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Connect both computer and laptop through wireless network?

fizsparky

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Would it be possble to use my wireless router network so that I am able to access my laptop and computer files from either machine.

Currently, my computer has the router connected and the laptop has a wireless adaptor, but usually I keep all my files on the computer. Can I configure the router or do something that will allow me to access my files on the computer?

Any help would be widely appreciated.

Regards, Fizsparky ;)
 
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you dont need to do anything to the router. Just make sure that both machines are on the same workgroup (press the windows key and pause/break together and look at computer name).

The you just need to set up some shared directories on either machine, or go to start - run - <your other computers name>\c$ and you will get access.
 

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Yip the easiest thing to do is map a drive.

you can do it two ways

from the run prompt type "\\xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx\C$" without the quotes xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx is your IP and you can change the C to whatever drive you want to look at.

It will ask for your username and password and that is the same as the un and pw for the PC you are connecting to.

You can also do it from Windows explorer by selecting tools and Map Network Drive and use the same "\\xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx\C$" as above.

It will then show up as an extra drive in Windows Explorer.
 
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Be aware that if you have XP SP2/SP3 installed or Vista then file and print sharing is switched off by default.

On the computer your wish to share the file on, right click on the folder you wish to share in explorer and select Sharing (or properties and then the sharing tab). It will take you through the wizard to enable sharing.

Also if you have a firewall, make sure that you allow file/print sharing in there as well.
 

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It does not matter if its not on the same workgroup.

The machine I use, is on a Domian, and my server is on a workgroup. Mapping Bypasses that.
 
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but he isnt on a domain.

Workgroups are used for peer to peer networks, which is exactly what he is trying to do.
 

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It's not on the same workgroup, how do I put it on the same workgroup?
You can supply the username and password of a user on the computer 'hosting' the share when you do your mapping. From cmd prompt on computer without the share enter the following,

net use x: \\<compname>\<sharename> <password> /u:<userid>

Where userid and password are for a local user on the computer with the data.


If you mapping across domains (unlikely at home) and you wish to use domain ID instead of local ID,

net use x: \\<compname>\<sharename> <password> /u:<domain>\<userid>
 

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This is what I did, but nothing happened.

Map Network Drive > Drive (what do I put there?) > Folder (is that where I put my ip followed by drive name).

That's what I did but nothing happened!
 

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Also have you shared the folder out on the other computer. When you look at it in explorer it should have changed the icon for the folder to a folder being held by a hand

Don't ask me why microsoft chose that
 

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but he isnt on a domain.

Workgroups are used for peer to peer networks, which is exactly what he is trying to do.
It does not matter, whether the PC is in different domains or workgroups mapping does not care.

For example, my Laptop is on a Domain, the Wifes Laptop is on a different Domian. My Server is on a Workgroup. I share files between them all by mapping. So whether is ptp or not is does not matter.

All he wants to do is get access to files on a different machine.

Also have you shared the folder out on the other computer. When you look at it in explorer it should have changed the icon for the folder to a folder being held by a hand

Don't ask me why microsoft chose that
You dont need to share folders when you map
 

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Can I just ask, when you map it, what do you put in the folder section? It has two parts, ones the drive and the folder.
 

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It does not matter, whether the PC is in different domains or workgroups mapping does not care.

For example, my Laptop is on a Domain, the Wifes Laptop is on a different Domian. My Server is on a Workgroup. I share files between them all by mapping. So whether is ptp or not is does not matter.

All he wants to do is get access to files on a different machine.



You dont need to share folders when you map
Unless you are mapping to the root share (c$, d$, etc) then you will to share out the folder. Its upto OP what level of sharing and security they what to use.

BTW, the default share level permissions in Vista and W2K3 server is read only even for admins.
 

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exactly, so he will need to use a workgroup - he is not using a server.
It does not matter if he is Mapping.

If you use the windows share feature yes....but mapping NO!!!!!!!!