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Q: Wireless home network and IPhone

I have a wireless home netwerk using at&t 2wire. It uses WEP encryption. I have heard that the IPhone does not work with WEP and WPA/WPA2 should be used instead. I'd like to get some feedback from the experts on this forum as to whether this would make the IPhone usable on a home network and whether making this security change is a good idea. If the change to WPA is made, is there anything else required to make the IPhone work on the network, or will it then be automatic? Everything works fine right now on my home setup and I want to make sure I don't mess anything up by making changes. Please comment. Thanks very much in advance.

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A: Wireless home network and IPhone

Well, WPA or WPA2 is far better than WEP in any case, so even if the iPhone works with WEP, I'd move up to real encryption anyway.

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Every time I connect to my home network with iPhone 4 my whole network stops working. Windows 7 is not reporting any problems with connection, nor is my router. I have cable connection with my PC and wireless with my laptop, they both just stop working without any visible reason. Even the iphone i connect with wont work, but of course it says its connected and everything is ok.

I tought it was an iOS 5 problem, so I reinstalled it. It worked for an hour then its all back again. I even tried sharing my PC connection so that my iPhone is connected to PC and not directly to router. But that produced the same results.

My roomate's iphone 3gs with iOS5 works normally.

Any ideas? Thnx.

A:iPhone kills home network

Is your network slowing to a crawl, or really not working? Can you still ping the router from one of the computers?

I've seen a few people report that with the latest iOS update all their "stuff" is automatically uploaded to 'the cloud" and that has seriously limited any other use of their network. I believe that there is a setting telling the iPhone to not do the backup until further notice. If this turns out to be the issue you can let it do the uploading when no one is trying to network.

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There's a program I use (Pocket Informant iPhone Outlook Sync) which requires that my PC and iPhone be on the same network in order to sync.

The problem is that it works only when using my home network. When I'm at home, from my PC I am able to successfully ping my iPhone, which is connected to my WiFi network. This works whether myh PC is also ethernet-connected or WiFi-connected.

When I travel, however, even though I successfully connect to the WiFi network on my iPhone and PC, I am unable to ping my iPhone.

I have tried disabling the Windows Firewall and I get the same result!

I can't believe that all these different WiFi networks I connect to (airport, hotel, work) that they all have a configuration issue, so I'm thinking that the reason for the discrepancy must be because of some setting/configuration on my PC/home network.

Is there anyhing else besides disabling the Windows Firewall that I can try?


A:Unable to ping my iPhone on any WiFi outside my home network

You wouldn't want your devices pingable from a public network... thus the reason they're configured this way.

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I can't figure this out .........

I have a wireless broadband service (ie not BT / Virgin or down a satellite link) 'cos I live in a remote rural area; the service is great and the wireless receiver is on my house roof. Indoors I have a Belkin wireless router that allows me to access the internet via lap tops and desk top computers; all of my computers are either Dell or Samsung. My wireless router is secured with a password (WPA2). No problems here.

I have an iPhone 4 and have a number of 'Apps', one of which is 'IP Scanner' that will scan all the bits of kit connected to ..... I know not what. Now the weird thing is, when I run this app, it is picking up all my neighbour's Apple kit; it picks up his iMac, Airport Extreme, Apple TV, file Sharing thing, the lot. It picks up about 15 separate items and gives me IP addresses, MAC addresses, etc etc. I can 'ping some of these items from my own desk top computer. My neighbour lives about 500m or so from my house so too far for me to pick up his own wireless network. So I'm puzzled.?? Why is my iPhone 'seeing' this ??

The only thing I can think of is the wireless BBand provider has put up a relay transmitter thing that sends the wireless signal to his house and I'm somehow picking his stuff up through that?

Any 'Sherlocks' out there ; any help would be appreciated.


A:iPhone and my wireless network - a puzzle

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) M processor 1.60GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 13 Stepping 8
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 1015 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 915GM/GMS,910GML Express Chipset Family, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 52940 MB, Free - 22528 MB; D: Total - 19061 MB, Free - 15717 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., , , . . .
Antivirus: AntiVir Desktop, Updated: No, On-Demand Scanner: Disabled
Started laptop and couldn't connect to wireless network, which used to work. I tried "netsh..reset.log" , "netsh.." , Repairing the network connection but still not working.
HELP anyone please. lost

A:Can't connect to wireless network but capable of connecting to internet thru iphone

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I already have a home security camera system. What I'am looking for is software I can put on my desk top that will notify me on my iphone when motion detection is activated. As well as allow me
to monitor the cameras from my iphone.

