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Q: connecting two computers on wi-fi ( Answered 2 out of 5 stars,   5 Comments )
Subject: connecting two computers on wi-fi
Category: Computers > Wireless and Mobile
Asked by: volatore-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 29 Aug 2005 18:55 PDT
Expires: 28 Sep 2005 18:55 PDT
Question ID: 561999
My small hope system consists in:
- cable modem
- wi-fi router
- one laptop connected in wi-fi
- one desktop connected in wi-fi
Both computers can go online without problems. The point is that I
can't have them see each other in a "simple" way, even if I run the
network wizard. The only way I have is to perform a "search/computers
or people", enter the other computer's IP, and then they connect
without problems but only until one is shut off.
I'm sure there have to be a better way, but I can't find it...
Subject: Re: connecting two computers on wi-fi
Answered By: angy-ga on 29 Aug 2005 22:12 PDT
Rated:2 out of 5 stars
Hi, volatore-ga !

I have an identical set-up, plus the need for remote access. I use
BeInSync, and am very pleased with it. Even the free version is
sufficient for most of my needs, running a small business with laptop,
desk top, and business partner at a remote location, though I think I
will subscribe for access to some of the extras. BeInSync are at:

They say:

"   *  Have your data always in sync at home, work and on the go
    * Travel light and get to your data using Web remote access
    * Share any size files with colleagues, partners and friends?

And they quote this review:

" If you use multiple machines and constantly move data between them,
BeInSync is a godsend.
PC Magazine (Sep 14, 2004)"

The free version syncs five files which suits me. There is a polite
nag screen inviting me to upgrade each time I boot up, but for a
product with no time restrictions I don't mind that.

I've even been able to download a program exec. file to one computer,
and install it on the other !

BeInSync further explains at:

"How does it work?

Simply install BeInSync on each of the computers you would like to
synchronize and specify what you'd like to synchronize - your desktop,
your My Documents folder, emails, contacts, favorites and more. From
now on, whenever you create, modify or delete any of these items,
these changes will automatically be reflected on your other PCs as
well. This way, you can keep on working from anywhere ....

... you can use BeInSync's secure remote Web access to get to your
remote files from any Internet kiosk or hotel.

Finally, BeInSync further extends data synchronization to allow you to
securely share data with colleagues, partners, customers and friends.
By sending a 'Share Invitation' to one or more users, a shared folder
is created and kept in sync on all parties' PCs. You can now work
simultaneously on this shared folder with the same ease as working on
your local files. "

There's a small learning curve - e.g. you access synced the files
through the BeInSync interface - but there's plenty of online support.
It was extremely easy to set up.

Obviously for the actual syncing to take place, both computers need to
be on. But your up-to- date files are accessible after that even if
only one machine is on. Next time they are both on, you can sync any
new changes.

The free version is quite adequate for home use or a small business,
but subscriptions are from a very reasonable $6.95 a month with
discounts for one year or two year options.

Good luck !

Search strategy:

Personal knowledge

Request for Answer Clarification by volatore-ga on 30 Aug 2005 06:34 PDT

Thanks for the answer. My problem unfortunately is NOT on the "sync"
side. It's that the two computers don't see each other. They go online
just fine, but I have to manually "search" every time I want to share
something. I was looking for a simpler way...

Clarification of Answer by angy-ga on 30 Aug 2005 19:51 PDT
It is a pity you have already rated, before I have had a chance to
post your requested clarification.

Your set-up cannot allow the computers to "see each other" without a
programme such as BeInSync to do it automatically, or the manual
process you describe.

Your set-up is a way of sharing the broadband connection, not a way of
directly sharing information between computers.

Request for Answer Clarification by volatore-ga on 31 Aug 2005 05:55 PDT
Andy, I'm sorry for having posted the rating already, this is my first
time to this forum and it kind of works in a "strange" way...
I see your clarification, which makes me understand the original
answer (and leaves me anycase wondering how in the hell can it be that
the system doesn't take care of such a basically simple situation...).
Ok, I'll have to live with it...

Clarification of Answer by angy-ga on 31 Aug 2005 19:32 PDT
The reason it's not just automatic, I think, is this: Wi-fi allows you
to take your wi-fi enabled laptop to any area with a wireless hotspot
or router. You could be in an office, a hotel, or a cafe.

If all the computers tieing in to that router could automatically see
each other, you would have access to everybody elses' computers, and
they would have access to yours ! Not a good idea.

Hence the need for a program in between to identify just the computers
you want and are permitted to link.

I hope you enjoy using this service and will come back to us. Just
remember, once you have rated an answer, it is technically closed.
Feel free to ask for a clarification first to establish a dialogue
with your researcher. The amount of work a researcher will do will
usually reflect their personal interest in the subject as well as the
price you are offering.
volatore-ga rated this answer:2 out of 5 stars
Nice info, but out of subject...

Subject: Re: connecting two computers on wi-fi
From: ufoolme-ga on 01 Sep 2005 16:05 PDT
It would help to know what OS your using.
That is ... what version of windows.
I would recommend "mapping" thie drives you offend access, that would
save some time.
I do this with 3computers all ad-hoc (with out a router) so it should
be easier with a router.
But then .. I mostly use apple systems :o)
Subject: Re: connecting two computers on wi-fi
From: techieguy-ga on 07 Sep 2005 09:17 PDT
Hi volatore-ga,

               My suggestion is to first search the computers the way
you use to do and then map the network drive. If you are using any
spyware and insternet security program, try to disable it. Please
access the links listed below to sharethe network drive in any windows
1)Title Mapping a network drive in Windows 95, 98, Millennium Edition (Me), or NT 
KB ID#: 118600 
Categories: Data and Utilities 

2)Title Mapping a network drive in Windows 2000 and Windows XP 
KB ID#: 201107 
Categories: Data and Utilities 

I am sure this will be able to solve your concern. 

Thanks & Regards.

Udain Ahuja
Subject: Re: connecting two computers on wi-fi
From: dr_chris-ga on 17 Sep 2005 14:01 PDT
Beinsyn is a spyware.
Watcho out from them they are publishing lies all over the net. I've
tried it and it took over my pc.

Subject: Re: connecting two computers on wi-fi
From: vibecn-ga on 24 Jan 2006 21:21 PST
the question is simple, first, get your desktop 's IP: 1,run command 
2,cmd  3 ipconfig. take down that IP address
                        second , turn to your laptop, input "\\desktop 's IP"
wait and enjoy!
Subject: Re: connecting two computers on wi-fi
From: dr_chris-ga on 21 Feb 2006 12:28 PST
BTW, I also hear that beinsync is a spyware.

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