I'm trying to set up a quickie wireless network for this home situation:
Computer #1: Desktop running WinXP Computer #2: Laptop running Win2000 Internet: Currently dialup, upgrading to cablemodem eventually. Laptop should share the desktop's internet connection. File sharing: Across the wireless network.
I've set up countless wired networks before, but tried to do a wireless setup this time because it seemed the best way to keep the laptop "mobile" around the house and to avoid needlessly running wires across rooms.
But my first stab at it hasn't worked -- maybe I'm going about it the wrong way in the first place; this is my first attempt at wireless.
So what hardware would you use to do this quick cheap, and easy?
I tried putting a Linksys WPC54G Wireless-G Notebook Adapter (PCMCIA) card in the laptop, and a Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Broadband Router on the desktop (thinking I needed it as a "base unit" connection point for the home network), but it doesn't seem to be working. I can get the laptop's card to "find" the router and hook up, and the desktop recognizes its router and can talk to it, and the laptop can talk to its card, but no file sharing occurs and no Internet Connection Sharing occurs, even though I've properly configured filesharing/ICS in ways that has always worked for me on wired networks.
I'm suspecting that the Broadband Router is designed to share
a broadband internet connection that's plugged directly into the router (which I can't do with the current dial-up obviously), so that probably explains why the internet isn't sharing, but I'm not sure why the file sharing isn't working -- shouldn't that occur over the wireless link when I've got the desktop's ethernet cable plugged into one of the Router's LAN ports?
....or am I misunderstanding -- does the Broadband Router
network things (both wireless and wired) to the shared internet port, and do no other kind of "internetworking" LAN-wise? I expected it to allow file sharing via: laptop -> notebook adapter -> wireless connection -> broadband router -> desktop. Is that not the case?
If I'm not using the appropriate hardware for what I want to do (file sharing *and* internet sharing over wireless, with internet being dialup and/or cablemodem), then what should I be using?
And can I get away with all computers being ad-hoc wireless, or do I need a "connection point" at the desktop? (As I said, I'm new to wireless -- I thought it would just be like wired networking with some of the "wires" being a radio connection, but apparently there are some fundamental differences.)
Thanks in advance.