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Automatically/Easily connect to Wireless Ad-hoc Network


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Posted 29 March 2011 - 09:30 PM

Hi,

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,
O. O.

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