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setting up file/folder sharing on a home wireless network

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Angreal, Jul 7, 2008.

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  1. Angreal

    Angreal Thread Starter

    Jul 7, 2008
    Hey there everyone.

    Hoping you guys can give me a hand here and tell me what im missing or doing wrong...

    Basically, theres 4 of us in a house and were hoping we can share files with each other. Weve SKY broadband (UK ISP) and they give you a netgear wireless router.
    as far as i know, theres 2 people on XP and 2 on vista, all connecting wirelessly to the wireless router for internet access

    What I want to know is how to allow us all to share folders with each other...we can do the sharing part so the files are visible on our own machines. however, we cannot see each others machines.

    What else on top of all joining the same workgroup do we need to do to be able to see each others shared folders?

    Ive tried using the wireless network for home or small office set up wizard in XP but get to the stage asking me to shove a flash drive in the back on my router. there are no usb ports on my router so I cannot do it this way...Does this stop it being possible?

    kinda outta ideas

    Any help is much appreciated


  2. Wanderer2


    Jan 28, 2008
    You already have a wireless network correct? So that was the wrong wizard.

    You can run the network wizard or just set everyone to the same workgroup name, create the same user accounts for everyone on every pc and share folders. Everyone should be able to see the shares then.
  3. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    Here's how to use the wizard for XP.

    Run the Network Setup wizard (found in Control Panel of XP). Tell it each of your computers connects to the internet via "residential gateway" and that you want to enable file and printer sharing. Create a disk at the end only if you have a Windows PC other than XP or 2k Pro or Vista.

    Windows XP firewall (if SP2) will be properly configured by the wizard. You must uninstall or properly configure any 3rd party firewalls on each machine. Unique computer names and same workgroup, of course.

    The Shared Documents folder is automatically shared. Any other folders (or drives) 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.

    For Vista, go into the Network and Sharing Center, make sure the network is designated 'Private' and set the options below that as you desire.
  4. Angreal

    Angreal Thread Starter

    Jul 7, 2008
    thanks for the advice guys I will give it a go tonight and post the results

  5. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
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