Help needed with setting up network at home

  SimoneT 08:35 10 Nov 2006

We have just bought a new laptop and have also purchased the BT Home Hub and have successfully installed this for our desktop PC and the laptop. We now want to network the two computers but are not sure how to do this? As our computer is a little older what would we require, just a network card/cable?

  mgmcc 09:13 10 Nov 2006

If both computers are connected to the Home Hub and have simultaneous internet access, then they are already networked and no additional hardware is required.

Both computers should be in the same Workgroup (essential if using Win 98, preferable if using XP) and at least one folder in each PC should be set as "shared" by right clicking and selecting the Sharing & Security option. Any firewall software should be configured to allow access to the networked computers, which may involve adding their IP addresses into the settings.

  SimoneT 09:50 10 Nov 2006

As we have got XP do I just click onto the network icon and take it from there? What about sharing of printers, would I need to install the printer software on the laptop? Sorry to be a pain, but I have never had more than one pc :)

  mgmcc 12:08 10 Nov 2006

If you go into "My Network Places" and expand the folder tree, you should see all of the computers in the network, similar to this screenshot click here

Double clicking one of the computers will then show its "network shares", the Folders and Printers that have been set as "shared". Screenshot click here

My standard "blurb" on setting up a Network Printer:

1) Connect the printer to the "client" PC, as though it were to be used with that computer, and install it. This ensures that it has all the necessary software/drivers on board.

2) Reconnect it to the "host" PC and, in its Properties, set it as "shared". In the client's "My Network Places" (or Network Neighborhood), the printer should then appear as a shared resource of the "host" PC along with any shared folders. Double clicking the printer in the remote PC should automatically install it as a "network printer" in the "client". This means that the "client" now has the same printer installed twice - once as a "local" printer and again as a "network" printer (with a bar under the icon to indicate a network device). If you are always going to print via the network, you may want to set the "network printer" as the default.

Otherwise, have a look at this Microsoft article. It is an old article written for Windows 95, but the basic principle for installing the network printer should still be valid.

click here

Also - "How to Use Windows XP to Share a Printer with Others on Your Network"

click here

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