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i have a PC which is connected to a modem router through a Ethernet cable and a laptop which can be connected to the Internet over wireless through the same router. The PC has WinXP SP3 while laptop has Win7. Is there a way to connect this two in some way without using a wireless adapter for the PC or a LAN wire between them?

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Unfortunately I think you have the wrong stack exchange site for this question. Ita not a programming related issue. You need to look into windows networking. – jdi Mar 4 '12 at 6:57
    
If they're connected through the same router, then they should already be able to see each other. Try pinging one from the other. – Greg Hewgill Mar 4 '12 at 6:57
    
Greg. He called it a modem router. I dont think he knows how to ping. – jdi Mar 4 '12 at 7:01
    
Its a modem router or you may say a wireless modem, and i know how to ping – Sylar Mar 4 '12 at 7:05

They should be able to talk to each other just fine even though one is connected with a cable and the other is connected wirelessly. For basic stuff, this guide may be helpful for you.

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Thanks. That appears really helpful – Sylar Mar 4 '12 at 7:17

im not as well versed on how to fix your situation as i might like to be but depending on how youre trying to connect them (media server or file server or what have you) you could try hosting a file server on one or the other computers and using ftp to send files back and forth. another solution would be to just but a wireless router (unless the purpose of this post was so you didnt have to buy anything) hope ths helps

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He has a wifi router as stated in his question. Also, if he knew how to share folders on his pcs then a file server would not be nessesary. All he has to do is share a folder and check network neighborhood. – jdi Mar 4 '12 at 7:03
    
Thanks Alex, i'll try with file server but working with two different Operating Systems could be tricky... – Sylar Mar 4 '12 at 7:09
    
Sylar, the mix of winxp and win7 should have no issues with file servers, ftp, or simply enabling a shared folder. Right click in a folder in either operating system, go to properties, and turn on sharing. Then check network neighborhood. Nothing tricky – jdi Mar 4 '12 at 7:16
    
Ok jdi, i'll look into it. Thanks – Sylar Mar 4 '12 at 7:18

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