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I have a Yoga 13 running Windows 8.1 that has recently stopped connecting to my home wireless network. All the latest Windows Updates are installed at this time.I have uninstalled the Realtek Network device and the related drivers, rebooted and tested without luck.This unit sees the networks and if I enter a wrong password, it asks for a re-entry of the correct password.  When the correct password is entered it says "Checking Network Requirements" then fails with "Can't connect to this network"None of the troubleshooting services have been successful.All my other devices connect without any issues. I am runniing a Netgear R8000 Nighthawk wireless router. What is odd is that this laptop will connect to my iPhone 6 hotspot without any issues. I suspected a windows update may be the cause so I downloaded drivers from Lenovo for the wireless adapter.  Uninstalled the current ones, rebooted, and then installed the Lenove supplied drivers.  Still no joy. Any other suggestions short of a reinstall of the OS? Cheers! Hawkeye007

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I did not set up my pc's to share over my home wireless network, but suddenly today I see that all drives and the printer are available between each computer. I had tried to set up the computers to share months ago, but never got it to work and gave up.

The desktop is old, running WinME, one laptop is running WinXPpro, the other laptop is running Vista. They are all connected to a Westell router/dsl modem for internet through Verizon.

So, I turn the desktop off daily. Today I go to turn it off and it says the WinXP laptop is connected and do I really want to shut down. I go to windows explorer on both machines and sure enough I have access to the other drives on each computer. I start the Vista machine and see the same.

Am I compromised?

A:MY home computers suddenly sharing over home wireless network

If you didn't make the change to share all drives, then somebody did. I would assume the worst. Time to reformat and reinstall.

Windows ME is past end of life, and no security updates are provided by MS. I wouldn't run it anymore. Maybe you'd want to try out some linux distros, some are quite good on old hardware. See this review:

It seems you don't have a separate router, I would advise you to get one. I have a modem/router too but I also have a separate hardware firewall/router. The modem/router does NAT but I constantly see connections/attacks making it past the modem/router to my firewall. Having a separate router is a good thing.

Since you are using wireless, did you enable the encryption? If you have WPA or WPA2 use them and setup a long and complicated passphrase. Use WEP if you have no other choice cause WEP can be broken into real quick. You must enable encryption because with wireless, all your machines are sitting ducks when you have close range attackers, whereas with wired, at least you still have a perimeter which you can fortify with a firewall. Also it is especially important to have software firewalls on Each PC when using wireless.

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I have a problem with my home wireless network. My network operatates at 2.4 GHz and so does my home wireless phone. Everytime my phone rings I get disconnected from my wireless network. Is there anything I can do to fix this problem?

A:Everytime my wireless home phone rings I get disconnected from my wireless network.

Welcome to Tech Spot

Do you have 802 B or 802 G wireless?

When I was in Best Buy, one of the sale people mentioned how 2.4 GHZ phone interferes with 802 B Wireless networks (uses same frequencies).

He mentioned that 802 G wireless network were not affected with the phones.

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I'm trying to setup/connect a wireless printer (HP All-in-one) so that a user can use his laptop wireless and print from anywhere in the house.

He did not have any network set-up previously.He had dialup and just purchased a new laptop (with wireless) and this new printer and has just gotten this new Rogers "Rocket" Stick. (It's a USB internet connection uses cell phone frequency.)

Normally this is pretty straight forward when conected to a wireless router.
(I brought over a wireless router to test out)

When Rogers "Rocket" stick is connected (for internet), Can I connect to another wireless home network for sharing at the same time?

Computer Vista Laptop with Rogers Rocket Stick.
I tried a couple of things.

Setup a wireless network:
1) I used the setup internet connection wizard to configure a computer to computer wireless adhoc network (appears to work for very short distances - 30 feet) I was able to print a test page but not anything else - so I thought about using my Dlink Router for greater distance (if it was a distance thing as indicated.

2) I setup the (Dlink) wireless router as a standalone wireless network - not conected to the internet (configured it) and then configured my HP printer (wireless) to connect to that network. I successfully configured the printer via wizard to connect to the found network.
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A:Solved: How to - Wireless Internet & Home network with wireless Printer

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Hi there, I use Wireless internet for both my pc and laptop, and connect through my BT Homehub. But whenever I open the wireless connections tab, it always shows a Talk Talk Wireless option along with the BT one which I use (and sometimes a 3rd connection that is unknown to me).
I think my network is secure, as I have to put a network key in before it will connect to the internet on the PC, but when I connect to the internet on the laptop no key is required, (so unsure a bit now) but I just wanted to make sure that the Talk Talk connection and the other one that is showing, is not somebody who can see all of the files on either my pc or laptop.
Just wanted some advice really, to make sure I dont have anybody viewing my files etc. Thank you in advance.

