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ICS with WinXP and access point on network

By wzantopulos ·
I have a network setup with ICS, 3 workstations, access point. One host, 2 workstations, access point. What configuration is needed for access point(Wireless/Wired)router to work with ICS. Cannot utilize ICS on workstations via host computer on network. Please advise.
Sincerely,
Bill

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by Ken G. In reply to ICS with WinXP and access ...

Hi Bill,

Okay, I'll give this one a shot but be advised that netorking with wirless hardware and ICS is problematic at best. So here we go...

1) If you're running any third party firewalls on these workstations add each IP adddress to the 'Trusted Zone.'

2) When that is complete run the Network Setup Wizard on the ICS host first and then on the client machines (doesn't matter which order just as long as you run ICS setup on the host first).

3) Now run the Wireless Connection Wizard on the host machine and continue on with the clients.

*Be sure to read your hardware's product documentation on how to proceed with this process because the procedure will differ for every OS.

**Troubleshooting Tips**

If you are running multiple versions of Windows this will only compound your problem. Try using one OS on the network.

Make sure your network hardware is inter-compatible.

Make sure you are not exceeding the hardware broadcasting range.

Keep in mind that a 1 meter thick wall at varying angles will decrease broadcast throughput because the wall is 'thicker' at a 15, 20, 30 degree angle.

Hope this helps.

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by CG IT In reply to ICS with WinXP and access ...

as an optional method than that of Ken G., do not run ICS. If you have a router,[wired/wireless] the router handles the NAT which allows sharing of the connection so ICS is not needed. All computers connect to the routers ports [typical consumer level router has 4 10/100 ports built in]. Consumer level routers also have a built in DHCP server so computers on the LAN obtain an address from the router. Most consumer routers require your browser to be configured to use the router. Open up your browser and follow the instructions provided by the router mfg, or [if IE] click tools, internet connection/options, Connection tab, the at the bottom LAN settings. Make sure all boxes are unchecked. Click ok.

Configuring a secure wireless connection requires you to setup WPA 128 bit encryption and a MAC address filter. Again follow the router mfg directions.

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