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Hey guys!

 

Forgive me, I'm very new to wireless networking. Here's what I'm pondering, please tell if it's possible to do this:

 

There will be two computers and an XBOX in this configuration (w/ cable internet). Can I install a wireless router close to my XBOX and wire it directly into the router while installing wireless PCI cards into the two computers and have everything working fine?

 

Can I even use wires with a wireless router?

 

Is a G-router really necessary or is a B-router good enough?

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If you get a combination router/access point/four-port switch, which is usually what most wireless routers are, then yes, you can do any combination of wired and wireless you like. Right now I have a D-link 614+ with my Tivo/Xbox plugged in directly to the router, my laptop connected wirelessly, and is also connected to another hub which splits to three other locations in the house.

 

B versus G?

B is easily fast enough to sustain the standard broadband connection. And that is primarily what you're mostly concerned with I bet. The reason you'd want G is if you will be transmitting large numbers of files between your computers. For example, if you need to transfer your 4000 MP3s from one computer to the other, you'd benefit from G over B.

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My router and PCI card are both from SMC. I called tech support twice, (not because thier products were flawed, but rather my brain was flawed ;) ) and both times support picked right up and helped me immediately. Both calls were placed near mid-night last Friday. I'd call that good support. :tu:

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  • 3 weeks later...

Well, I've have everything up and running for about a week and half now. Without it LIVE would not be possible. Everything is working good so far.

 

I just have a few things to sort out, like:

 

1. Getting my firewall tweaked properly

2. Networking between the two computers in the configuration. This one is a WinXP computer and I'm having problems communicating with the Win 98 SE machine.

 

Other than that, it's been great so far! :tu:

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Originally posted by Failsafe@Mar 14 2004, 12:06 PM

2. Networking between the two computers in the configuration. This one is a WinXP computer and I'm having problems communicating with the Win 98 SE machine.

Have you enable File and Print Sharing on the 98 box?

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Not having a 98 machine in front of me, this is off of memory:

 

Make sure that the 98 machine is set for "Client for Microsoft Networks".

Make sure "File and Print Sharing" is enabled.

Make sure the 98 and XP box are on the same Workgroup.

You may need to make a user account on the 98 box that matches the XP box.

Make sure you're sharing a folder/drive from the 98 box.

Are you trying to access the 98 box from My Network Places, or are you mapping the 98 drive/folder directly?

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Make sure that the 98 machine is set for "Client for Microsoft Networks". YES

Make sure "File and Print Sharing" is enabled. YES

Make sure the 98 and XP box are on the same Workgroup. YES (MSHOME)

You may need to make a user account on the 98 box that matches the XP box. NOT SURE ABOUT THIS ONE

Make sure you're sharing a folder/drive from the 98 box. YES

Are you trying to access the 98 box from My Network Places, or are you mapping the 98 drive/folder directly? From My Network Places on the XP machine.

 

I've attached a quick screen cap showing the items installed on the Win98 machine. The only one that isn't visible below TCP/IP RealTek ... is File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks.

 

I can see the Win98 machine through My Network Places but when I click on it, it says that I do not have permission to view it. I've enabled all of the file sharing I know of on the Win98 machine. :bang:

 

We use something called NetBEUI at work for communicating between WinXP and Win95 and Win98 machines. Is this necessary? Anymore ideas you have would be appreciated.

 

Thanks!

 

Win98_network.jpg

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Originally posted by Failsafe@Mar 16 2004, 07:04 PM

You may need to make a user account on the 98 box that matches the XP box. NOT SURE ABOUT THIS ONE

If you're getting denied permission to the 98 machine this is most likely why.

 

Do you log into the XP machine or does it automatically go to the desktop when you start up?

 

Even if you don't log in there is still going to be a user account that is used. That user account will need to be logged into the 98 machine when trying to access the XP box or vice versa.

 

One more thing, is this XP Pro or XP Home?

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Networking between the two computers in the configuration. This one is a WinXP computer and I'm having problems communicating with the Win 98 SE machine.

 

Make sure the WinXP machine has a "guest" account setup & that it's activated - the default for it is off, which was causing me problems for networking between a XP & 98SE machine... As soon as I activated the guest account, both machines could then communicate correctly & files shared between them.

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Do you log into the XP machine or does it automatically go to the desktop when you start up? Even if you don't log in there is still going to be a user account that is used. That user account will need to be logged into the 98 machine when trying to access the XP box or vice versa.

 

It comes to the login screen, but I just hit ENTER (no password) and it proceeds to the desktop.

 

One more thing, is this XP Pro or XP Home?

 

XP Pro

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Originally posted by Failsafe@Mar 16 2004, 07:31 PM

It comes to the login screen, but I just hit ENTER (no password) and it proceeds to the desktop.

Try making a user account on the 98 box so that it matches the username on the XP box.

 

You can also try mapping the drive on the 98 box by right clicking on My Computer (on the XP box) and selecting "Map Network Drive". For example purposes, we'll say you're sharing a folder named "Share" and the 98 box has an IP address of 192.168.1.100

 

You'd type this in to map the folder:

 

\\192.168.1.100\share

 

I don't always have the best of luck using Network Places to access 98 machines, but have never had a problem mapping drives.

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