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Change Home Networks

by Walt H / May 22, 2014 12:35 AM PDT

I have my sister's old Dell laptop running Win XP SP3 which I will use as a backup. This laptop was part of her home network but I want to make it a part of MY home network. I changed her WORKGROUP name to my WORKGROUP name.

Running the network setup appears that I'm setting up a NEW network but I want to connect to MY existing home network (which is different from the previous home network the laptop was connected to). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Clarification Request
Connecting is easy.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 22, 2014 12:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Change Home Networks

Plug the Ethernet in and you're "connected." But it appears you are asking to connect to or create a network share and you would never use that network wizard to do that.

As all that is on the web, I'll wait for more clarification of what you want to do.
Bob

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Wireless connection to home network
by Walt H / May 22, 2014 2:22 AM PDT
In reply to: Connecting is easy.

Sorry I wasn't as clear as I thought. I want to connect wireless to my home network. I'm fairly familiar with home network sharing as I set up my own network. What bothers me is that I don't want to create a "new" network or make my sister's old laptop the main computer on my already existing network. When I try to start file sharing, it prompts me to start the home network setup and some of the choices during the setup seem to gravitate toward a "new" network rather than my existing network. The term "new network" kind of throws me off a bit.

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Link, comment
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 22, 2014 2:25 AM PDT
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Link is not exactly right for your network.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 22, 2014 2:27 AM PDT
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It's an example that works for most Windows XP SP3 systems. I can't guess which security system you use so the later screens will never match yours.
Bob

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Already connected to my wireless network
by Walt H / May 22, 2014 3:31 AM PDT
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Bob,

The old laptop is already up and running on MY wireless network, I just need to enable file and printer sharing so I can print to my network printer from the old laptop.

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So do you need a tutorial on that?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 22, 2014 3:52 AM PDT

Also, a recent discussion had us going over accounts and such. It seems that this is a deep subject best carved into digestible bites.
Bob

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enable sharing on the old laptop
by James Denison / May 22, 2014 4:01 AM PDT

You set the limits there too. Anything wanting to connect to the share, if you have set it, may have to enter the laptop user's name and password.

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set up the second one
by James Denison / May 22, 2014 12:40 AM PDT
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Of course it's a new network. You will then have a choice between which one you want to connect to. On my Linux box I can connect to one network I have for my last child at home, and one for my wife and I.

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Issue resolved...
by Walt H / May 22, 2014 5:35 AM PDT
In reply to: Change Home Networks

Issue resolved. I ran the wireless network setup and was able to turn on file and printer sharing. Everything seems to be working fine so far.

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