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Changing computer to wireless

by jbndhs / March 2, 2006 5:43 AM PST

I have a E machine S2482, Win xp sp2, 768 Ram that is connected to the router. When I say connected to the router I mean it is the one used to set the router up. I also have another computer connected to the router wired and a laptop wireless. I know that when the first computer (Emachine) is turned off I can still get online with either of the others. I need to install a Linksys wmp11 wireless card in the first computer in order to use it on a park wide wireless network. I want to get all the bugs worked out before I connect my network to the parks network. So now my question. If I disconnect the Emachine from the router will my present network still work? If the answer is yes then there should not be a problem when I install the wireless card either. Right?

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Your network should not...
by Michael Geist / March 2, 2006 6:36 AM PST

be dependent on any one PC provided your router is working as it should. I would answer yes to your query, as long as you properly install the wireless card and the network you wish to use has open access.

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depends on your setup
by linkit / March 2, 2006 6:43 AM PST

Internet ---- modem ---- router ~-~-~ all computers
Then you can disconnect any computer from the router and the others still will have access to the Internet.

Internet ---- modem --- computer1 ~-~-~ router ~-~-~ other computers
If you disconnect computer1 from the router, then the other computers will not have access to the Internet.

---- wired
~ ~ ~ wireless
~-~-~ wired and/or wireless

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depends on your setup
by jbndhs / March 2, 2006 7:07 AM PST
In reply to: depends on your setup

Thanks all of you for your help. Linkit in your second example "Internet ---- modem --- computer1 ~-~-~ router ~-~-~ other computers" wouldn't you need 2 "nic" cards?

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correct
by linkit / March 2, 2006 8:11 AM PST
In reply to: depends on your setup

Yes, you would need 2 network adapters. It's called Windows Internet Connection Sharing (ICS). Not an uncommon setup.

For more info, Google: WINDOWS ICS

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Thats the plan
by jbndhs / March 2, 2006 8:37 AM PST
In reply to: correct

Thats the plan, after I am sure everything is setup right to add another card. I will then use a crossover cable to connect to the router and my network will be on the park's. Then I will be able to cancel my dsl. Do you agree with that?

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I'm not sure about that crossover cable... but
by Gakada / March 2, 2006 6:27 PM PST

from your post it seems that you want to use the 'PARK' wireless for ALL your computer..right?

Anyway, using wmp11 is only make one PC get connected to the Park wireless...

The laptop, I supposed, already a wireless adaptor.. so you can connect the wireless.. right?

Then you also have another PC, that doesn't have a wireless adaptor..

If all those computer are connected to a ROUTER, then you get a network.

Now, if you just get another wmp11 for the other pc.. then all computer can connect to the internet... using the Park wireless.

OR .. you can get a wireless accesspoint router (configure it as repeater).. and connect your pc that doesn't have wireless adaptor to it..

By the way, if you cancel your DSL, then you will have no internet, incase the park network is down.

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