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Setting up an offline wireless network

Q: Setting up an offline wireless network

I just moved to an area where high speed internet is unavailable I ve been using my phone and tethering the data for internet so far which was been working fine However I have been wanted to use my wireless printer without having to go to the room it is in and plugging into it directly I m pretty good with computers but networking somtimes gets me Setting network an up offline wireless pretty confused What I want to do is have a wireless network that I can use to connect to my printer which supports wifi printing but that network doesn t need to Setting up an offline wireless network be online since my only source of internet is my phone I thought I could just set up a network like normal but not supply it with internet but unfortunetly when I connect to this network even though I am still connected to my other quot network quot I can t use the internet Is there any way to solve this problem Hopefully I am Setting up an offline wireless network clear and someone will understand my problem Let me know if you have any other questions and I ll do my best to answer them Thanks nbsp

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A: Setting up an offline wireless network

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Are any of the machines that are mapped, using hibernation or sleep?

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I would truly appreciate any help or advice.

Thanks all!

A:HELP on setting up an XP network for wireless and non-wireless computers together...
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A:Setting up Wireless network between 2 PCs

hope the info there helps
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i have a desktop running windows XP Sp2 and an old laptop also running winXP(dunno about the service pack). neither of these have built in wireless network support.

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i think i can do this with a wireless router and wireless adapters to connect to both computers. is there anything else i might need? any problems i'm likely to face? and also, can i connect one computer with a wire(to the wireless router which is connected to the internet,meaning i have to buy just one adapter) and still share files etc?

A:help in setting up wireless network

You can connect any combination of wired and wireless machines and share files. Note that sharing files over a wireless link will be MUCH slower than wired sharing.
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hi guys how you all doing?

i was just wondering...if i have an adsl line coming in to a
wireless router.(the modem)

i know its easy to have the other pc's on the wireless router
access the internet.

but how do you actually network machines on a wireless network?
i am never able to ping another machine connected to my wireless router!
or open its name \\pc name at start

do you have to set up access lists on the router.
do both routers have to be configured?
and what about dhcp which one should issue dhcp addresses the modem?

the dsl router connects to the wireless both have to be configured?

any info i will really appreciate.

A:setting up wireless network

If multiple computers are accessing the internet through the same router they are networked; if you can't ping in either direction it's because of a firewall blocking. Enabling file and printer sharing should allow them to share files and printers.

Computers connected to different routers will have considerable difficulty communicating.

Please describe your network connections including brand and model for all modems and routers.
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Can anyone translate the basics into simple for me?

A:setting up a wireless network

You've already got them networked. Below is most of what you need to get them to share files and printers in a workgroup. All you have to do is translate the XP-speak to Vista-speak. If you do the translation successfully you can then add that to the below and help lots of other people.

The following will set up a Microsoft Workgroup for File and Printer Sharing assuming the PCs are already networked via router, ad-hoc wireless or Ethernet (directly or using switch or hub).

In Network and Dial-up Connections (Win 2k Pro) or Network Connections (XP) right click on your connection and select ‘Properties.’ If not already there, install or add a check mark for “Client for Microsoft Networks, “File and Printer sharing …” and “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).”

Right click on My Computer and on the Computer Name tab make sure you have a unique computer name and the workgroup name that you want to use for all computers. Change if necessary.

Restart the PC.

You must uninstall or properly configure any 3rd party firewalls on each machine.

If using the XP SP2 firewall: Control Panel – Windows Firewall – on the General tab it should be “On” and on the Exceptions tab “File and Printer Sharing” should be selected.

The Shared Documents folder is automatically shared. Any other folders or printers you want to share, just right click on them and sharing ... . When sharing a printer, accept the offer to load other drivers if your other PCs have different Operating System(s).

When you first go into My Network Places there will be nothing there. The first time you click on 'View Workgroup computers' will probably result in great disappointment. It takes awhile (20 minutes or so) before all the computers in the workgroup get up-to-date and accurate lists of the other computers. Often you can speed up this process via Search for other computers.

When computers show up in My Network Places, double click on one to see its shares. If that includes a printer, you can right click on the printer to connect to it.
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A:Setting up wireless network

Hey, this link should help you.

