wireless router for home network help plaese.

  cdb 20:33 16 Jul 07
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I have a Belkin N1 wireless router for sharing my internet connection with the wifes wireless vista laptop.

My XPsp2 Desktop is hard wired into the router.

I've been told that I should be able to set up a home network, so I can share files directly with the wifes laptop using the router.

How do I do this?

I've tried setting up a network, but I can't see the wifes laptop and she can't see mine.

We both have the same workgroup name.

Should I be trying to set up a network or wireless network?


If and when it works, can I share the printer that is wired into my desktop?

All help appreciated.

  mgmcc 21:52 16 Jul 07

Firstly, both computers should be in the same Workgroup but have individual names. In XP, set any folders and printer(s) that you want to have available over the network as "shared" by right clicking them and selecting the Sharing & Security option. Any firewall software needs to be configured to allow access to the networked computers, which may involve adding their IP addresses in a "trusted" section. That is basically it in XP. Its icon should appear in "My Network Places" in the XP PC and in "Network" in the Vista laptop.

For File & Printer Sharing in Vista, go into the "Network and Sharing Center" and ensure you have switched "On":

Network Discovery

File Sharing

Public Folder Sharing

Printer Sharing (if sharing a printer hosted in the Vista computer)

For more comprehensive instructions on Vista networking:

VISTA NETWORKING ?
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To enable access to a Vista PC from another computer both should be in the same “Workgroup” which, ideally, should be a name of your own and not the Windows default name.

To change the “Workgroup” name in Vista, right-click Computer and select “Properties”. In the System window, the Workgroup name is listed in the Computer Name, Domain, and Workgroup settings section - click the “Change Settings” link if you need to rename your workgroup. ?

Next, setup the Network Location Type: Domain, Public or Private (select Private if you are setting up a home network or small office network located behind an Internet gateway such as a router). Vista will then automatically configure security and other settings based on the type of network selected. To view the Network Location Type, click Start, right click Network, and select Properties. This opens the “Network & Sharing Center” where the type will be shown in brackets after the Network Name.
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If the Network Location Type is set to “Private”, Network Discovery is automatically enabled in the Sharing and Discovery section of the Network and Sharing Center window. You should manually enable File Sharing, Public Folder Sharing and, if appropriate, Printer Sharing and Password Protected Sharing.

FILE SHARING
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To enable File Sharing: ?

In the Sharing and Discovery section of the Network and Sharing Center window, click the down arrow next to File sharing. Within the File sharing settings, click Turn on file sharing, and then click Apply. ?

To enable Public Folder Sharing: ?

In the Sharing and Discovery section of the Network and Sharing Center window, click the down arrow next to Public folder sharing. Within the Public folder sharing settings, click one of the following: ?

a) If you want to share the Public Folder so that other computers on the network can access it to open files, but not create or change files, select “Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can open files”.

b) If you want to allow users to create or change files, select “Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can open, change, and create files”. Click Apply.

PRINTER SHARING

To enable printer sharing: ?

In the Sharing and Discovery section of the Network and Sharing Center window, click the down arrow next to Printer sharing. Within the Printer sharing settings, select “Turn on printer sharing” and click Apply. ?

Password Protected Sharing:

To enable password protected sharing:
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In the Sharing and Discovery section of the Network and Sharing Center window, click the down arrow next to Password Protected Sharing. Within the Password protected sharing settings, click “Turn on password protected sharing” and click Apply. ?

File Sharing Settings:
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To share a folder in Vista, ensure that File Sharing is enabled as above then navigate to the Folder that you want to have available as “shared” over the network. Right click it and select “Share”. The File Sharing properties sheet opens. If you have Password Protected Sharing enabled, use the File Sharing properties sheet to select which users have access to the shared folder and their permission level. To allow all users, select Everyone in the list of users. To allow a user to change files or folders or create new files or folders, select Co-owner as the permission level. If you do not have Password Protected Sharing enabled, use the File Sharing window to select the Guest or Everyone account, which is the equivalent to XP’s “Simple File Sharing” in Windows XP. Click “Share” and then “Done”.

  mgmcc 21:52 16 Jul 07

DETAILS FOR SETTING UP A "SHARED" PRINTER:

1) Connect the printer to the "client" PC, as though it were to be used with that computer, and install it. This ensures that it has all the necessary software/drivers on board.

2) Reconnect it to the "host" PC and, in its Properties, set it as "shared". In the client's "My Network Places" (or Network Neighborhood), the printer should then appear as a shared resource of the "host" PC along with any shared folders. Double clicking the printer in the remote PC should automatically install it as a "network printer" in the "client". This means that the "client" now has the same printer installed twice - once as a "local" printer and again as a "network" printer (with a bar under the icon to indicate a network device). If you are always going to print via the network, you may want to set the "network printer" as the default.

Otherwise, have a look at this Microsoft article. It is an old article written for Windows 95, but the basic principle for installing the network printer should still be valid. click here;en-us;141839

  mgmcc 21:54 16 Jul 07

URL should be:

h t t p : / /

support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;141839

  cdb 17:03 18 Jul 07

Well, I've tried all that and I just can't get anything to show on the XP PC. I've tried setting up wireless and non wireless networks and have got nowhere.

  mgmcc 11:37 19 Jul 07

What happens if, in the XP PC's "My Network Places", you type in the path to the Vista laptop's Public Folder using the format:

\\computername\Public

or

\\192.168.2.x\Public [where "x" is the final part (octet) of the laptop's IP address]?

  cdb 20:34 19 Jul 07

Err, how do I do that? My Network places is a folder with nowhere to type?

  cdb 21:27 19 Jul 07

If I try pinging the Laptops adress it times out. Is that significant?


(meant to say my network places is an explorer page with nowhere to type)

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