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Peer to Peer

Peer to Peer

Peer to Peer

Hi there. This may be a strange question and not one that you would normally be asked but ill ask anyway. I currently have an ad-hoc network between my main machine and my laptop, on which i can share data and internet connections. How ever my dad would now like similar on his laptop. So would it be possible to have it so that at any one time his laptop could be connected to my main machine and my laptop connected to my main machine. The main machine only has in 1 wireless card. It doesnt matter that each laptop cannot see each other just as long as both laptops can see the main machine. Is this possible? Thanks very much.


RE: Peer to Peer

Sorry should have added that at the moment if possible i dont really want to buy a access point. Cheers


RE: Peer to Peer

AdHoc networks support multiple devices.  The usual number I have seen from manufacturer's data sheets is 14.

RE: Peer to Peer

Well how can i set it up with multiple networks and devices so that my main machine can see both laptops and the laptops can see the main machine but not each other. Ive tried all sorts. Maybe you can help me out.



RE: Peer to Peer

What you are asking is to multi-home a single AdHoc wireless connection.  It is not feasible to do this.  You can however use the security principles of your operating system to permit or deny access to drives, folders, printers, and devices as you wish to either of the two clients connected to your desktop.

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I guess there is some confusion here.  If you don't have an access point how do you use the wireless?

In any case there is always a way. but you need hardware.  You need to use NAT so you can have two subnet internally, one for each laptop (since you don't want them to see eachother, and two Nic cards to talk to their designated network (again here I am confused as to the wireless you already have) on your main PC/laptop whichever you have.   

RE: Peer to Peer

Wireless adapters support AdHoc mode as well as infrastructure mode.

In the absence of a wireless access point (or router) you can use AdHoc mode for up to 14 devices.

Set the SSID the same, Channel number the same, and WEP or other authentication schemes the same.

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