Networking & Wireless forum

General discussion

How to set up a wireless home network

by mikewazowski / November 9, 2007 2:16 AM PST

I feel so embarassed. I have searched high and low for a straight answer but I can't seem to work out how to create a home wireless network in my house. I don't know whether it's so easy it's not published anywhere or whether I'm missing something or what but I can't find what I think I'm looking for and it's so common I feel embarassed. So I turn to you guys. Apologies if you think I'm an idiot but please help me out, I am for real.

I have a PC running Windows XP upstairs with a wireless adapter. If a machine is to act as like a server then this is the one I'd want it to be. Downstairs I have a Netgear wireless router which is plugged into my DSL line, acting as the modem my crappy ISP gave me for free. With an ethernet cable I have my Xbox plugged in to this. Then I also roam the house with a laptop running Windows Vista. Oh and my flat mate also has a laptop running Windows XP.
All I want to do is set up a home network, wireless of course, that enables me to see all devices (PC, laptop, and Xbox) on the network, from each machine. I want to be able to transfer files between machines over the network and be able to communicate with my Xbox from my PC or laptop. I would also like my flat mate to be able to tap into the network when he likes so we can transfer files between our computers. I plan on hooking up a printer to the router at a later stage for shared printing too.

That's it. That's all I want to do. Is that so hard?

So what I'm after is a step-by-step guide on configuring this. If someone could point me in the right direction I would be eternally grateful.

Thanks for your time

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: How to set up a wireless home network
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: How to set up a wireless home network
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
There are only GUIDES.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 9, 2007 2:54 AM PST

The step by step is still only a GUIDE and will never match exactly what you see on the screen. I hope this explains that issue well enough for you.

As to your issue today, you omitted the part names, models, makes, how it's connected so there is little more I can offer except to note that the usual cause of not seeing file and printer shares are FIREWALL settings.

Bob

Collapse -
Guides
by mikewazowski / November 14, 2007 2:46 AM PST
In reply to: There are only GUIDES.

Thanks. Could you point me in the direction of them guides then please?

Collapse -
For example.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 14, 2007 3:41 AM PST
In reply to: Guides
Collapse -
Setting up a wireless home network
by jmgoldberg / November 15, 2007 12:36 AM PST

I use a program called Network Magic that automates many of the functions you are attempting to do. There is a free version to download and try.

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

GIVEAWAY

Turn up the volume with our Apple Byte sweeps!

Two lucky winners will take home the coveted smart speaker that lets Siri help you around your connected house. This sweepstake ends Feb. 25, 2018.