Home network without internet

September 28, 2007 at 11:24:16
Specs: Vista Home/XP, Core Duo/2046

I would like to wirelessly network my PC & printer with my laptop, without dealing with an internet connection. Is this possible? All the info I read on this subject seems to be concerned with how to share a wireless internet connection. I really just want to be able to use my printer upstairs from my laptop downstairs, as well as access info on the PC. Especially if I can do it without running a bunch of wires through the house. Is this possible?

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#1
September 28, 2007 at 12:17:02

Sure it is. Google wireless print server and/or wireless printer.

Though if you want a wireless network I would still get a wireless router. Connect the pc and the printer to the lan side of the router and you will be able to access both wirelessly. You would not need a wireless printer or wireless print server. You would need a networkable printer or a wired to the router print server if you wanted to print from your laptop.

You don't have to use the wan internet side of the router but it would be there in the future if you wanted to.

Imagine the power if you knew how to internet search


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#2
September 28, 2007 at 12:19:22

You need a wirelss interface card in both the PC and the laptop. You then set up an Ad-Hoc wireless network.

Read this.

You can ignore the bit about Internet Connection Sharing.

Once the two computers are commnuicating set up and configure the printer on one of them. Set it as a shared printer.

Go to the other computer and configure the same printer as a network printer.

Of course the computer with the printer plugged into it has to be switched on for the other computer to use it.


Stuart


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#3
October 1, 2007 at 07:05:41

Yep..Setting up ad hoc wireless network will do the job but with limited coverage, you can still test on it if you like.

Here is simple way on how to set up ad hoc wireless network in Windows Vista

I would still hope you can get a wireless router and set up a simple wireless network at home, better coverage and feature.

Hope helps..



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#4
October 3, 2007 at 13:17:28

Thanks to all. It sounds like I should get a wireless router. Are certain kinds better than others??



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