
Question by:agbalaji

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I simply do it by running an FTP server on each, and only activate it when I wish to do a transfer.

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bobsyeruncle earned 60 total points
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The router will have an IP address I.E "" (a usual default)

First off you will need to use 1 PC to connect to the router using an ethernet cable.  In the TCP/IP settings of your network connection you will need to put in

IP - (at the end we have changed the 1 to 2 because each device needs a different IP)
Subnet -
Gateway - (This is the IP Address of your Router)

(The IP address's you use may vary. Just check the manual for your router)

in your web browser type  (Best to check the manual for all of this because it will have the default username and password in)

You will be asked for a username and password and then you should get a screen where you can configure your router.  It may even have a wizard!  First of all you need to get the internet working through your router.  There should be a tab somewhere to do this

Next you need to set up the Wireless network.  You will need to give it a SSID.  This can be anything you want to call your wireless network
Next you need to select a frequency
And then if you want a bit of protection so only you can use your wireless network you can assign a WEP Encryption key.

Write all of this down, save it and log out.  On each of your PC's install the wireless cards and set up the IP address's on the wireless connections.

IP - 192.168.0.X
Subnet -
Gateway -

If you are using XP and you have Service Pack 2 it should just find your network and ask for the WEP key

If you are using XP SP1, with the relevant updates.  When you are configuring the wireless connection, search for your SSID and enter your WEP key.  To transfer files you need to set up file and print sharing

Log onto the machines with admin rights
Create a folder, right click and share it out.  Give everyone access to it just for now until you get it working

In XP its best to open My computer---Toools-----Folder Options---then view----right at the bottom untick simple file sharing!  I think it is a bit easier that way!

Good Luck


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