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Setting Up a Home Network

Discussion in 'Networking' started by MickL, Dec 27, 2005.

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  1. MickL

    MickL Thread Starter

    May 5, 2005
    My son has just got a new PC for Xmas and we are now trying to create a home network.

    Our PC situation is as follows;

    PC1 - a desktop PC running XP Home with attached printer

    PC2 - a desktop PC running XP Pro

    Both PC's connect to the internet via wireless adapters that connect to a Netgear DG834G Wireless Router (which is not physically connected to either PC).

    Both PC's have been assigned to the same Workgroup (e.g. OurHome) & the printer has been 'shared'.

    The situation that we need to achieve is that both PC's have access to the shared printer (I realise that PC1 will need to be turned on for PC2 to use the printer) & that we are able to access certain folders on each others PC.

    We've tried to create a Home or Small Office Network but are unable to see the other PC from either (or connect to the shared printer from PC2).

    We're not usually technically challenged, but this is causing us a mighty headache.

    Is any able to give us either detailed instructions on how to achieve what we want or even tell us if its not possible.

    Thanks in advance for any help that can be offered.

  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    On each machine run the Network Setup Wizard (can be found in Control Panel). Tell it that computer gets internet from "residential gateway," and enable file and printer sharing. Windows XP firewall will be properly configured by the wizard. You must uninstall or properly configure any 3rd party firewalls. Computers must have unique names but same Workgroup.

    The Shared Documents folder will be shared automatically. For any other folder you want to share, right click on it and choose 'sharing ...'. You can optionally give write permission.

    To share a printer connected to a computer, go to Printers and Faxes, right click on the printer, and choose 'sharing ...'.

    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 (20 minutes; even hours) 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, and a few computer restarts.

    On computers that want to use a printer that is on a different machine, when you can see the other computer's shares (shared folders and printers) in My Network Places, right click on the printer and choose "connect ...'.

    If you get failure at any step (after allowing some lag time as mentioned above), please tell us exactly what failed and what you were attempting at that time.
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