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Hi all.
My home network is linked to a cable moden by an eight port router. There are 5 computers into the hard wired into the router via cat 5 wire. All 5 computers use WinXP Professional, and the LAN is interconnected on NETBEUI protocol.
Yesterday I purchased a laptop with Windows Vista Home Premium installed. I would link the laptop to access the network wireless. Can anyone guide me as how to do this with my present network. I would like to leave the other 5 computers alone. Do I use a second wireless router? Or a switch? What about the NetBeui protocol and Windows Vista? Frankly, the only thing I would like for the laptop is to utilize the internet, and if possible to share a printer.

Thanks for the anticipated help.
 

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Well, with Vista, you can forget NETBEUI. :smile:

You should be able to network all the machines using just TCP/IP. If you just want to connect to the Internet, that's not an issue. If the printer is connected to an XP machine, the lack of NETBEUI will also not be an issue.

To add the wireless capability, the cheapest route is a wireless router, they're cheaper than a WAP. Here's the "cookbook"

Connecting two SOHO broadband routers together.

Configure the IP address of the secondary router to be in the same subnet as the primary router, but out of the range of the DHCP server in the primary router. For instance DHCP server addresses 192.168.0.2 through 192.168.0.100, I'd assign the secondary router 192.168.0.254 as it's IP address.

Disable the DHCP server in the secondary router.

Setup the wireless section just the way you would if it was the primary router.

Connect from the primary router's LAN port to one of the LAN ports on the secondary router. If there is no uplink port and neither of the routers have auto-sensing ports, use a cross-over cable. Leave the WAN port unconnected!
 
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