A:Solved: Home Network Picks up unknown wireless network

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I just purchased a DLink DWL-G630 Cardbus adapter that is b and g compatible. I was thought that by getting this, that we I go to a café, hotel, McDonald's(that has it), my job or any place that has a wireless network that Id be able to connect and browse through there network.

Well I don't have one at home but when at work where I know they have a wireless network, I cannot see it on my available networks to connect too. Am I doing something wrong?

My laptop has windows XP Pro on it.


I have a Siemens phone system at home. It operates on 2.4 ghz as well as the wireless router that I plan on getting. I saw one on tigerdirect that is also a Dlink. Will they work in my home or will there be some conflicts when I'm on the phone?

Any help may be appreciated.

A:home wireless network and wireless laptop question...

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My home network has several componants. DSL 1024 down 250 up and wireless 4500 down, 3000 up My windows xp computer is connected to the wireless, vista 64 ultimate is connected to DSL but both are part of my home network and I am able to share files. This part is fine it is hard wired. My laptop xp pro wireless or hard wired sees the home network all is good. Problem my tablet vista premium 32 can only connect to wireless down wirelessly is not able to share files.Not part of home network. file sharing and discovery are on It will connect to home network hard cable and share files when I get thwwat part figured out. It is a member of home network Vista says my home network wireless is a hidden network. How do I correct this problem. I am using a DSL modem to a monowall router with wireless to switches through out the house. The wireless signal from a different provider through a (5 meg I think anttena) also goes to the mono wall router. Monowall router is working correctly, at least hard wired. The purpose of a wireless home network is to sorry be wireless and able to move around and share files. Sorry if it is confusing I had it all working with xp Vista is a problem, that I have not figured out yet. Help

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I am currently renovating and extending a bungalow and want to install a wireless network that will cover the whole house with good coverage.
There is only one desktop in the study at one end of the house, all the other devices will be wireless but used over the house, up to 25m away through walls.
How can I ensure the whole house is covered, how do I go about setting up access points?
If I have to install Cat5 cable I need to do it soon as the electrician is there at the moment wiring the whole house.
Any ideas or system diagrams welcome


A:Home wireless network

Hey Ben, There is a lot to consider before set plans can be made, for instance where does the internet come into the house, could a wireless router be set in the middle of the house?
If the Router has to be where the desk top is located, there is options like adding a wireless extender, but you won't really know where this has to go until the network is running to know the weak spots.
You could run some cable from the desktop location(if thats where the Router is) to the other end of the house, and then put another Wireless access point there.
It also depends on the router you are using, for instance if you use 802.11n it gives you a stronger signal.

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Want to connect second computer to the internet with a wireless network. Already have broadband internet connected through a router to main computer in living room and to Xbox in grandson's bedroom - no problems with this. Grandson has purchased a wireless network adaptor which he has installed into the second computer - but cannot get connection.
Have windows XP on main computer which has a wireless network wizard but although have gone through setup on this, still have no connection.
Obviously doing something wrong; doing something in the wrong order or have wrong equipment.
Could someone explain in very simple English the process involved in connecting the second computer to our wireless network.
Thanks from one confused grandmother

A:Home wireless network

Disable encryption on the router and try to connect that way. If successful re-enable encryption and reconnect. If possible use WPA-PSK. If you have to use WEP use a HEX key, not an ascill passcode that sometimes gets translated differently by different devices.

Can you successfully connect the second computer via ethernet?

If still unsuccessful with the wireless please show ...

Start, Run, CMD, OK to open a command prompt:

Type the following command:


Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
Paste the results in a message here.

If necessary use a text file and removable media to copy the results to a computer with internet access.

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I have recently bought a 2nd computer. My brother shall therefore receive the old one. I am interested in installing a wireless network so that we can both share our adsl internet connection.
I have a new Dell 8400 and he has an eMachines 770. His room is directly above mine.

My query is, as i am not too experienced when it comes to networking, i am just wondering what i actually need? I presume i need to get a router to replace my fujitsu modem? So please could anyone who wishes to help please give me a list of the things i need to buy in order for this to work, and how easy is it to install and get working? Links to particular products would be very helpful also! I heard NetGear are good but any suggestions are much appreciated.

Thankyou very much !

