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    Wireless Network Primer (XP Home SP2)

    I tried to set up a network between desktop and laptop, both running XPSP2. After using the wizard on both machines, I created a network called HOME in network places. the machines are DESK and MOBILE. The laptop is fully wireless enabled with an internal antenna. The desktop has a wireless card and a small antenna which plugs into it.

    The network is up and running on both machines, according to the control panel applet, and on each machine I can see HOME in Network places, with the shared folders on THAT machine, but neither machine can see the other.

    I have been told that I need a hub or router, and that I do not need one for simple peer to peer networking. I have been told to use the setup wizard, and to totally ignore it and create the entire network manually, by typing in workgroup names and IP addresses.

    Maybe I need a simple step-by-step primer to walk me through the entire setup process, after deleting the networks created - Perhaps one of the 'Woody Recommended' Windows XP manual.

    Any comments welcome please
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    Re: Wireless Network Primer (XP Home SP2)

    See if this helps.
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    Re: Wireless Network Primer (XP Home SP2)

    Thanks - quite interesting. I think that my problem is that the XP Wizards did not set up properly (perhaps I gave wrong answers or choices), and I do not quite understand enough to do a complete manual setup and bypass the wizard.
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    Re: Wireless Network Primer (XP Home SP2)

    You have stated that each computer has a wireless NIC, but did not say any thing about a "Router", do you have one?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Wireless Network Primer (XP Home SP2)

    No. I have been told that for a simple peer-to-peer network of 2 machines, a router is not required. In fact at one stage, the network actually recognised each machine, but has now gone back to just seeing its own shared folders
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    Re: Wireless Network Primer (XP Home SP2)

    This it true, IF you are running a "Wired" connection and it requires that you use a "Cross over" cable v.s. a straight through cable.

    You are going to need to get a "Wireless Router" to do what you want.

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    Re: Wireless Network Primer (XP Home SP2)

    The "AD-HOC" network is not difficult to set up. You do not need a cable or router. Rather than posting hastily typed instructions I suggest you check your manual, or download a wireless network adapter manual from the D-link support site as there are pictures and a complete step by step explanation. They are in PDF format. No registration needed.

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    Re: Wireless Network Primer (XP Home SP2)

    I took a quick look at the D-Link site. It looks like I have to choose a product code to get technical info??
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    Re: Wireless Network Primer (XP Home SP2)

    You don't say anything about the Firewall you have running on each machine.
    I use Zone Alarm, and you have to include the 'other' IP address in the trusted zone on each machine. Can you inspect the Firewall alert logs to see if you had a blocked activity from an IP address something like 192.168.0.2 ?
    I've no idea about how other firewalls work, but I'd expect the principle to be similar

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    Re: Wireless Network Primer (XP Home SP2)

    ZA has the net in the Trusted zone, and all initial testing was with ZA turned off
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    Re: Wireless Network Primer (XP Home SP2)

    Which wireless network adapters are each of your computers using? If we have specific model info, we can direct you more clearly.
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    Re: Wireless Network Primer (XP Home SP2)

    Just go to http://support.dlink.com/ and from the drop down put in "DWL" then "AB650" or "G660". (The newer the product ID more than likely will be more up to date.)Then download the PDF.

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