If you want to know more about wireless then can you try going to this link. There are more links on the bottom of that page which should also be helpfull.

I recommend going to the manufacturer's homepage and looking at the user guide for the wireless router that you have.
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A:setting up wireless network

the 150 should be OK , as thats probably a lot faster than your ISP (internet service) so the only time you would see hte speed is internally copying files between PCs or if you have music or videos on another device and stream - but again you don't need anything like that speed to stream.

Also 300 speed routers do not always deliver that speed - it will depend on the environment , whats in the way and how far away you are

so to your questions

* Do I have to set up the wireless router before I create a network on the XP computer or vice versa?Click to expand...

it wont matter
does the XP pc have a wireless adapter - if so it should not need setting up - it will just receive ALL wireless signals and you connect to yours.
if you are adding a wireless adapter - then install that adapter and also the driver.
setup your router - in a lot of cases , you will not need to do anything , except connectup the cables and the on the XP connect to the wireless
the wireless name and the security password - is usually written on a label on the router itself

* If I set up a wireless network for both computers, will it work if I leave one wired?Click to expand...

you will need to connect the cable modem to the router
and then you connect the PC by cable to the router - the router will work both wireless and by cable
The only issue here will be if your cable modem is actually a modem router combination , as that will need a different setup to use the new router

* Can I connect the All in One as wireless even if the XLS computer is wired (assuming I have previously added this computer to the wireless network)?Click to expand...

yes, and it does not matter what order

*I noticed another network on the wireless adapter, probably a neighbor's. If I change the channel on the wireless router, do I have to do something about changing channels on the wireless adapter, printer and computers in the network? Click to expand...

You may need to change channels if your neighbour is on the same channel.
the adapters in the PCs Printer etc will see all the wireless channels. In the US thats channel 1 to 11 in Europe 1 to 13
Think of the adapters in the PCs / printers just like receivers and picking up every single signal thats in the area - then you choose which one to connect to

A few questions
1) whats the make and exact model of the cable modem
2) Whats the model of the trenda router
3) What download speed are you paying the cable service to receive ?
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A:Setting up a wireless network?

WPA or WPA2 with a strong key will be all that you need, and any new router will almost surely offer both. I have a D-Link DIR-615, and it's been a very decent router for me.

If you run into range issues, you can replace the antennas on that D-Link router with some hi-gain antennas to reach the shed.
Hawking Tech has a number of products that will help you increase your wireless range. The root page is Hawking Hi-Gain™ WiFi Range Extending Products.

Some of the more interesting products are this Hawking [HSB2] Hi-Gain WiFi Signal Booster, which can be used on either end of a wireless connection to boost the signal power.

Another way to increase your signal strength is by the use of hi-gain antennas. You can choose from omni-directional or directional models, here are a some examples.

Hawking [HAI7SIP] Hi-Gain 7dBi Omni-Directional Antenna

Hawking [HAI15SC] Hi-Gain 15dBi Corner Antenna

[HAO14SD] Outdoor Hi-Gain 14dBi Directional Antenna Kit

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For some reason I think the problem lies with, (Status: Not Associated)

Tried linksys tech support but it wsa a joke.
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Hmmm... I have always had good results with linksys tech support for the most part.

How is your router configured? Is it using a 128bit wep key? Did you follow the instructions carefully - I think the lan monitor has to be installed first, without the card in the slot, then insert the card.

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A:Help Setting up a wireless network?

It would be helpful if you specified make/model numbers for all the equipment, modem, router, wireless card. Also, the version and patch level of Windows would be very useful.

Since you are installing a bog-standard installation, I am confused as to the statement that the Linksys boot doesn't show you how, I suspect that you haven't looked at it closely enough.
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A:Setting up my wireless network

Looks like you need an *****s guide to getting going,

> Linksys Learning Center -
> Wireless - Basic Configuration -
> Wireless - Basic Security -

Let us know how you go on

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A:setting up a wireless network, need help

I don't know why your wired network would be running at 10mbit, since 100mbit is pretty standard. You'll also find that 100mbit Ethernet is MUCH faster in the real world than 802.11g connections. The real world speed of 802.11g is more like the mid 20's, and it's also half-duplex. Finally, when you have multiple connections to a single router or access point, you're all in contention for that bandwidth, so your real throughput drops to less than half of the single connection throughput.

