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hi i just want to knw what i need to setup a home network i currently have my broadband connection through a wireless network for use on my laptop but i would like to share files between my laptop and home network, and would also like internent connection on both computers currently my home computer does not have a internet connection.

my home computer is running xp and so is my laptop but i would in the future would like to run a webserver on which i would like to host a website too, so i would like any information if possible how i go about this.

so just to recap i have 1 desktop machine running xp
one laptop running xp with a lan card and wireless ntework card
i also have one wireless router

currently my internet broadband connection is connected to my router and hence can use internet on my laptop through wireless card
my destkop home machine is in another room with no internet connection but it does have netwrok card (not wireless)

i would like to share files between both computers and would like an internet connection on both and would also like to connect one printer to the network.

can i do this using xp and with te current router i have.
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by:sunray_2003
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Either you should have a NIC card in your desktop or PCI card with wireless capability.
Easiest way is to have wireless on your desktop so that you donot have to run through a cable from router to desktop or
place the router near the desktop so that cabling work is minimized and the laptop can anyway get wireless connection ..

A NIC card is not costly atall. depending on your location , you should get one in an electronic or computer shop near you..

Here is an example of what you need to buy to make desktop wireless
http://www.practicallynetworked.com/item.asp?pid=452

Will this work for you ?

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by:Ikram_Bohra
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i would rather have the desktop wired and would also like a wired connection for the laptop as the wirless connection is not reliable keeps breaking up every so often. so a wired connection would be desirable and what about in terms of software operating systems and how to setup is it difficult???
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by:sunray_2003
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OK that is good having both wired connections but also check to see if it would be really hard for you to wire from router to desktop.
Cables are not going to be costly so you can pretty much buy one. If you have distance issue , you can use a repeater so that the signal doesnot get weak.

Technically it should be an easy job doing this.
Just buy a NIC card for your desktop and put it in the PCI slot.
You already have windows xp which is fine
There is no need of any additional software.
Once setting up the NIC card, just run a patch cable from NIC card to one of the ports of the Router.
See if you are connected to the internet, if not  ,restart your desktop and everything should be fine ..

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by:Ikram_Bohra
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what about file sharing between computer and laptop is this automatic
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by:sunray_2003
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Check this

How to configure file sharing in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;304040

http://www.practicallynetworked.com/sharing/xp/filesharing.htm


Follow instructions there

SR
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by:Ikram_Bohra
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i have 2 drive on my pc and would like to make one a network drive instead of sharing files so i could keep all the files i want to share on that how would i do that.
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Just right-click a folder or drive and press Sharing and security
and enable "share this folder"

From the other machine, right-click on MY computer
go to Map network drive
Below the drive letter , give

\\<ip address of the other machine>\<shared folder name>

press Enter and it will ask for the username and password. Give those details and it will be connected in this machine as a network drive

How to connect and disconnect a network drive in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308582&sd=tech

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thakyou you have been very helpful
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