I am familiar with computers, but because I donít like laptops, my exposure to wireless networking is almost zero. I am not sure if I am using the correct terminology in my description below. Please take everything with a pinch of salt
My home desktop computer (Windows XP Pro)
is connected directly to the internet (cable) modem i.e. there is no router, and I hope to avoid getting one if its possible. I recently got a laptop (Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit)
at work and I sometimes bring it home.
At home, I connect the laptop to the internet via internet connection sharing through the desktop. I had a wireless USB Dongle
lying around and I connected this dongle to the Desktop. On the Desktop in Windows XP, I set up/connect an ad-hoc network. I instruct my internet LAN connection to share the internet with this wireless network/connection. On the Laptop, I then locate this network, enter in the password and then connect.
I want to know if this setup can be made more easily. (By easily I mean either automatically, or with as few clicks as possible. Any commandline batch file or a program would do.)
I am most concerned about the laptop. Every time I connect to this ad-hoc network, I have to find the network in the list, retype the password etc. Is there anyway to shorten this process? On the desktop too I would like to connect to the wireless network automatically. Since I can more easily interact with the desktop (mouse vs trackpad, and better keyboard) this is not a priority.
I would be grateful for any pointers in this regard.
Thanks to you all,