I have a Linksys 802.11g router with one PC connected via wireless and one via Cat5 and my neighbor has a similar configuration, except with a Netgear 802.11b router. Both routers are also connected to the internet via cable modem.
Is it possible to connect the two routers so that we can share files between the two networks without running a Cat5 cable?
You might have to change some setting on one rator so they can communcate but it still might not wanna hit the net off both without a proxy server. A lot of the times the wrong settings (and sometimes the right settings even) can cuase conflects. You might want to pic up a extender. If you have any problems call linksys but dont tell them its at two locations, tell them you have a linksys at one side of your house and a netear that you going to replace with a linksys at the other side of your house with its own cable connection and you want to be able to share the net between the two. That 802.11b is not going to have as good of a range as the 802.11G, I would put a extender closer to that one. If you naighboor is cool with this setup your trying to get going you may want to talk them into a 802.11G router upgrade.
Ya, as long as they have the encryption keys. Those are the ones generated within the wireless routers/bridges. If you don't use WEP, the whole neighborhood could. But I always found it easyier to bridge the networks by using domains to keep the routers from conflicting.
one of the routers will start work as a switch rather than a router unless you change the function of the router from a gateway to router. By default the router will function as a "gateway" - as far as linksys routers go...