Home network setup step by step?

January 19, 2011 at 19:19:57
Specs: XP SP 3, 1.20
Hi, I currently have a desktop with XPsp3 and just got a laptop with Vista. I am using a Cisco router and so far I was able to set it up and get my wireless conection for my laptop.
Now what I would like to do is set up my two computers, so that they can see each other and share files & the same printer. What I am not sure if is I have to use the "Network set up wizard" that comes with my XP or if just by putting both computers on the same "Workgroup" will do the trick with out using the wizard. Any suggestions or instructions will be appreciated. Thanks.

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#1
January 19, 2011 at 19:56:14
Yes...just putting them in the same workgroup will do the trick. XP home is usually MSHOME and Vista will be Workgroup, so change one of them so they are the same. In XP when you go to share a file/folder it will ask if you want to enable file sharing and printer sharing....Vista make sure Network Discovery is turned on and file sharing is enabled in Network Connection and Sharing center. The automatically shared folder for Vista is the "Public" folder...anything dragged into that folder is shared. If the printer is a network printer you need the vista driver and xp driver. If the printer is not networkable, then you install it on one unit and share it out same as a folder.....so the computer the printer is attached to has to be on in order to print through to the printer. The printer disk may or may not have the network install, but both versions have the add printer wizard. Hope that helps get you started.

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#2
January 19, 2011 at 20:09:32
Thanks Hopper for your answer! But, do you mean I can choose any name I pick for the workgroup as long as they are both the same? Or do I have to go with either MSHOME or WORKGROUP only?

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#3
January 19, 2011 at 21:27:06
any name long as they are the same and use legal characters.

could be "Hoppernet" long as they are both the same and you have to restart after changing.


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#4
January 19, 2011 at 22:13:46
You will also need to...

install file and printer sharing
check the windows firewall allows file and print sharing.
share something on each
either enable the guest account or create same accounts/passwords on all devices for file share access.

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#5
January 20, 2011 at 06:03:38
Thank you both for your answers. Very well explained!

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