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Desktops computers are straightly connected to ADSL Modem/Router on LAN ports, i have USB wireless card (11g) connected to 1 of the desktop computer and i have laptop with built-in wireless card.

I would like to make wireless connection between 2 (laptop and desktop) so that i can get internet connection and share files/folders.

What is the easiest way to setup this configuration. I do have WiFi router but i want to connect as describe above.

Thanks!
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by:Kalti
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What are the brands, model numbers inclusive of the wireless cards you have?

With some wireless cards, within their configuration software you can specify an Ad-hoc or Peer-to-Peer connection, you then basically scan for other wireless cards and connect to each other.

I have done this with Netgear wireless cards, however they were both exactly the same card, and i'm sure this helped.

If you have the brand and model number of your cards, i would suggest looking in the manual, or on the manufacturers website for instructions. Or, post the models here and i will have a look for you.
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by:Rob Williams
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If you want to access the Internet through the desktop wireless you will need to enable ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) on the desktop computer. Briefly, to do so you enable it on the wired connection, and it will automatically set up the required services and configure the wireless connection to share with clients. Below are some detailed instructions including a video. One word of caution, that I doubt it mentioned in the links, if the router uses the 192.168.0.x subnet (i.e. the router has a LAN address of 192.168.0.x) it will not work. You will have to change the router to something like 192.168.123.x.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;306126&sd=tech
Above complete with video
http://www.petri.co.il/configuring_ics_on_windows_xp.htm

Better option though if possible is to use the WiFi router.
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In Windows wireless connection there is option on advance section "Computer to computer (adhoc) network only", can i use this setting to configure.

How to setup my SSID and keys?

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Yep, that's the goods joy333.

Look at this article to get instructions for WEP etc...

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/expert/bowman_02april08.mspx
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It looks that article is for WinXP SP1, does it matter if i have SP1 and SP2?

Can i follow the same instruction for SP2
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Yes, you can.

There is no difference for SP2, other than it is more reliable. :)
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