Simple networking with two laptops

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xiqueleza

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We have a linksys BEFW11S4 router.

An internet connection.

Two laptops with wireless cards.

We have plugged in the router, and internet connection, and we can both use the internet wirelessly. Neither computer is hardwired to router

The problem is that we have not been able to set it up correctly so that we can share files and the printer connect to one of the laptops. What steps do we need to take to configure it for file transfer and print sharing? Is it possible to use wireless card for both a network between our two laptops, and sharing the internet connection all behind the router? Do one of the computer need to be hardwired?
 

JohnWill

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Yes, it should be no issue to use the network for Internet and file sharing, we do it everyday. :) Some tips to consider...

All machines are must be in the same subnet, i.e. 192.168.0.x where x is any number. The subnet mask should be 255.255.255.0 for most small networks.

Turn off any firewalls for debugging. If the firewall is the problem, you'll have to configure it to allow access to "trusted zone" addresses.

PING each computer by IP address, and if successful, PING by name. You can obtain the IP address of a computer by opening a command prompt (DOS window) and typing IPCONFIG. This should work for any Windows version.

All computers should be in the same workgroup for computer browsing to function properly. File & Print Sharing has to be enabled on any computer you wish to share files or printers from. You also need to actually share the resource in question from My Computer, right click on the drive/printer/folder, and select sharing.

If you encounter difficulties accessing computers that are visible in Network Neighborhood, make sure the computer being accessed has an account with the same name/password as the system connecting to it uses to login.

While the default NetBIOS setting is correct for normal network configurations, it's possible for it to be altered, and it costs nothing to make sure it's correct. NETBIOS over TCP/IP must be enabled for normal network browsing.
 
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