network, dhcp, tcp/ip, 802.11, subnets, wpa security... aah all bloody confusing terms.
i always thought network engineers/architects were wizards. creating network was like so complex that you would give up before even starting it. no one wished to deal with lan cables. even with wi-fi, creating a network was still a task.
i remember trying to create a personal peer-to-peer network in windows xp and first thing i googled was softwares for it. some were paid, i didn't download. windows 7 provides an easy way of creating wireless ad-hoc (peer-to-peer) network but my old laptop didn't supported it (everything supported except the wireless lan card).
i wished there were a way of doing that in 1, 2, 3 ;)
now i found another wizard (not network engineers), called ubuntu. it lets me create network like a kid's play.
1. turn on your wi-fi hardware button.
2. click on the network icon on your panel (the topmost bar in your desktop).
|network icon in panel|
3. select "create new wireless network".
4. provide a name and security key to it (or just leave it to none. "not recommended" ).
|create new wireless network with security|
|create new wireless network without security|
5. click create and you are done. seriously, you are done.
i use this to connect to other devices in my home. since, i have internet connection through ethernet, i use this as an access point for my smartphone saving my money on packet data.
you could also use this for file-sharing and other home network activities. let me know if you cane any problem creating your own home magic network.
ubuntu is wizard!