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jforb



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 9:45 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

The kiddos want to get on the internet at home with the gameboy DS, and I gave away my $2 wireless router a while back.

We have a wireless card in a computer, and the computers are on a LAN that is connected to the internet broadband thru another router.

Is there any way to make the wireless card in the one computer act as a wireless network access point?

OS is windows 2000 pro

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 10:38 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I've tried that countless times and I never had any success, so I ended up buying an access point.
My main problem is that when trying to use a gateway for the wireless card it just wouldn't work! I had 192.168.0.10 as an ip for the wireless card, 192.168.0.1 was the router and 192.168.0.9 was the computer's lan card. the 192.168.0.9 card had the router as a gateway. the wireless card had a gateway too, but it was the lan card ( 192.168.0.9 ). while this might work in theory it certainly never worked ( for me ) in reality. I don't know why. as I said I just bought an access pont ( from buffalo ) and I'm really satisifed with it. Tomorrow I'll buy a stronger antenna. also if you use an ap, no additional computer has to run if you want to use the internet from a wireless computer.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 11:28 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks for the info, I'll give up!

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 3:36 am Reply with quoteBack to top

As far as I know only some wifi cards can be put into ap mode. I know you can buy a kit that runs linux on a small single board computer and can use pcmcia wifi cards (it puts them into ap mode somehow). I saw this on techtv a while back (before 802.11g came out)

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 4:05 am Reply with quoteBack to top

You can possibly set up an "adhoc" wireless network. I did that to allow my little sister to use the hotel internet (ethernet !!!) from her laptop at the same time I did.

Take a look at www.geeks.com for a PC Card that will do what you want it to.

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jforb



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 5:18 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I'll by a router before I'll buy another card! But thanks for the suggestions.

Kid discovered that the gameboy thing will only run on XP anyways! we only have win2k

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