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- WLAN Question
April 23, 2006, 3:20 am
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I have just obtained a wireless broadband modem/router. I'm waiting for
broadband to be connected but in the mean time I am trying to get two
notebooks to share files wirelessly, mine and my wife's. Both are shown
as connected to the WLAN network with excellent signal strength. Now
what do I do next to share files? What I mean to say is how do I send or
receive? If, say, I would like to send some digital images to my wife's
computer, what steps should I follow?
We are both using Windows XP Pro.
And another question - the wireless network is indicated as "unsecured."
Can anyone give me clues as to how to secure it?
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Re: WLAN Question
site. Detailed instructions would be lengthy, but basically, both
computers need to be in the same workgroup with different computer
names, and you need to share a drive or folder on each of them. Once
you do that, the shared drive/folder will be visible when you open "My
Network Places" and you can just "drag and drop" as if the files were in
different folders of the same computer.
You need to enable encryption and establish keys. This can be quite
daunting, depending on the hardware involved. If you have a choice of
WPA or WEP encryption, select WPA. Look for instructions on the web
site of the mfgr. of your router. I would not operate the network
unencrypted, your neighbors may be able to see and even modify files on
your PC if you do that. In other words, do this before you share
folders and files as per the paragraph above.
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April 24, 2006, 7:59 am
Re: WLAN Question
Contrary to common belief, it is not necessary for the computers to have the
Many routers will not allow the WiFi to operate when there is no DSL
connection. To get around this, if it is a problem, you need to set the
WiFi drivers to operate in 'Ad Hoc' mode. This allows the WiFi ports to
talk directly to each other rather than through the router. You may have to
manually assign IP address, but if you do, you need to return them to their
default settings when the DSL line is connected or the router may not allow
acces to the internet.