A:Wireless Network, 2 home PC's

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Hello everybody !
I will buy a laptop (toshiba satellite a500) and that laptop has wireless
10/100/1000 LAN .. And I don't know, I have wireless network at home ?
I have a desktop now and it's with cable So it didn't had wireless card or adapter.
And anyone tell me some suggestions, where I can see I have wireless network ?

A:Wireless Network at home :)

If you dont have a router, then you dont have a wireless network..

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I have recently installed a wireless home network system. I'm using the Linksys WRT54G router. I have Comcast Cable internet. My desktop is hooked to the router by cable and my two laptops are hooked wirelessly. I have a Canon i850 color printer hooked by USB cabel to my desktop. What I want to know is there a way that I can get my two laptops to print through that printer over the wireless connection?

A:Wireless home network

Sure, just share the printer on the desktop and you can print to it from any machine on the network.

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This is probably going to sound like a stupid question but what equipment will i need to connect two pcs which are upstairs to my pc downstairs wirelessly.
At the present time i have 1 pc upstairs connected by a crossover cable to my pc downstairs sharing my adsl connection and printer etc.. but i want the 3rd pc to connect to my pc also sharing the adsl etc...

But what gear do i need to buy and where do i connect it?

A:Wireless home network

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My configuration is this: downstairs my PC connected thru ethernet cable directly to a Linksys wireless router. Upstairs, my sons computer going thru a Linksys wireless bridge (WET11) to connect to the internet.

About 2-3 weeks ago (after 8 months of it working properly), without any warning and (as far as I know) no changes to the computer (ie. no new software, etc.), the internet connection was lost and no matter what we try, it won't come back up. We've even run an ethernet cable at this point, from his computer directly to the wireless router downstairs to see if he could get on the internet. Even with this connection, he cannot. The device manager says all is working fine, the internet connection wizard tries but cannot "repair" the connection. It sometimes says limited connection but packets are sent only, none recieved.

Info: both PC's are WinXP Home, SP2, have NIS and the Win firewall turned off. The downstairs computer has continued to have no problems and when connected wirelessly with my son's ethernet bridge (to see if it actually still worked properly), works just as well.

This is very frustrating as we feel we've tried everything, which I'm sure we haven't - hopefully, someone out there can give us something we haven't thought about. Help!

A:Wireless PC went down on Home Network

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We have a wireless access point router. We have three other computers [all computers windows xp]working well with this wireless connection. I would like to link our printer so that a word document on the wireless computer can use the printer in another location. Is this possible Thanks

A:wireless home network

Hiya and welcome

I've moved you to the Networking forum, as you should get more replies



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i was wondering if anyone else has set up a wireless home network?mine is up and running but to tell you the truth i dont have a clue...so every time it goes wrong i dont know what the problem is, it gives me number error messages that tell me absolutely nothing about what the problem is, when i visit the website for my products and enter my error number, its never in the list!i just fiddle about with my settings until it works again without ever really knowing what the problem was in the first place which is not very helpful for next time, sometimes i get so frustrated i just walk away and leave it for a few hours and when i come back it just works!
has anyone else had this problem or am i just being thick?

A:wireless home network

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Hey everyone. I'm not too experienced at creating home networks, so I'm looking for some advice. Here's my setup. In my room upstairs I have a laptop with centrino built-in wireless 802.11b. This is connected to the internet via cable modem. Downstairs towards the other end of the house is the other computer, with a cheap lanready 11b wireless adapter. I can't get the downstairs computer working. It seems that the signal strength isnt strong enough, although its only about 30 feet in a straight line from computer to computer. I brought the laptop downstairs and then it could see the wireless network, but upstairs it just won't work. What are my options at this point, besides going wired....?? What would be my cheapest option? Thanks for any advice anyone can throw my way.

A:Need help with wireless home network

I'd suggest purchasing a wireless router that you can connect to the modem.
If you cant connect to the modem you will need a wireless router/modem and discard your old modem.
Both PC would be connected to the router by wireless.
This set up is a lot more secure, you dont need one PC on all the time to access the internet on the other and also you are free to roam with your laptop.
Hope this helps

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I am setting up a home wireless network and need some help.

This is what I would like to Network:
1. Desktop PC w/ Windows XP SP3 (this PC is hooked directly up to a Linksys Wireless Router
2. Laptop Running Windows Vista Ultimate SP2 32-bit
3. Laptop Running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
4. Desktop Running Windows XP SP3
5. Desktop Running Windows XP SP3
6. HP LAserJet CP2025dn (connected via USB to main desktop)
7. Dell MFP 1815dn (connected via USB to main desktop)

The printers are installed on the main desktop (the one wire connected to the router). I shared them, and am able to recognize them from the Vista laptop, but not the Windows laptop. Sometimes the Windows Vista one will not recognize them either.

