I have just got into the 21st century and gone broadband, I have 3 computers in the house, they all have USB wireless dongles to spaek to the BT hub. What I want is for the PC's to be able to share printers and files, it looked fairly simple but I must be missing something. The printer is connected to the mail PC Cheers Dave
This is how to do it, As long as you have a XP computer and they can all connect to the internet via the router. I have two Desktops one XP other 98se and one XP Laptop Wireless, desktops are connected via Ethernet. Start all your computer and printers, Scanners do not work on a network. On the XP computer connected by Ethernet, go to Control Panel\Networking and start the Network Wizard, Create a Network Floppy when it asks, if no floppy use a USB flash drive. After you have done the Network Wizard, it's easy use the floppy or Flask drive or Stick in each computer, double click on the one file on the above device, you do this on all except the one you created the file, Safe guard the file so you can use again if you have problems. That sets up Networking. To use ether press WinKey+E or go through my computer and right click on what you want to share go to share tab and change the settings to what you want
Just given it a go and neither PC can see the others printer or files, each PC is connected wirelessly to the router so none of the PC's are hardwired, should this make a difference, both downstairs PC's are Dell and running XP SP2
Can you get on the net from any Computer connected to the same router Wired or Wireless? if so the above is the answer. But as I said I have two connected by Ethernet wire, only the Laptop is Wireless but can get at printers and files from any. If they have been set to shared
I found this article helpful: click here If you have XP on all of your computers you do not need to create a floppy or transfer data to a usb stick - just run the network wizard on each computer obviously remembering the network name. You have to set the printer to share. In my experience the guest account has given me most trouble.