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Accessing another computer on a home wireless network

by Ziks511 / December 16, 2004 9:28 AM PST

Can I access the files on another computer on the home network? And if so, how? US Robotics wireless router.

Rob Boyter

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what have you done?
by glb613 / December 16, 2004 7:26 PM PST

Your post doesn't provide much information. What steps have you taken to network your computers? What files or folders do you have shared? Are you using a firewall? What operating systems are you running? It isn't difficult to network computers but, it does require you complete certain tasks.

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Need more info.
by jjcool / December 16, 2004 7:44 PM PST

What windows are you using? do you have internet connection sharing enabled? how many computers? do you just want access to the files or want control over the other computer? need some more info.

anyway heres a site to that will help. cause im not gonna try when i dont know what software your using.,aid,68763,00.asp

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Re:Accessing another computer on a home wireless network
by luxx / December 16, 2004 8:50 PM PST

I will assume the following:
_You use Windows XP
_You have a working network

If these 2 are correct then you need to open windows explorer, right click on the fodler you want to see from the other computer: properties - sharing - share this folder - ok.
This will give read permission on that folder to anyone on the network, if you want to change this, click on permissions and change it before pressing OK.

Now you can see this folder (it can be also a complete partition) from the other computers on the network.


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Thanks Luxx, glb613, and JJCool, and apologies.
by Ziks511 / April 5, 2005 3:04 PM PDT

Too many things intervening in the past 4 Months, new house, moving, renovation, all sorts of other things.

System: WinXP SP2 on both computers, newish (Aug) US Robotics Wireless Router and remote terminal, new large HDD on remote system. Both computers access the internet fine via Router. Am insufficiently proficient re: Network but I assume it is working if the Router is working OK. Anything else I should know?

Rob Boyter

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You need to share something
by glb613 / April 5, 2005 8:24 PM PDT

Most people share a printer. You can share a folder or the entire hard drive if you choose.

Do you have a firewall? If so, you need to configure it to let the network through. With Zone Alarm, you change the network from internet to trused.

I have three computers with XP networked through a wireless connection. I used the network wizard to connect each one. Some claim it isn't necessary but, it is what worked for me. To see the other computers on my network, I open my network places. That is where I can access everything that is shared.

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only thing they share is internet access
by Ziks511 / April 5, 2005 11:18 PM PDT

both have their own printers.


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Is your network encrypted?
by JBengeII / April 5, 2005 9:44 PM PDT

Are you using the WEP(wireless encryption protcol) keys or some sort of encryption on your computers? You may be allowing neigbors to access your network,
my 802.11b frequency has a 100 ft radius.

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If you are talking to me
by glb613 / April 5, 2005 9:49 PM PDT

the answer is yes. I found out my wireless can be detected across the street. A lot farther than 100 feet. I can detect all of the other wireless connection on my block just by taking my computer outside and walking down the sidewalk. Fortunately, they are all protected.

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No it was Ziks511
by JBengeII / April 5, 2005 10:17 PM PDT

I was asking the OP.

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(NT) (NT) We use a WEP key
by Ziks511 / April 5, 2005 11:19 PM PDT
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