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    Wireless File & Printer Sharing

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      Wireless File & Printer Sharing

      Hi,

      I will shortly being signing up to Sky Broadband after finally getting fed up with the poor service of Orange and was wondering something.

      Will I be able to use the Netgear Router to share files and my printer between my desktop and laptop?

      My printer is USB connected to the desktop and I would like to be able to print from the laptop too. I would also like to be able to share files both ways between the desktop and laptop. I do understand that I would need to have the desktop switched on in order to print from the laptop as i don't believe it is possible to connect the printer directly to the router.

      I will be able to connect the desktop by either ethernet cable or wireless if this makes a difference.

      I previously had the desktop connected to the modem and shared the internet connection (and files and printer) with the laptop, but now that the laptop's wireless card will be connecting directly to the router rather than the desktop, I don't know how to share the files and printer.

      Alternatively, will I still be able to share the internet connection through the desktop and not connect the laptop to the wireless router at all?

      Thanks for your help.

      Andrew.


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      Yes that will work. When you connect up the laptop to the network after either installing a wireless card or using a network cable between the laptop and router just run the network setup wizard in windows xp.

      When you don't want the laptop connecting to the network you will be able manually disable it through network connections.
      Edit: I think i know what your trying to say. When you have the router from then on in, you'll ONLY be able to use the internet/network via the router, you can't share the internet connection of the desktop with the laptop as it no longer controls the network that's the job of the router now.

      If you have any issues when comes to setting up, just post here and I'm sure someone will be around that can help

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      Hi hinz,

      Thanks for the quick response.

      I know I'm a long way off from getting the router, but I am just planning ahead.

      I have had an Orange livebox for a short while (connection lasted a total of six days in the last seven weeks before finally binning them yesterday) and never could work out how to share files using it. I quickly estabalished that I wouldn't be able to share the internet connection from the desktop to the laptop (but was never quite sure why!).

      I tried using the network setup wizard to share the files and printer with no luck and just gave up in the end.

      I guess what I really need is an idiot guide to setting it up!

      Cheers,

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      I've had my fair share of problems with networking pcs and most of time i've found the software firewall is to blame, and it blocks communication between PCs and other networked devices.

      What firewall are you running> And have you enabled the correct ports?

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      Hi again hinz,

      It's probably best for me to put this conversation on hold until I actually a router! No point trying to solve an issue I don't yet have!!

      For the record, I have Norton Internet Securty 2006 so whatever the firewall is which comes with that. I have no idea how to enable a port or even which ports should be enabled. I have a vague idea of what a port is though :-)

      Thanks again.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Andrew View Post
      Hi hinz,

      I guess what I really need is an idiot guide to setting it up!

      Cheers,

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      Quote Originally Posted by LNB View Post
      I am an idiot, so I will see what I can do!

      Thanks LNB! I'll look forward to it

      I guess from your sig that you're a fellow escapee from the orange beast!

      Here's hoping that Sky can provide a better service than them.

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      Many thanks again for the offer of an idiot guide, but I've managed to do it now that the router has arrived.

      I can't believe how easy it was. The trouble was, I had a livebox from Orange before, and I couldn't get that to share files (but then it is a pile of cr*p). The netgear router is so much better!

      Activation day tomorrow, so fingers crossed!!

      Andrew.

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      I'm also trying to set up file and printer sharing, but it is proving not to be straigh forwards. I think the problem is that one PC is running XP and the other Windows 98 SE. I've tried to use the Windows XP wireless netwrok wizard and create a wireless setup disc, but when I run it on Win98SE it says thatit cannot automatically configure the netwrok settings on this version of windows, and that I will have to enter the details manually. The trouble is that I can't find anywhere to put them. I've tried looking on Google for info but to no avail. I'm using a Belkin Wireless G USB adapter on the win98SE machine, and the XP one is plugged directly into the router using an eithernet cable. Any ideas as to how to get it to work?

     

     
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