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    Networking question

    I have two Windows based PC's. One is a laptop running Windows 7 and the other is a Windows 8 based desktop. My network interface is a Cricket Crosswave that has an internal cell modem. The desktop is USB attached and the laptop attaches via wifi. The Crosswave establishes a dial call to the internet and also establishes a Wifi network. Both PC's interface acceptably to the internet via the Crosswave. I would like to enable file sharing and printer sharing (desktop has the printer). The desktop does not have a wifi adapter.

    How or can I setup a network?

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    I am not sure you can, between the desktop and another other connected wireless device, to be honest. Probably the device functions as a modem when connected to the USB port of the desktop, so it's not clear to me that is possible. You can find out though.

    Open a command prompt window on the desktop, while connected to the internet type ipconfig /all and post the results here.
    It may be needed to do similar on the laptop, but we can decide on that once you post the results.

    It's possible that someone who has a similar device can provide a more insightful experience.
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    You can also immediately try to setup homegroups in both windows 7 and 8 and if the devices are in the same network, things will just work. Here is a step by step guide: http://www.groovypost.com/howto/crea...s-8-homegroup/
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    Thanks for the quick reply, here is a copy of the ipconfig /all:

    Windows PowerShell
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    PS C:\Users\Henry Sohm> ipconfig /all

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hsohm109916
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

    Mobile Broadband adapter Mobile broadband:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : HUAWEI Mobile Connect - 3G Network Card
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1E-10-1F-47-6D
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.100(Preferred)
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
    Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Thursday, April 11, 2013 10:29:08 AM
    Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Friday, April 12, 2013 10:29:08 AM
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
    DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
    192.168.1.1
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

    Ethernet adapter Bluetooth Network Connection:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network)
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-26-83-3B-59-5A
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Ethernet adapter Ethernet:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) 82579V Gigabit Network Connection
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 50-46-5D-6F-2A-C7
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter isatap.{2363F2ED-55F0-4AF0-96BE-7C6DCDF423F2}:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

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    Ok, can you do that for the laptop, too? Contrary to my early prediction, you may have, indeed, both computers in the same network, so I would try the advice in the link posted earlier.
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    Can't do today but will post the results tomorrow. Thanks.

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    No problem, do let us know how it goes.
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    The following is the ipconfig /all from the laptop:

    C:\Users\Denise>ipconfig /all

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : LaptopBob
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

    Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Conn
    ection
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-12-F0-56-6E-6B
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::2d7f:f0:c48a:76c%12(Preferred)
    IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.101(Preferred)
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
    Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Friday, April 12, 2013 10:08:30 AM
    Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Saturday, April 13, 2013 10:08:30 AM
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
    DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
    DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 352326384
    DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-13-D9-0A-FF-00-11-43-7A-EC-D6

    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
    192.168.1.1
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controlle
    r
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-11-43-7A-EC-D6
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 9:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2001:0:4137:9e76:2cd7:1521:ba54:5d71(Pref
    erred)
    Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::2cd7:1521:ba54:5d71%14(Preferred)
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : ::
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled

    Tunnel adapter isatap.{8DE7390C-73BF-4502-98D1-466C577C1466}:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

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    Their IPs are ok. You can configure your network as explained in the link I posted in post #3.
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    On the Windows 8 Homegroup page, it says that my computer can not create or join a homegroup because my network location is public and not private. That sounds pretty definite. On the Network and Sharing Center page, my network is marked as "Unidentified".

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    See if this helps setting it private. Otherwise we may have to go without a Homegroup.
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    I don't think my Windows 8 has a policy editor.

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    Policy editor to do what? You don't need to edit policies to do any of the above?
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    Sorry, I went to the Windows 7 tutorial after attempting the writeup for Windows 8. I think that since my network is unnamed, when I attempt the writeup by clicking on the network icon, rather than having my network listed I just get no connections are available. I then looked at the Windows 7 tutorial and it went the policy editor route. I'm kind of stumped.

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    So you created the Homegroup in Windows 8, right? If you can't open Network and Sharing center from the icon, just go to Control Panel and choose Network and Sharing Center from there. You can then simply click Homegroup at the bottom of that window.
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