Hi all! StyleZ’s back from the paperwork and documents handling that I do for Gaming.RP! Finally, after finishing most of the details of the paperwork, I get some time to post at my blog today. As requested by a few friends of mine, and classmates, I shall release the small guide to making your own wireless network for playing games, for laptop users today!
Without Further ado, here it is!
– want to play LAN games of DOTA & CS with friends?
– want to set up a wireless network to share files?
– don’t know how to setup a wireless network?
– want basic security for your wireless network?
THE SOLUTION IS HERE!
A guide released by StyleZ, a.k.a Jasper, on how to create a wireless network, with screenshots and small detailed notes!
1st : Coming to your basic Wireless Network Connection Screen
– You see two networks, one being rpnet, one being Meow Network.
Note: rpnet is what we referred to a wireless network, where users can access it easily from anywhere, depending on the signal strength. Meow Network is a AdHoc network, where users need to be near each other in order to get the best signal strength for any LAN/Internet sharing. What we are doing today, is to make a “Meow Network”.
2nd : So how should I start?
– click on the “Change orders of Preferred Networks” button.
– You will be brought to this screen, as shown below.
– This is the place which you add your own Adhoc Network by pressing the “Add…” button.
– Click on the “Add…” Button, as the next step is being illustrated in the next screenshot.
3rd: Adding your own AdHoc Network
– after pressing the “Add…” button, you should have arrived at this screen.
– Network Name (SSID) here refers to the name of the Network you would like to use. For this guide, I will be using StyleZ.Network as the Network Name.
– For your network, at the Network Authentication part, choose Open.
– Data Encryption here refers to a security choice for your network, whether you would like to password-protect it, or let it be a unsecured AdHoc Network. I will illustrate how to make 2 type of networks with each examples of having no security, and a password-protected network.
NOTE : Networks that are password-protected, can be easily cracked, especially those using WEP Encryption. This is just a basic defense if you don’t want users to tap your network.
1st Example : making a password-protected AdHoc Network
– See that I have choose WEP for my data encryption?
– After choosing WEP, you will need to untick the “The key is provided for me automatically”, to input your own password or what is referred to as Network key in the screenshot. MAKE SURE YOU UNTICK!
– For a network key, I would suggest using 10 key combinations, 5 numbers and 5 letters. An example is 00000FFFFF for your network key. 5 zeroes and 5 F. Take note that this is just an example to illustrate how it actually works with data encryption using your own password.
– After doing it once, reconfirm the network key in the second row, and make sure you tick the checkbox “This is a computer-to-computer (ad hoc) network ; wireless points are not used”.
– Click Ok and you’re done!
– Your network is created, go back to your Wireless Network Connection Screen, and connect to your own network!
Note: Make sure you remember your network key, because during the process of connecting, the network will ask you for your encryption key. It works in the same manner for your friends, so also tell them the encryption key you are using to allow them to connect to your network successfully.
2nd Example : Making a unsecured AdHoc Network
A unsecured AdHoc network has been a more popular choice for RP students, as it can be easily created, without going through the hassle of using a encryption key to get access to the network. Yet, students must understand, a unsecured AdHoc Network can be easily tapped by other students to use it for their own purposes. Without further ado, this is the unsecured version!
– It’s actually easier this time, for your data encryption option, make sure it’s “Disabled”.
– Tick the checkbox “This is a computer-to-computer (ad hoc) network ; wireless points are not used”.
– Press Ok.
– You’re done!
– Your unsecured AdHoc Network is setup to be used!
4th: Checking your Wireless AdHoc Network
– After doing the steps above, check that you have reached this screen as shown below.
– After reaching this screen, press “Advanced”.
– You should be at this part of the screen after pressing “Advanced” as shown below.
– Choose “Computer-to-Computer (Ad hoc) networks only” as the option. This would make sure you will not connect back to rpnet while playing halfway through your CS match or your DOTA match.
– Press on the “Close” button.
– Press Ok.
– You’re done!
– Now, go back to your Wireless Network Connection screen as shown below.
– You should see your own network now!
– If you don’t see your network, press the refresh button a few times. It will normally appear after a few refreshes.
– Connect and have fun!
Note: Students, please be reminded that you need to change back to “Any Network Available” in your advanced settings shown above, when you wish to connect back to rpnet, or else you will receive an error that rpnet is a access point network.
This guide is not fully power-packed yet, but I have done my best in presenting it in the simplest manner possible with screenshots and words. I hope you will find it useful, and have fun playing your networked games!
This method currently work for users using Wireless Network Connections to connect to different networks. I will do my best to release a guide for users who are using the Intel/PRO Wireless Software as soon as possible.
Users using WNC : Acer Laptops, Sony Vaio Laptops, HP laptops (not fully confirmed)
Users using Intel/PRO: Fujitsu laptops, Toshiba Laptops, Dell Laptops (not fully confirmed)
Thank you all for reading!
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