Can you use a wireless access point without a wired network?

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Sue Swaze, Oct 22, 2004.

  1. Sue Swaze

    Sue Swaze Guest

    I keep reading stories about how much better infrastructure networks
    are than point to point (better at keeping connections, easier to
    configure etc). I don't have a broadband connection to share and
    don't have a wired network to connect to, but can I get a wireless AP
    anyway or will it only work if it is connected to a wired network


    Sue Swaze, Oct 22, 2004
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  2. Hi Sue

    You should be able to get a wireless router to create your network. I run a D-Link unit at home and this
    works quite well.

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  3. Sue Swaze

    Joe Guest

    No, it doesn't need anything wired. The drawback is that both the
    networking and the wireless parameters have to be right for the network
    to spring into life.

    If you're confident of doing that, go ahead. If not, it's usually easier
    to drag all the computers together, connect with cables temporarily, use
    the XP Networking wizard to get the machines working together and then
    go wireless.

    Presumably one of your machines has an Internet connection to be shared,
    and will therefore be the network master machine. Run the wizard on this
    one, and at the end it will offer to make a floppy which can then be
    used to set up the other machines to talk to it.

    Most home wireless routers have a few Ethernet ports. If not, ignore it
    and connect each other computer to the master in turn using a
    *crossover* Ethernet cable, to get all the machines talking.

    The wireless part may just work, or may need a little nudging. If so, at
    least you're confident that basic networking is OK and it's only the
    wireless bit you need to get working.
    Joe, Oct 22, 2004
  4. Sue Swaze

    Jack Guest


    As a general rule at least one computer should be Wired, otherwise if the
    Wireless does not work you would not be able to log and check or change the

    Look at this page Option 1 and 3 might help you to find a solution:

    Jack (MVP-Networking).
    Jack, Oct 23, 2004
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