There are lots of reasons for going wireless, but performance is NOT one of them.
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Did you enable the wireless functionality?

And you should turn off all security until it works.
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unfortionately i know very little about networking as i only got the internet last year.

the problem is probably very obvios to somebody who knows much!

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20 Metres is a long way, unless you have the wireless aerial on a tall pole
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A:Help setting up a wireless and wired network

"Don't see" means what? You cannot browse the network neigbourhood or you can't ping the other lot?

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A:Setting Up Wireless Network on Windows 7

Quote: Originally Posted by john8710w

When setting up the wireless network in Windows 7 it requests you to put in an 8 digit PIN number that is supposed to be on the router. I have a Trendnet TEW-432BRP router and can't find the number to put into the input box on the windows 7 install.

Any ideas?

I can manually connect the router to the internet but I want it to automatically be set up so that it connects every time I boot Windows 7.


I dont have that router, but you may want to try their website, support for information.

ProbABLY the number is IN THE packing materieal, hopefully not thrown out yet.
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What is the IP address of the computer and the XBOX?
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A:Setting up a wireless home network

No need to shout..

That 3-in-1 is just buzzwords. AT most you can say you have a 2-in-1 device that supports wifi and ethernet.

No, you don't need any extra hardware. Set up the AP as described in the manual. Once the wireless works you configure the network just like you would for a wired connection - there is no difference.

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A:Troubles setting up wireless ad hoc network


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A:Probs setting up wireless network between XP and ME

Can you see the other machine name in Network Places? If not, you appear to have a firewall or browsing issue. Of course, you could have also had a failure of one of the wireless cards.

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A:Questions about setting up wireless network

dlesko said:

Also, this says it is USB 2.0, the computer she will be using has USB 1.0 since it is an old computer. Will this still work?

And lastly, is there a way she can still use the printer if it is hooked up to my computer in my office?Click to expand...

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I will assume your new computer will have some version of Windows Vista. Yes, you can share the printer attached to your computer with other computers on your network:

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why not let the first router do all the DHCP ?

see here


Connecting two (or more) SOHO broadband routers together

Connecting two (or more) SOHO broadband routers together
From a John Will Post

Note: The "primary" router can be an actual router, a software gateway like Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing, or a server connection that has the capability to supply more than one IP address using DHCP server capability. No changes are made to the primary "router" configuration.

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What is the best way to go about this.Click to expand...

Hire a networking consultant with experience in a difficult environment such as this.
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A:Need help setting up wireless printer on network

ad-hoc is NOT the approach so you are find :wave:

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A:HELP NEEDED:Setting up wireless home network

type home group in the start menu search box and click on choose home group and sharing options

**If all computers on your home network are running Windows 7, create a homegroup
By far, the easiest way to set up file and printer sharing on a home network is to create a homegroup. A homegroup links computers on your network so that you can share pictures, music, videos, documents, and printers. You can help protect a homegroup with a password, and you'll always be able to choose what you share with the group. If all of the computers that you want to network are running Windows 7, creating a homegroup is the recommended method.
HomeGroup is available in all editions of Windows 7. In Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic, you can join a homegroup, but you can’t create one.
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Also I have been trying to use the XP (all computers have XP) network set up guide but my computers won't show the network nor be able to see other computers connected.
What should i do?
Thanks in advance for your help,

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There is no step by step on developing your network besides doing prefferences. You are the only one who can decide if there will be a "server" or not.

The most obvious question is - are all 4 PC's going to be on at all times? If the answer is no then your going to want to make one the server and the others be clients connecting in. If you never think there will be a time a file is needed but a PC is turned off that may house the files then you can keep it all seperate.

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What is "Input Director"?

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A:mapped network drive and network printer offline


I got this advice:

Here is the code:

ipconfig /flushdns (Clear the dns cache)
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A:'Wireless' setting doesn't appear in the Change PC Setting

Originally Posted by JFirefighter

I've got a Lenovo all-in-one 64 bit PC. When I click on Change PC Settings in the Settings charm the 'Wireless' option is missing. It appears exactly as expected on my laptop - also a 64bit windows 8 machine.

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A:Wireless printer offline

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A:wireless Printer offline?

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