Wireless network from XP Pro to XP Home

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Hi room,
I own a desktop attached to the internet via a broadband PCI modem card
running XP Pro.
I have just bought a laptop which comes with XP Home Edition.
I have also ordered a (Trust) PCI wireless 108MBPS card for the desktop
machine and a PCMCIA Origo 802.11g+ Wireless LAN PC Card adapter for the
laptop.

My plan when these items arrive is of course to set up a wireless network at
home so I can roam with the laptop and connect to the internet hopefully.
I don't particularly need a network connection to my desktop machine to
share files as I have external devices that allow this already although it
would be useful. My priority would be how to share my broadband connection
in the desktop to my laptop using the wireless.
Are there any sites that anyone here has come accross that would help me.
A colleague I work with has suggested there may be problems with XP home as
it doesn't have the same support for networking like it's Pro brother so
that's why I'm asking here.
Will it be a simple Plug & Play when it arrives or are there some basics I
should swat up on before attempting this? Will I need XP Pro on both
machines?
p.s. I have a static ISP IP address if that helps at all.

TIA, Andy
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    "DX" <dx@home.net> wrote in
    news:1smDc.21985$NK4.3684544@stones.force9.net:

    > Hi room,
    > I own a desktop attached to the internet via a broadband PCI modem
    > card
    > running XP Pro.
    > I have just bought a laptop which comes with XP Home Edition.
    > I have also ordered a (Trust) PCI wireless 108MBPS card for the
    > desktop machine and a PCMCIA Origo 802.11g+ Wireless LAN PC Card
    > adapter for the laptop.
    >
    > My plan when these items arrive is of course to set up a wireless
    > network at home so I can roam with the laptop and connect to the
    > internet hopefully. I don't particularly need a network connection to
    > my desktop machine to share files as I have external devices that
    > allow this already although it would be useful. My priority would be
    > how to share my broadband connection in the desktop to my laptop using
    > the wireless. Are there any sites that anyone here has come accross
    > that would help me. A colleague I work with has suggested there may be
    > problems with XP home as it doesn't have the same support for
    > networking like it's Pro brother so that's why I'm asking here.
    > Will it be a simple Plug & Play when it arrives or are there some
    > basics I should swat up on before attempting this? Will I need XP Pro
    > on both machines?
    > p.s. I have a static ISP IP address if that helps at all.
    >

    My advise here is to get wired/wireless NAT router and let it be the
    gateway for the LAN and WAN.

    http://www.homenethelp.com/web/explain/about-NAT.asp

    You may want to pay close attention as to what's happening with Wireless
    Zero Configuration Service on the XP O/S as it can cause issues. It's
    disabled on all my XP machines. You may also want to look closely at the
    Network Wizard too as it can cause issues I don't use it.

    If you're going to do ICS with wireless cards, you'll need to use the
    ADHOC mode on the cards.

    Wireless networking and ICS is no different than if it were wired.

    The cards should come with a manual with install instructions.

    Duane :)
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    On Sun, 27 Jun 2004 02:24:09 GMT, "Ron Bandes" <RunderscoreBandes
    @yah00.com> wrote:

    >As Duane said, a wireless router will simplify things. With it you won't
    >need to have the ICS computer booted up whenever another computer want
    >Internet access. But Ad Hoc (no access point) networks work too, as long as
    >all the computers are within range of each other.

    Careful here. He has an unspecified 802.11g radio. 802.11g only
    supports ad-hoc (peer to peer) up to 11mbit/sec.
    http://support.dlink.com/faq/view.asp?prod_id=1482


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