Windows Vista Laptop:
I add the printers by going to Network (Center) > Add Printer. It does a search for printers. Sometimes it identifies the other computers on the network, sometimes it does not. Sometimes it finds printers and lets me install them, sometimes it does not.

Windows 7 Laptop:
I am unable to add printers at all. It gets to the point where it says it is installing drivers, but always fails. Says cannot find proper driver.

Is there anything I am doing incorrectly with the network setup? Is there a good place/source to go for step by step instruction on how to create a good home network with different operating systems?

I appreciate any and all help.

Thank You

A:Home Wireless Network

This article includes your OSes: Set Up Your Home Network, Windows 7 Edition.

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i want to be able to connect my laptop to my desktop computer through a wireless network. Both computers are connect to my wired network, and when i connect my laptop to my desktop i want it to have access to my broadband modem & the server on the wired network. The Broadband modem supplies the ip's. My system info is below:


802.11B Wireless Card


802.11G Wireless Card

Can You guide me through the steps in setting this up??

Thankyou In Advance


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Hello there - hope that you can lend a helping hand.

We have two computers - one for me (work computer) and one for the kids. Computer #1 has:
Windows XP and Fixed wireless internet connection with an Orinoco Client manager, silver card, and base station.

Computer #2 has:
Windows 2000 - no internet connection.

I would like to set things up where Computer #2 shares the internet connection Computer #1 has.

We purchased a Linksys 2.4 GHz Wireless B Broadband Router BEFW11s4-VN
and a
Linksys Wireless USB Adapter.

I thought that the current internet connection we have would just plug into the router and then into the computer for setup - wrong.

I have no idea how to hook this up - all of the instructions are for DSL/cable modems. But we do not have that - we have fixed wireless (radio tower connection) and not sure how to set this up.

Any suggestions on how to setup this to work - or another method all together. Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated.

Thanks again!

Chads mom

A:Wireless home network - maybe I can do this - or maybe not!

I am not completely clear on your setup, but I would make several suggestions. If its possible to have multiple wireless connections to your base station just use the wireless usb adapter on the second computer and connect to the base station. If not, I would suggest skipping the linksys router you purchases all together. Run a crossover cable from your XP system with the internet connection to the win2000 system. Set up a peer to peer connection between the two computers using windows connection wizard on the XP system, and then run that same setup on the win2k system. When choosing the options on setup, make sure that you have the XP system as "this computer connects to the internet directly, all computers connect to the internet thru this computer." and on the 2000 computer make sure you choose "this computer connects to the internet through another computer." Essentially what this should do is "bridge" the two connections, and both computers should be able to surf on the internet.
Good luck and let me know how it goes.

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Ok, I have a computer and I have a laptop. I bought a nice new printer that's still in the box. I have a router sitting in a box, and I have a cable modem providing this computer with wired internet. I used to have the router up and running but didn't know how to put a password on the network :blush: So, I'm here to solicit some help in solving this problem. I'd really like to be able to print from this computer and the laptop wirelessly, so I also need to set up a wireless network through the router (please correct me if wrong) with a password. I apologize for my unsavy-ness. I appreciate any help.

A:Wireless Home Network

What is the exact model of your router? This way we can give you instructions specific to you, and not generic advice.

Once we get your network setup we'll concentrate on printing over a network.

:wave:Welcome to TechSpot:wave:

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i was wondering if anyone else has set up a wireless home network?mine is up and running but to tell you the truth i dont have a clue...so every time it goes wrong i dont know what the problem is, it gives me number error messages that tell me absolutely nothing about what the problem is, when i visit the website and enter my error nuimber, its never in the list!i just fiddle about with my settings until it works again without ever really knowing what the problem was in the first place which is not very helpful for next time, sometimes i get so frustrated i just walk away and leave it for a few hours and when i come back it just works!
has anyone else had this problem or am i just being thick?

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I know nothing about networking. I am trying to setup a network where I can share files between my Gateway Pentium 4 CPU 2.40GHZ 1.00 GB of RAM OS XP Home Edition SP3and my Toshiba Satellite Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU T7200 @ 2.00GHz 2.00 GB of RAM OS Vista Home Premium SP1.

I have a Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router which my desktop is wired to and both computers use the internet through the router.

What do I need to do to setup a home network to share files? I have been reading all day and I am not any closer to knowing what to do than when I started. Please tell me what to do.


A:Wireless Home Network Help

Hi:Here is a link to a pretty extensive tutorial on this subject.
Hope it helps.


