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How do I create a wireless home network with Wanadoo's Livebox Broadband hardware

Posted on 2006-07-02
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I have broadband wireless and talk from Wanadoo (Now Orange, previously Freeserve). This service supplies a Livebox which according to another answer posted on this site "Turns out the Livebox is a rebadged Inventel DV4210 Wireless ADSL Modem Router
http://www.inventel.com/en/product/datasheet/27/".

I have a desktop PC and a laptop and I would like to be able to create a wireless home network if possible. Both machines run Windows XP and I have tried the wireless network wizard using a USB flash memory to copy the files when that screen is reached. When I insert the USB memory key into the Livebox USB socket nothing seems to happen and when I go through the other steps the Network is not created.

I have previously connected the two machines directly with a cable network and been able to use file and printer sharing. I would like to do the same thing wirelessly, if possible (ideally I would also like to include my daughters laptop so she can have wireless connection to the printer when at home but this is not essential).

Both machines are currently configured so they can use the Livebox to connect to the internet via broadband (without the other having to be turned on). I just can't get them to "talk" to each other.

I'd be obliged for any assistance you can provide. Regards.
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Windows Xp has a VPN client built in to it, and also has the capacity to act as a VPN server. Make sure that you have PPTP enabled on the desired machine. Click Start>Settings>Control Panel>Network and Internet Connections>Network Connections>Create a new connection.
The options you want to enable are"Set up an Advanced Connection","Accept Incoming Connections",and "Allow virtual private connections". The 6th screen of the wizard allows you to specify the users that can use the VPN. Enable the account and assign a password for your user. I hope this helps....Booda2us
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by:Poljes
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I have managed to get the network working. I have no idea how as I tried the same thing several times without success and then suddenly it was ok.

If anyone else is stuck I would suggest
1- Make sure you have guest accounts open on all machines in the network (windows xp)
2- If using a flash drive or similar to transfer the information then make sure it is blank before you copy the files to it so that the network information is the only stuff on it.
3- try putting the flash into the Livebox and turning it off then on wit hteh flash drive still connected

Otherwise I have no idea why it sometimes works and sometimes doesn't
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