Wirelessly networking a small office.

August 13, 2009 at 08:47:28
Specs: Windows XP/Vista
My office has four computers that all access the net wirelessly through the internet provided by the building.

I want to wirelessly network my computers so that each can access each other, through shared folders if needs be, and access the two printers, one of which has both a USB and Ethernet connections. I also have an external hard drive that I would like to network like a NAS.

I've very many years in computers, but am a complete noob when it comes to networks. I did buy a Belkin N+ router but got stumped once the setup wizard asked me to connect my modem and wouldn't proceed any further.

Any help would be gratefully appreciated as I live in a provincial backwater and tech support is non-existant...

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August 13, 2009 at 11:54:03
survey the computers as to their ip address [cmd prompt and type ipconfig]. Post those ips for review here.

Understand what you propose has security risks and would not be a tack I would recommend. This is assuming the ips are all in the same subnet and can then be connected.

Since this is a building shared wireless you are opening your planned network to the rest of the building.

You would be much better off putting a lan card in all the pc and then connecting them and the printer via a switch. Not only will this secure your network from outside snooping but it will be much faster than wireless.

You can use the Belkin as a switch only so all you need are nics and cables.

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