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Guys and Gals,

I am going to post an email I sent into Linksys today for support, but got no help, maybe someone here has an idea for me.


I have recently purchased a 2nd home PC. I am using a Linksys Wireless-G
Broadband Router (Model No. WRT54G) to connect my two home PCs together.
The old computer is wired directly to the router. The new PC is wirelessly
connected with a Linksys Wireless-G PCI Adapter (Model No. WMP54G). It is
about 30 feet from the router. In between the router and the remote desktop
is 2 normal plaster walls, no concrete and they are on the same floor of my
house. There is one cordless phone set up in the same room as my router.
Nothing else should be causing interference. I am running the Windows XP
firewall and using WPA Encryption.

I am able to successfully get to the internet on the wireless PC and
share files between the wired and wireless PC without problem. What the
problem is that every so often the connection will drop out on me and my
wireless PC will not be connected to the internet for a short time. I can
understand this happening once or twice a day, but this happens like once an
hour, or sometimes more. It only lasts for a couple of seconds, then
reconnects. But if I am downloading, or working from home, it can cause a

I checked out the Linksys Support website and saw it recommended changing
the channel the router was on. I tried changing it from 6 to 10 and this
did not help, and then I changed it from 10 to 1 and that... Read more

A:Home Wireless network

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Hey all, I know this has probably been said a gazillion times, but I have a desktop connected to a Linksys wireless router, and a Laptop that feeds an internet connection from that router. I wanted to set up a home network so that the laptop and desktop can share files, and so that the laptop can print from the printer that's connected to the desktop via USB. I have run the Network Setup Wizard on both computers, but somehow when I click on "View Workgroup Computers" on the Laptop, I can only see the laptop, and when I click it on the desktop, I don't see anything. I know that they are both in the same workgroup (Mshome), but I do not know what else to do. Can someone please help? Thanks a million.


A:Wireless Home Network

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Hello, for the last three weeks I have been reading and working on figuring out what hardware I need for a wireless home network system.

I have three computers I wish to network, all three will be in the same room.
1 Dell Desk Top P2 WXP
2 IMB Think Pad 600 W98
3 P4 Desktop EXP

I have two printers I wish to network
1 HP Laser 5p
2 HP Laser Color

Dig Camera and Printer
CD Burner
Cell phone, upgrading to Treo
I have AOL

Can anyone tell me what hardware I need, and where is the best place to purchase.

A:Wireless Home Network

I'm assuming you have AOL's broadband, if so you will need to find a router that supports AOL (most do now). Then you will need some wireless network adapters. The internal ones for your PC's are more expensive but you get a better signal, however if you are not familiar with opening up your case and installing a PCI card just buy 3 USB wireless network adapters. Following the documentaion for your router to setup the network. You will then need to enable file and print sharing on the computers that have the printers. Finally add the network printers to each computer.

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I'm tryin to figure out how to network my computers at home. I have a cable modem hooked into a linksys router. One of my PC's has an ethernet cable running to the router and my other is wireless.

I tried to set up a hom/office network and my notebook says that I need to be plugged into the router. I don't want to do that on my notebook, I want to be wherever in my home. Then I tried to set up a wireless network, but then it said I needed an access point.

All I want to do is share some files. Can't I set up a network with the equipment I have now? I was hoping to get this to work, then get a network harddrive.


A:Home Network Through wireless router

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for some reason... i cant connect to wireless coneection..it says/ "windows was unable to connect to 2wire"
here's the screenshot.
anyone please help me

A:Can't Connect To Wireless Home Network

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Hi all,

I have bought two Ralink RT2500 network cards running at 56mbs. I have installed them in both machines and installed the software but they will not connect or find each other. I dont have a router or anything it is just two XP Home machines connected together with wireless lan cards. I know abit about networks and have tried everything that i know about them. Can anyone please help. The led's on the card are all off as well. To set them up i have put the machines in the same room to prove they are not too far away to connect.

P.S Is it true that you have to register the MAC address, that can be found on the card, for the two computers to talk to each other?

Please help me

A:Wireless Home Network Problems

Both cards need to be configured to use "ad hoc" networking, they both need to share the same SSID (network name), and to start with, disable all WEP/WAP security. The cards should then be able to see one another (the LED's should light up).

Then you'll need to statically assign IP addresses for the two machines, they must be in the same network. To make things simple just use something like with a mask of and same mask. Then you should be able to ping the other address from each machine.

Then, make sure each machine is in the same workgroup, each has the same username/password, and you should be able to share files.


