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marshoot asked
Last Modified: 2010-04-10
I have two Win Xp pc, I want to connect them using a cross over cable, but I also need to connect them to a wirelss network that is in another room.  I have no choice on where my ISP modem is located.

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If both networks (wireless & Copper) are on different subnets than you won't have any problems.


ok I'll try that and see what happens

You could get a D-link 802.11 B wireless bridge and a 4-port switch

Wireless network in the other room (presumably with dhcp)  ------(wireless)----------->wireless bridge ----(cat5 cable)-----wired switch

Then plug both of your PCs into the wired switch with 2 straight through cables. Configure the wireless bridge to use the same SSID/channel/wep key as the other wireless network.

PCs on the wireless network and anything plugged into your switch will be able to communicate directly.
Top Expert 2007

I need a bit more info on the hardware in use for these computers.
Do both have hardwaired NICs and do either have wireless capability?
If both computers have wireless capability you don't need to connect them together with a crossover cable as they can communicate through the wireless. If only one computer is wireless and the other isn't then you will need to setup an ADHOC connection through the crossover cable to allow the second computer access to the ISP modem.
More info would help.


one pc has a NIC and a wireless card. The other one only has a INC card.
Top Expert 2007

You can create a network bridge in XP that will allow both computers to use the internet connection, but both computers will need to be running for the computer with the single NIC to connect to the internet.
This tutorial will give you some guidence on how to accomplish this with no more than the crossover cable.

ok. Thats more helpful.

Connect to the wireless network with your PC like you normally would. (with the computer that has wireless OR wired.

Plug the crossover between the 2 computers.

In the computer with both, open network connections (start > control panel > network connections)

Select your wireless interface, then hold down shift and click your wired connection.

When you have both of these connected, right click on one of them and select 'bridge connections'.

You can then reboot your wired-only computer and both PC's should be able to connect.
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