Solved Security with individual computers on Windows 7 Homegroups

October 18, 2012 at 03:24:04
Specs: Windows 7
Home Workgroups
I have a Windows 7 Home group setup at home that allows 4 laptops and 2 PC's access to the Internet and to each other. The wireless network is controlled by a wireless Router. We have a Maths teacher who visits our home once a week to help out with one of my children, he is here for about 90 minutes and during that time he needs access to the internet (wireless), using his laptop.
At the moment, he has the home group password and therefore has access to all computers data. How can I control the Teacher being able to use the Internet, but stop him being able to have access to our Workgroup. Thanks, Alan

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October 18, 2012 at 03:41:59
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I don't understand why the teacher must have your home group access, it is sufficent his laptop has access to the router. Home workgroup is a LAN property that has nothing to do with internet access. You can set up on the same router different workgroups (defined at PC level) all accessing the web, but ignoring each other (e.g. group MSHOME and group MSGUEST).

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October 18, 2012 at 05:25:36
Thanks IVO for the information.,
I have just realised what you are saying. I have been confusing the Router's SSID with Homegroup (stays as Homegroup) and the Workgroup name. Now having all my computers running Windows7, I am just using homegroup. (don't know why the workgroup name cannot be deleted.
Thanks for taking the time to help me out.

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October 18, 2012 at 07:05:18
You cannot delete the workgroup because a Windows system has to be part of something, whether that be a domain or workgroup.


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October 18, 2012 at 07:16:33
We have a young lady who comes over and house/dog sits for us when we need to be away for a whole day. She has a laptop. I had my wife join her to our wireless network by typing in the encryption key on her laptop's wireless profile for my WLAN. Call me paranoid but, I didn't think she (the young lady) needed to know the encryption key.

So now, whenever she comes over to house sit, she just clicks on the appropriate WLAN profile and is connected. This gives her full internet access but I have her locked out of accessing any/all shares on my LAN.

You can do the exact same thing.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
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October 18, 2012 at 07:32:19
Yes, that works too. IVO gave me the background info on setting the workgroup up in the first place. The internet and the homegroup are two separate things and for some reason I thought they were directly connected.
So all fixed, thanks for everyone's thoughts. Roll on the Maths Teacher!, I'm sure my daughter would agree. :)

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