Setting up a LAN

April 5, 2009 at 14:49:57
Specs: Windows XP
I have been struggling her hand I'm hoping someone can help. I have a wireless network at home, running a Linksys WRG54G wireless router and a desktop and two laptops running Windows XP. Works great for surfing the web. However, I would like to set up a LAN so that my laptops and desktop (and printer) can share files with each other.

Any clues? I've been trying for hours to figure this out and I have gotten nowhere.

Any help is appreciated.

Robert


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#1
April 5, 2009 at 15:28:50
From control panel, click on network and internet connections, click on network setup wizard (run on each pc) and follow the on-screen prompts.

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#2
April 5, 2009 at 15:31:52
Run the "Network setup up wizard" in control panel on both laptops, choosing the option, "this computer connects to the internet thrugh a residual gateway...." again on both, choose any computer description and leav the workgroup name as MSHOME, then choose "turn ON file and printer sharing" and finally choose "just finish the wizard ..."

As for sharing the printer i assume it connects via USB, if so plug the printer into one of the laptops, install the drivers etc...., go to control panel/printers, right click the printer and choose sharing, choose "share this printer and give it some name, "myprinter2" or ex, the other laptop can then access the printer through this laptop.


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#3
April 5, 2009 at 18:55:55
Wow! Thanks. This works great, but...

I've now got the two laptops sharing information, but what about the desktop computer? I can't get it at all. I followed the instructions you gave for the laptops, but no luck. Should I do something different for the desktop?

I'm installing the printer drivers on one of the laptops as I type this.

Thanks again.

Robert


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#4
April 6, 2009 at 02:29:32
Should be the same for the desktop, maybe an ip conflict, you only need to install the printer drivers on the pc/laptop that has the printer on it though it wouldn't harm anything if you were to install them on all pcs/laptops.

So on both laptops and the desktop, go to start/run and type cmd, then type ipconfig, and post here the ip address of all of them.


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#5
April 6, 2009 at 06:24:40
I'm still trying to figure out what "I have been struggling her hand" means.

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#6
April 6, 2009 at 06:45:42
"I have been struggling her hand" = "I have been struggling here and" i think :)

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#7
April 6, 2009 at 21:37:22
Ha! Yes, it was "struggling here and". Would you believe I re-read what I wrote and missed it. Sometimes the mind plays tricks...

Anyway, I think I found the problem. It was my firewall (Zone Alarm). I disabled it and things worked fine. I have an older version of Zone Alarm on the desktop, the latest on the laptops.

Thanks for the help. I'm copying files between computers as I type! :)

Robert


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#8
April 21, 2009 at 19:26:07
Sorry for replying to this so late, but yes, Zone Alarm was the problem. I had to find the IP of my laptops, then set them as trusted IPs in Zone Alarm. Everything works great, now.

Thanks so much for helping me with this. Great stuff!

Robert


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