I want to network my Desktop (host) to a laptop. I had been doing this with phoneline network cards without using a router. My card went bad & phoneline cards are no longer available (sadly, since they worked great). So, I now have to do the network via wireless.
The 2 computers are at opposite ends of a long ranch house. Years ago I tried wireless & it did not work because of the distance involved. I know there are now wireless solutions (MIMO) with far greater distance. My questions are:
1. My desktop does not have wireless capability & it runs XP Pro. The laptop has wireless & runs XP Pro. Do I absolutely have to use a router? I'm only interested in sharing my Internet connection (COMCAST CABLE). Or, will wireless work if I install only a wireless card in my desktop without using a router?
2. Is a MIMO router together with a MIMO card the best solution for long distances (assuming I need the router)?
Thanks for help.