I have a simple wireless home networking setup question!

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by Joe Samangitak, Feb 4, 2005.

  1. ....or 3.

    1) I have a Speedstream USB DSL modem, and I want to set up my desktop
    PC computer to simply share the hi-speed internet connection with
    another desktop PC computer down the hall, about 50 feet away, sans
    wires. If I get a wireless router, do BOTH computers also need a PCI
    wireless adapter card, or is it just the remote computer that needs an
    adapter card, since the router already has an antenna that can
    (presumably) communicate with the remote computer's wireless adapter
    card?

    2) Also, I understand both the cards and the router have to conform to
    the same standard (ie. 802.11b). Does this mean I can buy any router
    and PCI card that conform to this standard and expect them to be
    compatible, or are there compatibility issues I need to consider when
    pairing a wireless PCI adapter card with a wireless router of another
    manufacturer?

    3) What about compatibility issues between the router and my service
    provider's DSL modem; do I need to ensure the wireless router can
    accept a USB connection, or do I need to ask my provider to supply a
    modem with an Ethernet connection, etc?


    Thanks a bunch to anyone for clarifying any of these issues for me!
    I've read a lot of FAQ's and articles on home networking, and found
    none of them were clear enough to answer these questions.
     
    Joe Samangitak, Feb 4, 2005
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  2. Joe Samangitak

    Tom Scales Guest

    It's not as hard as it seems.

    On the computer next to the modem, you can run a cable to the router. The
    remote computer needs a wireless NIC. I prefer a USB one, since I can then
    put it up higher. I also recommend 802.11g, not b, since it is faster for
    sharing files between the computers.

    Personally, I like the Linksys WRT54G and their USB2 adapter. Have worked
    flawlessly for me for years (various Linksys models).

    Tom
     
    Tom Scales, Feb 4, 2005
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  3. Joe Samangitak

    DLink Guru Guest

    Ok, you will not find a router that will accept a USB connection from a
    Cable/DSL Modem. Any routers with USB connections built in are strickly for
    devices like printers. Your setup will have to look like this:

    Computer #1 connected to the USB DSL Modem and via ethernet NIC to the
    wireless router.
    Computer #2 connected to wireless router via a wireless PCI or wireless USB
    Client.
    On Computer number 1 run the Network Setup Wizard and turn on Internet
    Connection Sharing.
    On Computer number 2 run the Wireless Network Wizard.

    Now a few Notes:
    1.The above instructions assume you are using Windows XP SP2.
    2.Disable all software firewall while setting up your network. After you get
    everything running good, enable your firewalls and configure them as needed.
    3.You will have to configure your router for DHCP and any filtering you
    want.
    4.I have never been able to get a shared internet connection using Windows
    Internet Connection Sharing while using a USB modem. If you cant either you
    will need to use an Internet Sharing Server Proxy. Here is a few to try:

    1. Wingate- http://www.wingate.com

    2. Winroute Firewall- http://www.deerfield.com/products/winroute-firewall/

    3. WinProxy- http://www.winproxy.com/index.asp

    4. PPPShar- http://www.pppindia.com/intl/pppshar/

    5. CCProxy- http://www.youngzsoft.net/ccproxy/

    6. EzProxy-
    http://www.lavasoftware.net/en/content/ezproxy/overview.htm?AfID=12353

    7. Analogx Proxy-
    http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/network/proxy.htm



    Robert...
     
    DLink Guru, Mar 13, 2005
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  4. Another solution to the problem is to get a Wireless ADSL router (e.g. the
    DreyTech Vigor 2600we) then you can share the wireless with both computers.
     
    Jonathan Wilson, Mar 13, 2005
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  5. Joe Samangitak

    DLink Guru Guest

    Since he has a USB modem, a router would not be of much more use then what
    he is doing now. The best suggestion is to get a new moden with ethernet and
    a wireless router.

    Robert....
     
    DLink Guru, Mar 13, 2005
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  6. The router we have (the DreyTech) plugs directly into the ADSL phone line
    with no need for a seperate ADSL modem (i.e. it has one built in). It has
    802.11b WiFi, Firewall, NAT, Port Forwarding, VPN, DHCP and some other
    things. It also has 4 port ethernet connection to plug computers in without
    a WiFi card. I have no doubt that the DreyTech is not the only 802.11 WiFi
    router out there with built-in ADSL modem.

    This would be an easier solution than getting an Ethernet ADSL modem and
    then a normal WiFi router.
     
    Jonathan Wilson, Mar 14, 2005
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  7. Joe Samangitak

    DLink Guru Guest

    Easier for now yes, but for future upgrading of the router it would not be
    the best option.

    Robert....
     
    DLink Guru, Mar 14, 2005
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