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Ripley25

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I have 3 desktops each connected to a printer. I would like to know how to share the printers and files between the desktops. The computers and printers are conected per the attached configuration with modem, routers and switches.
 

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First of all, the D-Link switch will have no bearing on your configuration, so that's one thing you do not have to consider.

Next, make sure all of the PCs are on the same workgroup (Microsoft default workgroup names are MSHOME or WORKGROUP) you can pick whatever name you want, but if you have to change PC or workgroup names, make sure to reboot everything a few minutes before you start to set up shares. This allows the new PC names, and workgroup name to propagate to each PC. If all PCs are Vista or 7, you can alternately use the 'homegroup' setup options. At this point, you might want to simplify PC names mom-pc, kitchen-pc, basement-laptop, etc..)

Next, you want to make sure that any firewalls you have on each PC are set to allow file and print sharing. On many internet security suites, you might also have to set the local network to 'trusted'.

Next, click the right mouse button on each folder or printer, (for printers on vista and 7 you want to right-click and select 'Printer Properties' - from there, you can access the 'sharing' options tab). From XP, just right-click on any folder or printer, select 'properties' then click over to the 'sharing' tab where you can set your share name and permission options.

With so many PCs on the LAN, the permissions options for shared folders might create a (for now unknown) level of complexity, but hopefully, me or someone else wil be able to help you through that.
 
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