Set up Win XP wireless network in my house

Hi there,

I just bought a new wireless router for my dsl connection so that I can split the connection between multiple computers in my house, and make a home network. I have things set up so that all the computers in my house can associate with my access point network and get online. What I'd like to do now is set things up so that each computer in the house can have shared folders that the other computers can access, and be able to share the printer connected to my desktop with the other computers in the house (i.e. create a LAN).

Can someone walk me through this or point me to a reasonably detailed tutorial on how to do this? I looked around a bit, but wasn't able to find much useful.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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fennyrulesConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Ok, assuming your network works fine this isn't too difficult.

First you need to change the workgroup name on all your computers to the same thing. This is in Control Panel->System Properties->Computer Name->Change. You can call it whatever you like, but it needs to be identical on each machine. Whilst there, also give each PC a unique name you will recognise. Next, goto Network Connections, select your wireless connection, right click and click properties and check that 'File and Printer sharing for Microsoft Networks' is there. If not, click install and go through the wizard (it will be a service). Then, select a folder you want to share, right click to properties and goto the Sharing Tab. You mayget a security warning, dismiss this. Select the check box by 'Share this folder on the network'.  If you want to let other computers edit the files select the 'Allow network users to change my files' checkbox. Only do this if you trust ALL the computers attatched to your network. Printers are very similar in that you select them from the printers folder and set them to shared.

There may be a delay in the shares becoming visible to other PCs on the network due to the way the windows network works. To get instant access try typing "\\<computer name>\<share name>" into the run box on the start menu.

nicholassolutionsAuthor Commented:
Perfect, Thanks!
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