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So I had a very very very long post all ready to go because I lost my xp home network and could not get it set back up. After over a week and hours after hours of pouring over Tech Guy posts (and other internet sites) trying anything and everything posted to get the network back to working order I finally found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow here:


Of the four things listed in Services: Workstation, Server, TCP/IP Netbios helper, Computer Browser, some of them were disabled and not started. Once I made sure all four items were on Automatic and Started......I had my network back and running.

So, THANK YOU Tech Guys, you are the first place I turn when I have a problem.

Second, now I need help adding a laptop to the network or other suggestions: Two Desktops, both on wired network. Have laptop I connect wirelessly to router for internet. I attempted to add a wireless network to main Desktop, using the setup wizard, which has me use a USB drive to save settings, but when i put the USB into laptop and let it run, I loose internet connection I already had and it just says "Acquiring Connection" FOREVER.

Now the main thing I want to be able to do is access files on Desktop1 (used as server) and also be able to use printer, which is plugged into Desktop1 from laptop (my printer is not wireless). I can ping D1 from laptop by name and IP, but can only ping laptop from D1 by IP address,... Read more

A:XP Home Network Wired/Wireless

have a read here
TCP/IP Home Networking and File Sharing Tutorial

how to share a printer on XP network

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Is it normal that you pick up the signal better in different rooms of the house, in my room the connection speed is 54Mbps, but in my living room (just down the hall) its 11mbps, and in my kitchen (right next to my room) the connections none existent.

The wireless router is above us upstairs (where the main PC is).

Any help or advice on how to improve this would be appreciated.

A:Solved: Wireless Home Network

Joe;It has been my experience that your signal strength can vary from room to room.When I had my laptop connected via wireless connection in one room,my connection strength was weak.I moved it into another room about 20 feet closer to the router,and the signal strength is now consistently excellent.
The other thing you could try,if possible change the channel you are using to communicate wirelessly.This is normally done from the router's admin /setup page.

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I need help If you could help me with a friend of mine, who I have fixed several pc problems for.

The Situation:

He has a Bigpond 7.2 Home Network Modem Router Next G which is connected wirelessly to his desktop computer.

*** He has a printer connected to this modem router via Ethernet cable.

When he prints from the desktop it sends data to the wireless laptop and back to the router to print.

If he turns off the laptop he cannot print.

He has two other pc's and two wireless printers that print okay at every terminal with no problem.

How do I resolve the conflict with the *** first printer?



A:Wireless Home Network and Printer

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Hi , I have a desktop running XP SP2 with a netgear wireless USB G adapter and an HP laptop with vista with a wireless card both connected to the internet thru a linksys -n router. They both work awesome on the internet thru this setup. I cannot for the life of me get the two computers to see each other on a network though. I've tried the wireless setup wizard for hours with and without a flash drive, disabline the firewalls and antivirus software, and everything else I can think of. What am I missing? The closest I can come is that I have the desktop showing up on my laptop under "Manage wireless networks" on the vista laptop, but it doesn't show up under the "connect to a network" menu, only my internet connection. Any help would be appreciated. I have made sure and named the ssid or names WORKGROUP on everything, but like I said, I can't figure out how to connect them. I also have enables "shared" on both pc's on several folders and file sharing.

A:wireless home network problems

They both need to be in the same "Workgroup". I'd bet your XP machine is in Workgroup "MS Home" and your Vista machine is in something else (I forget what the default Vista Workgroup name is, but it isn't MS Home). Change the workgroup of one to match the other.

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I've been interested in setting up a home network lately but I don't have the know how. I've got 2 computers, 1 upstairs and the other downstairs. The one downstairs has XP Pro and the other has XP home.

I'd like to have a wireless setup so I don't have to run any cords but I don't know what hardware I need. If any body can help I'd appreciate it if you would be very specific on what hardware I need. And "no" I do not have a broadband connection just 56k and I don't need to share the connection, I just want to transfer files between computers.


A:How do I setup a wireless home network?

You just need a pair of wireless NICs that support ad-hoc connection mode, it'll be just like a wire. There are some really good deals on USB wireless NICs floating around lately...

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Hi, newbie here and desperately needing your help.

I got a free wireless access point (ASUS WL-330) when I bought my laptop.
It says that it's a 3-in-1 hardware: Ethernet, Wireless Access Point and Brisge. I really don't know much about networking computers but here's what I wanted to do:
Network my desktop and my laptop - use the wireless access point on the desktop and connect my laptop to the desktop through WiFi. I'm hopinh through this set up I can share my DSL connection on my desktop to my laptop.

