Send messages to PC through a wireless router using laptop (without a network)?

Posted on 2007-07-24
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Hi, I'm wanting to send messages to my PC (which has Wireless Router connected to it) from my laptops (which connect to the router for internet, but don't connect to a wireless network). On a network I know I could use the netsend function in DOS, but that doesn't work because I'm not on a network. Also I know I could send messages via MSN, but I would prefer to be able to send messages without someone having to login on using MSN on both the PC and laptop.

Basically is there a program I can download or a native function within XP that allows me to send messages to my PC, I have named it as homepc, I did try netsend homepc  message, didn't work.
Question by:shakoor_h
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    Can you tell me a little bit more about your setup?

    What are the two computers and what operating systems are they running?

    What type of wireless router are you using, and how is it connected to the PC and the laptops for internet connection?

    What type of messages are you wanting to send?

    I'm just not getting a clear picture of what you have there I guess.  If your machines connect to the internet through this router, then you do have them connected over a network and you can use a program like LAN Chat that doesn't require an internet connection for the two machines to communicate.  You can download it free here:

    If that's not the case, please answer the questions for me, and I'll do my best to help you out.

    Author Comment

    OK, Main PC is connected to my Wireless Netgear router (which is connected to my network card on PC and Internet modem), my laptops use that router for an Internet connection (no encryption, but secured cos it only allows my laptops' mac addresses). All using Windows XP.

    I just want to be able to send any message, to tell whoever is on that computer to do something (i.e. download something or bring a cd from there). I will try that app soon, I need to install it to both computers right? Because it recognises my PC as "Homepc", but it didn't send the message I think because it isn't installed on that PC.
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    Yes, it needs to be installed on both computers for the messaging or file sending to work.  I think you'll find it's quite handy.  Years ago we used a program called winpopup over a Lan to do basically the same thing.  Now you can transfer files, and pictures, and even music.  Let me know how it works for you.

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    It works thanks, great program a little busy on the GUI though.

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