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    i am trying to set up a simple wireless network between two dell laptops. i have all the equipment installed, but network neighborhood won't let me access the network... help, please... i've done all sorts of futzing in the network control panels, and i'm stuck. help, do i need an outside software solution? the wireless cards i'm using are cisco aironet 350. win98 (work, not my fault).

    any tips?
    exit, pursued by a bear.
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    This is a wild guess, but do you need a base station? A main computer that broadcasts the signal to the others?
    We're all naked if you turn us inside out.
    -David Byrne
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    they told me with 2 laptops i didn't need a base station, they called it a peer-to-peer, i believe.

    hmm... doesn't anybody know?
    exit, pursued by a bear.
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    This site may have the answers you seek:
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    I am almost posative (note almost) that any wireless setup will need both a transmitter, and a base station.

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    hmm. The first driver revisision had that flaw, (needed base stations) but almost every card lets you to P2P.. Infact doesn't Apple's Airport 1.1 even support it?
    -Michael Ducker
    TreoCentral Staff
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    Originally posted by matty
    they told me with 2 laptops i didn't need a base station, they called it a peer-to-peer, i believe.

    hmm... doesn't anybody know?
    And "they" would be who? Staples associates? You are at least $199 from connectivity my need a base... try either the aironet or Lynksys...the Lynksys is cheaper and works fine.
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    "They" are also prone to tell people you can do a peer to peer network with Cat 5 cable, neglecting to inform you that if you go peer-to-peer (without a hub) you need to specify cross-over cable.

    Not that this has anything to do with this specific topic.
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    read this article here:

    specificly figure 3

    or do a search on google, it coems up with tons of stuff..

    It's possible, you just need hte lastest drivers..
    -Michael Ducker
    TreoCentral Staff
  10.    #10  
    Originally posted by Keefer Lucas

    And "they" would be who? Staples associates?
    actually, the computer guys at nyu... my boss is a professor, so we get educational discounts at the store. anyway, the documentation i have has intimated that i don't need a base if it's two laptops (which is all it is, nothing else!). i'll check out those two links (thanks bud and miradu) when i get a chance, which, i hope will be soon.) by the way, i tried doing a google search, but i must not have narrowed it down enough, because i was way too intimidated by the deluge of answers.

    (you know what i like about these forums -- i can get two totally different answers to the same question. wait, maybe that's what i like about computers. not.

    exit, pursued by a bear.
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    You can set up a peer to peer network if you want. Right now you do need a base station since you do not have the software on the laptops to make a p2p network. If you wanted a p2p network you need to install a piece of software like LapLink onto each computer. I would reccomend getting a base station.

  12.    #12  
    well, kids, i got it. it was, as i had sort of suspected the whole time, just a matter of flipping the right (virtual) switches. i finally got the windows networking software (preinstalled) configured properly, and i'm currently online via my wireless card via a dial-up connection (dsl next week)

    so... thanks for the help all, and so you know:

    it can be done with no more than 2 laptops, each with wireless cards, their drivers and the network software that ships as part of windows98.

    no hub. no router. no desktop. only the hassle of microsoft (if these had been macs, i am quite sure that i never would have needed to ask the question. ah well.
    exit, pursued by a bear.
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    I thought about wandering back into this string with my tail between my legs, then I decided that I would instead continue to insist that your laptops cannot be networked.

    If I can't be right then I can atleast be intractable.
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    i think there should be a 51st state, the state of Denial.
    exit, pursued by a bear.

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