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Wireless Network w/o wireless router

by pcfreak / July 15, 2005 1:58 AM PDT

i have two PCs,one a win xp pro machine and another a win 98se. the win xp machine is running on a adsl connection while the win 98 machine does not have any internet connection. can i share files between both PCs wirelessly using ad-hoc and ICS?
i already have a router and will be getting two pci/usb wireless LAN cards. is there anything else that i need?

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just my opinion...
by Dick White / July 15, 2005 2:26 AM PDT

but whatever small cost savings you are getting by purchasing the PCI/USB adapter for your XP Pro system over buying a wireless router to replace the current router will soon be taken out of your hide in frustration. Yes, you can do that, but the hassles of figuring it out and keeping it running aren't worth it. I really do strongly recommend getting a wireless router. The main XP system will continue to be connected by ethernet (yes, "wireless" routers all still have 4 wired ports too just like the old ones...)and the W98 system will connect by wireless using the new adapter you'll install in it. Furthermore, the XP system will not need to be turned on in order for the '98 system to connect as would be the case when you are using ICS.


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Wireless AP instead of Router
by pcfreak / July 18, 2005 5:59 PM PDT

since i already had a 4-port router, is it recommendable for me to get a wireless access point instead of a brand new wireless router?

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I'll write no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 18, 2005 9:18 PM PDT

A WAP is just about as much or more money than a WIFI router (WAP + router). Your shopping can confirm this.

Also, by having 2 devices, you find you have to master 2 systems rather than 1.


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