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Windows 7: Connecting two wireless computers w/out a router?

02 Nov 2009   #1
awenthol

7 Pro x64
 
 
Connecting two wireless computers w/out a router?

Quick intro...

This is for my parents house. They have high-speed net that can only be registered to one computer, so running it to a router and then computers is not an option. We used to have it setup with net into "computer 1" then out to the wireless router. The new computer has only one ethernet port, so this can no longer be accomplished without buying another card, which I am very inclined to do. They are getting another computer that will also have Windows 7 and would like to get wireless working again, so...

1) I've tried an ad-hoc connection. I understand the concept and had it working for awhile but found it to be "finiky." I would always have to restart the connection everytime I wanted to use it. I couldn't get it to "stick." Did I maybe do something wrong or is there no way to keep the net connection open? I "saved" the network and set it to start automatically, but it would always close the internet sharing.

2) I haven't messed with home group...will this feature accomplish internet sharing easily??...without messing with any ad-hoc crap? I need everything as simple as possible, so if they have any problems I can fix it over the phone or they can figure everything out for themselves.

Like I said, worst comes to worst, I'll get them another ethernet and run it the old way...was just hoping I could simplify things and save some money.

Any help would be appreciated!


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02 Nov 2009   #2
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Bluetooth?
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02 Nov 2009   #3
awenthol

7 Pro x64
 
 

No bluetooth on either machine...
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02 Nov 2009   #4
mckillwashere

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

You may be able to run it through a router but clone the Mac of your main machine to be the broadcasting mac. That is what works for my setup.

Other than that ad-hoc would be your best bet.

On the other hand requiring you to connect directly to the net is dangerous. Routers are your first line of defense (built in fire-walls). (May be your last line of Def. depending on how you look at it though.)
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02 Nov 2009   #5
awenthol

7 Pro x64
 
 

I see what you are saying! I will look into this MAC address stuff! Thanks for the help.
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02 Nov 2009   #6
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

If you only one ethernet port and and it's used to connect to your modem (for net access)? then maybe you need this.


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02 Nov 2009   #7
MaliciousOne

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (RTM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aem View Post
If you only one ethernet port and and it's used to connected to your modem (for net access)? If so why not get this.
I'm confused how a USB hub is going to fix his networking problem.
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02 Nov 2009   #8
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Oops didn't realise i attached the wrong thing. Pic updated.
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02 Nov 2009   #9
awenthol

7 Pro x64
 
 

I also found this....so thanks guys. I've got quite a few options to go with now! Hopefully I get this taken care of this weekend.

Unfinished Windows 7 Feature Turns Laptops Into Wi-Fi Hotspots - PC World

The Connectify link doesn't work right now, but I will be watching it's progress...
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