I'm 77 but determined to have a network.

  Derek 11:35 01 Apr 2007

I have this first PC with XP Pro in this room.
My second PC (XP Pro) is next door and connected to my Theatre Projectors system. I have both linked with an Edimax box and cards in both PC's.
This allows me to receive emails and get on the web and have Freeview in the Theatre.
I have thousands of photographs on my first PC and want to get them onto the other PC. I'm adding to my photo stocks regularly.

Question, without wires and more hardware, can I share files from here to there using this Edimax Wireless Lan.

Many thanks dear readers.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:06 01 Apr 2007

Is it "wired" together at the moment and are you sharing broad band internet connection?

Is this your router click here+(108Mbps)/+Edimax+54Mbps+Wireless+ADSL2++Modem?productId=24341?

  Derek 13:05 01 Apr 2007

No wiring between them. I am Broadband Cable NTL.
Modem under the desk fed to the router and then wirelessed to both PC's.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:19 01 Apr 2007

Then all you need to do is make sure both PCs are part of the same workgroup and enable sharing on the relevant drives or folders (do not share the root of the drives).

Run the Network Setup Wizard on all computers

To do so:
1. Insert the Windows XP CD in the first computer's drive.
2. When the XP Welcome Menu appears, click Perform Additional Tasks.
3. Click Setup Home Or Small Office Networking and follow the prompts.
4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 for each computer on your network.

Make sure you maintain an active Internet connection on your host computer as you proceed through this process.

Using your network

Once you have your network up and running, you can easily access other computers on the network via My Network Places (click Start -> My Network Places).

Use the Task Pane in My Network Places to adjust network settings and access computers on the network.

The Task Pane in My Network Places lets you access computers on your network and adjust settings.

The Task Pane in My Network Places lets you view your network connections and view each of the computers in your workgroup (the workgroup consists of all computers on a network which share the same workgroup name – by default, XP gives all computers on your home network the workgroup name MSHOME, although you can change this if you wish). When you initially open My Network Places, you'll see icons for the Shared Files folder of each of the active network computers.

Sharing a printer

With your home network installed, your PC suddenly gains all the advantages of the other PC's on the network.

To share a printer, on the computer which is directly connected to the printer:

1. Click Start -> Control Panel -> Printers And Other Hardware -> Printers And Faxes. (Note: These steps will be a little different if you're sharing a printer on a PC running a version of Windows other than XP. For example, under Windows Me, you click Start -> Settings -> Printers.)
2. Click the printer you wish to share.
3. Click Share This Printer in the Task Pane.
4. In the printer's Properties dialog, click the Sharing tab.
5. Click Share Name and OK.

Sharing a printer is a single-click operation.

Make a printer accessible to others on the network by sharing it.

Once a printer has been shared you can access it from other computers on the network. To do so:

1. Click Start -> Control Panel -> Printers And Other Hardware.
2. Click Add A Printer.
3. In the Add New Printer wizard, when asked whether the printer is a local or network printer, select the latter.
4. In the next screen, select the option to Browse For A Printer and click Next.
5. Select the appropriate printer from the list and continue with the wizard.

Sharing files and folders

Sharing a folder is even easier than sharing a printer:

1. Open a folder (such as My Documents), click Make A New Folder in the Task Pane and name your new folder.
2. With the new folder highlighted, click Share This Folder.
3. In the Sharing tab of the Properties dialog box, select Share This Folder On The Network.
4. Provide a descriptive name for the folder. This name should make it easy for others on the network to recognise the folder; it doesn't have to be the same as the folder name you selected in step 1.
5. You can let other people on the network view and edit your files or view them only. If you want to protect your files from tampering, remove the tick from Allow Other Users To Change My Files.

There are a variety of ways to access a shared folder. Here's one way:

1. Click Start -> My Network Places -> View Workgroup Computers.
2. Click the computer whose files you wish to access and then click the shared folder.

You can create shortcuts to shared folders to make them easier to access.

Be wary of sharing files and printers if you have an always-on Internet connection. Doing so can make your files vulnerable to outside access. If you do enable sharing, make sure you use password protection, that you don't share the root (C:\) folder of any computer on the network, and that you install and use a strong, commercial firewall.

  Derek 13:32 01 Apr 2007

My dear Fruitbat,
However can I thank you for such an in depth answer. You are very kind. I will print it off and study it, I will then 'have a go.

Again most sincere thanks and my kindest regards Derek Miles.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:30 01 Apr 2007

1. Your welcome

2. Age has nothing to do with using computers, at 77 you would be considered to be a youngster on this forum, there are people here well past your age.

3. Lets us know how you get on and post back if you have any problems.


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