Verizon air card networking

Dell / Pc & laptop
January 26, 2009 at 18:08:41
Specs: xp pro, enuf
My office recently purchased two Verizon wireless usb air cards for internet access for our two computers. Neither computer has internet access otherwise. Is there a way to setup a small network for the two computers to share files and the printer that is connected to one of them? I have plenty of networking experience, but have never used a Wireless USB card that uses the cell towers. No router, just two wireless air cards and two Windows XP computers. Thanks!

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January 26, 2009 at 20:47:10
Assuming the pcs in addition to the usb also have nic cards you would want to buy a switch.

Connect the nic cards to the switch via patch cables.

Now it gets complicated.

To do tcp/ip networking your pcs need to be in the same subnet. This may not be possible with the two verizon enabled computers. Compound this with if they are dhcp clients they may network one day and not the next.

Solution would be to load netbeui on the nics. No ip plan required and there will never be a conflict.

To load netbeui you have to go to the xp cd and the extras folder is where I believe it resides [been years since I had to use netbeui]

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January 26, 2009 at 23:54:23
That sounds quite possible. But do to our office rental agreement we cannot run cable though the walls.

I was really trying to accomplish this wirelessly. We have an offsite ftp server we can use to "share" from but that does not clear up our printer sharing issue. What do you think about an wireless Ad-hoc network. I just don't know how this would work out since you would need a router to create a "domain".

Thanks for your thoughts. Let's keep it going!

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January 27, 2009 at 06:23:43
You would need second wireless cards for both pcs. Then you have the possible conflict between the verizon wireless and the lan wireless.

Not something I would suggest or do.

You don't need a router
You don't need a "domain"

You may want to investigate networking that uses your power plugs

If you can't run cat5 wire, without making holes, you are out of options.

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March 6, 2009 at 16:32:54
No offense intended to the other responders... but these answers are a little ridiculous.

Let me see if I understand...

Small office, 2 PC's

You've already bought 2 usb aircard/evdo devices to get them on the internet and you want them to be able to talk to each other?

Cheapest most effective long term solution?

Return one aircard and buy yourself a router compatible with the model of aircard you have. Linksys, D-Link, Kyocera, Top Global, and Cradlepoint all sell EVDO routers that support various different carriers and models. Many are plug and play.

Plug the aircard directly in to the router.

Connect the two pc's in question via wires or wireless cards to the router.


They share the internet access.

You save yourself roughly $60 a month for the second aircard or you have a 2nd aircard available for home/business trips.

They are now on the same network and they can share a network capable printer or the printer can be shared out through whichever pc it is directly connected to. File sharing can also be set up.

That is the least technical, least expensive, most straight forward way to set up a small network.

@Home PC Repair
Gloucester, VA

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March 9, 2009 at 00:15:17

Thanks for your response. I really thought that there was a way. I did find a work around which i will share here for future reference.

To access shared files we created a folder on our local FTP server to allow us to drag and drop files into. For the printer we opted to use a network printer and used IPP printing for outside our local network printing access. That way the PC's are actually connecting to a print server no matter where they are to print remotely. Works awesome for when we are out of the office. We print docs and they are at the office when we return.

I would have prefered to use the setup you suggested but i was unaware of the router availability. I can admit my solution was not a simply setup, but it was effective.

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