Do I need to purchase another hardware (hub or router) to make this set up work? Or will the Wireless AP suffice? Also, how do I go about networking my Desktop and Laptop (wireless).

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.

For intrenet you will have to use the Windows internet connection sharing. Or buy a wired broadband router (those are cheap now that the wireless is the all the rage) for a more robust solution.

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I have Comcast Cable and a Linskys router WRT54G (V4) upstairs in my home office: In summertime I move downstairs, where it is more comfortable. I have to move my desktop computer , monitor and printer downstairs. My router and cable modem has to remain upstairs, since the Comcast Cable is directed there. I do not have a Comcast cable near where my desk is downstairs. So downstairs I use the wireless option to get the signal from the router. I am looking to optimize on the signal to noise ratio from my router and also to have a way of assessing the performance by virtue of measuring the signal received. There is a series of vertical bars that you can see in Windows denoting the signal strength and this measure has looked excellent downstairs. Nevertheless after a couple of days I lost my signal downstairs so I had to move all the equipment upstairs again and reconnect to the Internet with an Ethernet cable again. So I am back upstairs now. With the Ethernet Cable disconnected in the wireless mode upstairs it looks OK, but the vertical bars were not any different from when I was downstairs.

I am looking to optimize the wireless signal and quality downstairs so suggestions are welcome,


A:Wireless performance home network

Quote: Originally Posted by angusmdmclean

I have Comcast Cable and a Linskys router WRT54G (V4) upstairs in my home office: In summertime I move downstairs, where it is more comfortable. I have to move my desktop computer , monitor and printer downstairs. My router and cable modem has to remain upstairs, since the Comcast Cable is directed there. I do not have a Comcast cable near where my desk is downstairs. So downstairs I use the wireless option to get the signal from the router. I am looking to optimize on the signal to noise ratio from my router and also to have a way of assessing the performance by virtue of measuring the signal received. There is a series of vertical bars that you can see in Windows denoting the signal strength and this measure has looked excellent downstairs. Nevertheless after a couple of days I lost my signal downstairs so I had to move all the equipment upstairs again and reconnect to the Internet with an Ethernet cable again. So I am back upstairs now. With the Ethernet Cable disconnected in the wireless mode upstairs it looks OK, but the vertical bars were not any different from when I was downstairs.

I am looking to optimize the wireless signal and quality downstairs so suggestions are welcome,


I'm a strong supporter of Alfa wireless, and have used them for years, even used one of their cards in a custom made WiFi satellite dish to pick up WiFi from, if I remember correctly, up to almos... Read more

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Hi, I have 2 Windows XP PC's which keep disconeccting. It happens quite often, and I've tried everything I can think of to stop it. The only pattern of disconecction I've noticed is when I'm logging on the MSN Messenger, it will disconnect many times before I can log in without a problem...any suggestions?

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Hi, im buying a new computer at the end of the month, and am linking it up with my current computer to share my broadband connection. what im wondering is if i can transfer any files from this computer to my new one? ill be getting a router and a receiver, but im not sure of the exact abilities of it!

A:Solved: Wireless home network

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I am using a wireless router. I have established a wireless network to my laptop in the house. OK: when I go to Control Panel and drill down to view my "wireless networks" I see the network's name and the security type is "WPA2-Personal" . But, when I go to the tool bar on the bottom right corner of my computer, where the "bars" are ( they start off on the left with a very small bar and gradually get taller-)- when I click on those bars and go to my wireless network's name and hover my mouse pointer over it (the name), it then reads "Security Type: Unsecured" . Yet, from the Control Panel it reads for that same wirelsss network name "Security type: WPA2-Personal " . why is it telling me my wirelss networt is secured (at the Control Panel) but then "unsecured' at the bottom right tool bar indicator? Is my wireless network in fact secured or not? thanks for any clarification.

A:Secured Home Wireless Network

Hey, RP! We really need to know what operating system you run, as well as the brand of your computer's wireless network adapter (or the brand and model of the computer) and what router you use.

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I have three computers networked on a Netgear WGT624 108mbps router. I run WPA security on this router.

Computer #1 is hard wired and I don't think it has any problems.

Computer #2 is running wireless on a 108mbps netgear card and WinXP SP2. I think this computer loses wireless but I'm not entirely sure.

Computer #3 is running wireless on a 54mpbs netgear card and Win2000. This computer consistently drops the wireless connection; I can hear the audible it makes when it gains connectivity and it happens a lot.

Charter's website prompted me to check DHCP and it is on as required. I'm not sure what else I should be looking for.

Thanks for your help.

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