i have my netgear router 108mbps arriving tomorrow along with a PCI 108mbps card. my laptop has wi-fi capabilities built in.
so the setup would basically be:
internet from wall->cable modem->router->main PC - - - -laptop
-> = wired
--- = wireless
Internet Connection Sharing
am i right in thinking that the internet is broadcast via the router which is picked up by the laptop?
therefore ICS does not require my main PC to have network capabilities in the form of the PCI card??
You don't need Internet Connection Sharing, this is for if you wanted the laptop to use the PC's internet connection. What you want is for the laptop to go on the internet through the router in the same way the PC will be. You will need an ethernet connection which your PC probably already has or if not, will be provided by the card you've just bought.
All you need do is plug your PC into the router, tell the router to broadcast wirelessly, set everything up and off you go.
so, if my router is broadcasting the internet, why can i not have my main PC wirelessy connected to the internet. i.e. why dose the router have to be connected to my main PC with an ethernet cable in order for ICS to work?
There is nothing stopping you from having a wireless connection from your PC to the router as well as or instead of a wired connection. In theory it is possible to do ICS through wireless but as I say you don't need to worry about this.
If the latop is surfing the internet using the ICS, what, if any files are stored on my main PC as a result of internet sharing. I'm thinking spyware, adware etc type files. I'm guessing though that no info is stored on my computer??
None. Just the settings that would tell Windows to look at the PC to log on and share. Now you have a router, Windows is set up by default to talk to routers out of the box.
Printer and file sharing
is it also correct that any file or printer sharing can be run through my PCI card and laptop wi-fi connection?
Yes. It works wirelessly too.
what are the advantages of print servers. They seem to cost a lot when it seems that it can be done simply thtough a basic network.
Designed primarily for businesses where lots of people could potentially be using them, in departments or various wings or whatever where it woud be more cost effective to maintain one printer as opposed to fifty.
i'll be using a netgear PCI card and a wi-fi connection on a laptop. I know the router offers protection via MAC address and WPE or whatever. How protected will my shared folders be running simply through the PCI card and the laptop??
Set protection up and change the default workgroup. Beyond that it's not all that obvious to most users how to find out what's on the network. And of course, only share stuff that isn't too big a deal for others to leech off - never share a folder with text files in them that contain bank details for example.
In all honesty though, anybody who wants to leech off a network wil usually only bother with the ones belonging to companies and what not where it's worth the while to get in and cause havoc - most domestic wireless networks are just internet access and nothing else.
If i turn on file sharing, i'm guessing that allows sharing of all folders with sharing enabled. In default Windows XP what folders would be automatically shared if any?
By default everything in All Users -> Documents is shared out of the box between all users (hence the name) but nothing by default unless you tell otherwise.
i have a cordless phone that will be within a metre of my router. How likely is it to cause problems? Should i move the phone even if there aren't any visual problems with ICS.
Depends on the frequency range of the phone and the cordless. If it is going to be an issue between the router and the base, the router you can change the channel number. But even then this technology isn't as fickle as it used to be so there probably won't be anything to worry about.