Sharing Printers and Files over a private network
File and printer sharing is fairly simple and since you have a wireless
network set up, you are already half-way there. The good news is, everything
you need is built into Windows - all you have to do is set it up.
However there are one or two pitfalls:
- File and printer sharing needs to be turned on.
- Firewall software such as Norton Internet security or ZoneAlarm need to be
told not to block the connection. Don't be tempted to just turn these off as
you will leave yourself open to all kinds of internet nastiness.
- You need to be logged in as an administrator to be able to do some of the
things described below.
Sharing, whether we're talking about printers or files, involves creation of
a share on one computer, and connection to that share on another. The
principle is the same for both files and printers.
When you create a share, you give it a name which is used along with the
computer's name to access it. The computer likes to see the name as follows:
– (Where chicagotech is the
computer name, ms-mvps is the shared folder name).
Firstly to share your
Secondly to share out
Turning on Sharing:
Unblocking local network connections:
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