Our company recently purchased a wireless broadband router, the EDIMAX 3G-6200n for use in our farm office premises. i would first like to point out that we only need it for networking our office computers, not for Internet access. Each of our computers has it's own separate Internet access modem. our location is somewhat beyond the reach of most mobile Internet Providers, so we have only 2 choices of which internet to access. Due of the remoteness of our location, the connections are also weak and tenuous at times, so it would make no sense to hook the modem (which works on CDMA) to the router as a central access point for all the PCs.
The number of computers on the network is actually 3 desktops, 2 of which use Win7 and one that uses XP. Sometimes we also have 2 laptops in the office used by our boss who shuttles from our main office to the farm.
As the Admin and IT Manager, I was asked to hook the router to my PC (Win7). The Farm Manager (who is my immediate Boss) uses the other Win7 PC located in the inner office. We purchased and installed a wireless networking card for that computer. When I first installed the Router, his PC was immediately able to see and discern the router as "ESSID" and gave me an option to connect. I could see my PC on his network in the "Control Panel". Initially, I could also see his and even print through his PC on his laser printer - wireless. However, I cannot see the XP on the network, which is physically located on the same desk as mine. I have connected that one to the router via networking cable. The XP PC tells me the LAN is connected, however, when I ping the XP, it never reaches it (same vice versa). There is a printer connected to the XP which I want to access through the router as well as many files which I do not have on my PC.
1. Is it merely a matter of upgrading the XP to 7? can it work if I do not upgrade?
2. Why is it that I cannot see my own PC on the network on my own PC?
3. How do I avoid the Internet option on the Wizard provided since i do not need it, and how do I avoid the computer asking me to connect to the VPN when it is already connected?
Hope you can help me out.