Compter To Computer Network

  mark mcc 22:58 14 Apr 2006


Can anyone tell me how to set up a computer to computer network and if you dont mind giving it to me in steps please.


Can you also advise me how to fileshare when the network is set up and what program (s) to use.


  Forum Editor 22:59 14 Apr 2006

and I'll move it across now.

  mark mcc 23:03 14 Apr 2006



  mark mcc 23:07 14 Apr 2006


i forgot to add its a wireless Computer To Computer Network


  Strawballs 00:24 15 Apr 2006
  mgmcc 08:35 15 Apr 2006

To create a wireless network for Internet access and File/Printer sharing, you have essentially two options:

1) Install a Wireless Network Adapter in each PC and create an “Ad Hoc” Wireless Network. This is a network in which the two PCs talk directly with one another, rather than via a Wireless Access Point. “Internet Connection Sharing” is then enabled on the actual Internet connection in the “host” PC and the “client” PC will have Internet access provided the “host” is running and online.

When you enable “Internet Connection Sharing” on the Internet connection, it automatically configures the Local Area Connection with the IP address and subnet mask However, as you will be using a WiFi adapter, you want this address to be allocated to it, rather than a “wired” Ethernet adapter if you have one fitted, so the Local Area Connection should be disabled before setting up “Internet Connection Sharing”. The "Client" PC's Local Area Connection should be set to get its IP address automatically, which it does by DHCP from the "Host" PC. Also, if you run the Zone Alarm firewall in your “Host” PC, the Internet Zone Security level must be reduced from High to Medium or “ICS” traffic will be blocked.

To enable “Internet Connection Sharing” in Windows XP, open the Network Connections folder, right click the actual internet connection (modem connection), select Properties and then the Advanced tab. Tick the box “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection”.

2) The preferred option for connecting more than one computer is to use a broadband Router and, with ADSL, this should be a combined “Router/ADSL Modem”. This is an ”Infrastructure” wireless network because the connected PCs communicate via the router’s Wireless Access Point. Again, a wireless adapter is installed in any PC that needs to connect wirelessly, but often the main PC is close enough to the router for it to use a “wired” connection with only the remote PC connecting wirelessly

With a router, it is the router which connects directly to the ISP and not one of the connected PCs. The router in turn allocates the IP addresses to the PCs, using one of the address ranges reserved for Local Area Networks, usually

Either of these options will additionally allow you to run File and/or Printer Sharing wirelessly across the network.

If you are running software firewalls, the IP addresses of the networked PCs must be put into its "trusted" area to allow them to communicate with one another.

<<< Can you also advise me how to fileshare when the network is set up >>>

Basically right click the folders you want to have available over the network and select the "Sharing & Security" option. Make sure that at least one folder is shared in each computer in the network and that all computers are in the *same* Workgroup.

<<< and what program (s) to use. >>>

Windows Explorer, but open it as "My Network Places" rather than "My Computer" because there are subtle differences in how My Network Places expands when you click the [+] beside it.

  mark mcc 13:30 16 Apr 2006

Thank-You mgmcc

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