Problem w/ Wireless Network

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  1. vudoodoodoo

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    I hooked up the network at my GF's aunt's house. 2 computers.
    Computer 1 is where the wireless router and DSL modem is.
    Computer 2 has a wireless PCI card.
    Both computers have Windows XP.
    #2 would get a signal from the router. Sometime it would be good like 54Mbs, sometimes 11Mbs. The internet would work, but sometimes it's fast (DL file @ 80 kb/sec) and sometimes it's slow (DL file @ 5kb/sec).
    #2 woud disconnect from the network every 5 minutes or so. I would have to reconnect. I don't know why it's doing this. I don't see a reason why it would. The computers are not far away from each other. Maybe about 50ft.
    Also, the computers can't see each other. #1 and #2 would not see each other's shared folder.
    I thought this shit was supposed to be plug and play. :sad2:
    If she can deal with one wire running across the hall, I might just return the wireless shit and get a regular router.
     
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    Router is Netgear and PCI card is Linksys. Would've bought a Netgear PCI card, but NewEgg was sold out.
    Bouth are wireless G.
     
  3. Duke Skywalker

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    Welcome to the wonderful world of Wi-Fi networking. :)
     
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    Through every networking method I have ever used, I could never get two computers to see each other's shared folder. So good luck with that. I ended up just setting up a webserver.

    Is there anything in-between the two computers that could be affecting the range? Microwave? Cordless phone base or handset?

    Also, try using different channels.
     
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    I set up my wireless network with a wireless LinkSys router and wireless LinkSys adapters in about 15-20 minutes. This includes setting up and successfully accessing shares, printers, etc.

    Get a LinkSys router?!? :dunno:
     
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    Router brand shouldn't make a difference when it comes to file-sharing, I think the network gods just randomly choose people to hate and those people will never be able to have a properly configured network.
    :dunno:
     
  8. vudoodoodoo

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    Linksys wireless G router is like $200. Fuck that.

    THere is nothing in the way. The rooms are right across the hall from each other.
     
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    Are both running WinXP?
     
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    Make sure all workstations are getting a valid IP address. IE: 192.168.x.x
    Make sure all workstations are part of the same workgroup.
    Make sure you can ping from workstation to workstation.
    Make sure permissions on shared folders are configured properly.

    If you've done all that and it's still not working make sure file and priter sharing is installed on all workstations. By default it should be, but I have seen PC's without it; especially Win98 & ME.
     
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    Don't forget to try switching channels.
     
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