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i am new to wireless networking and have a question or 2.

i am building a HTPC for a friend and he wants to have a wireless connection from his laptop to the HTPC and internet.

i know i could get a wireless router and set it up that way-
my question is-is there a card that i can install into the HTPC instead of a router, that will give him the same access as a wireless router? and if so, could he access the internet with the HTPC and the laptop at the same time?

he wants to be able to get files/pictures/movies and internet access from the HTPC

does this make sense?


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The only way to do that is to set up the laptop as a wired connection, and then set its wireless adapter to "Ad Hoc" mode, which would allow it to act as a wirelss connection for other devices with a wireless card. Honestly, a router is a better bet, and they really aren't very expensive.

If you don't need a lot of range (and note, this solution will have better range than your laptop's wifi card in Ad-Hoc mode), the D-Link DIR-615 is currently $50 at the `Egg. I have one set up at my folks' house and it's a nice entry-level wireless-N router.

P.S. If you're using the HTPC to stream any video and you want it to be wireless, you need to go Wireless-N for best results. A simple PCI or PCI-Express Wifi-N card won't be too expensive.
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Yea i agree with Lonewolf15, if ur friend is just using it for his room or a small area his laptop in adhoc mode should suffice, but i would go the route of buying the N router just because its scalable especially if he wants to stream video
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The only way to do that is to set up the laptop as a wired connection, and then set its wireless adapter to "Ad Hoc" mode, which would allow it to act as a wirelss connection for other devices with a wireless card. Honestly, a router is a better bet, and they really aren't very expensive.

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P.S. If you're using the HTPC to stream any video and you want it to be wireless, you need to go Wireless-N for best results. A simple PCI or PCI-Express Wifi-N card won't be too expensive.
thanks guys
its not so much the money as-he dosent want to have a lot of "things"-lol
i will tell him he is SOL and is getting a router.
its a lot better solution anyways.


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thanks guys
its not so much the money as-he dosent want to have a lot of "things"-lol
i will tell him he is SOL and is getting a router.
its a lot better solution anyways.


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Let him also know that without the router, if he transports the laptop somewhere, suddenly his connection to the HTPC is gone.

That'd kinda suck if you use that to get guide information for recording TV programs, or Windows Updates, etc.
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