File sharing over a LAN: help needed

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Apr 9, 2008
I have a LAN set up consisting of:

1 PC - cable connected to the router
1 Laptop - wirelessly connected to the router
Both Computer are on the similar IP range and both with internet access.

However, I'm looking to set up files sharing between the two computers over the LAN but not had much luck so far.

Under Network Connections on the settings on the cable connected PC. I can see that 'File and Printer sharing' is checked under 'Local Area Connection'. On the laptop; Should the same be checked under 'Local Area Connection' or under the 'Wireless Connection' in 'Network connections. It's currently checked on 'Local Area Connections'.

(.....can someone answer that part before the next part please...)(y)

Is there anything else I need to make sure is set up so that I can start sharing files? As, I've tried to access each computer from the other with no luck.....they can see that each other exist on the 'entire network', but they can't share files...permission reasons.

Hope someone can help!? :(


Mar 23, 2005
I didn't catch what OSes you are using, but I think the following will cover at least one of them.

The following will set up a Microsoft Workgroup for File and Printer Sharing assuming the PCs are already networked via router, ad-hoc wireless or Ethernet (directly or using switch or hub).

In Network and Dial-up Connections (Win 2k Pro) or Network Connections (XP) right click on your connection and select ‘Properties.’ If not already there, install or add a check mark for “Client for Microsoft Networks, “File and Printer sharing …” and “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).”

Right click on My Computer, select Properties, and on the Computer Name tab make sure you have a unique computer name and the workgroup name that you want to use for all computers. Change if necessary.

Restart the PC.

You must uninstall or properly configure any 3rd party firewalls on each machine.

If using the XP SP2 firewall: Control Panel – Windows Firewall – on the General tab it should be “On” and on the Exceptions tab “File and Printer Sharing” should be selected. (When using this PC on a public network set it to “No Exceptions.”)

The Shared Documents folder is automatically shared. Any other folders or printers you want to share, just right click on them and sharing ... . When sharing a printer, accept the offer to load other drivers if your other PCs have different Operating System(s).

When you first go into My Network Places there will be nothing there. The first time you click on 'View Workgroup computers' will probably result in great disappointment. It takes awhile (up to 15 minutes) before all the computers in the workgroup get up-to-date and accurate lists of the other computers. Often you can speed up this process via Search for other computers.

When computers show up in My Network Places, double click on one to see its shares. If that includes a printer, you can right click on the printer to connect to it.
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