How do I setup a three computer network using one computer running windows xp pro as a file server.

Posted on 2006-03-26
Last Modified: 2013-11-30
How do I setup a three computer network using one computer running windows xp pro as a file server.
Question by:ricanainc

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    How do I setup a three computer network using one computer running windows xp pro as a file server.
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    If you want to setup three computer then you must have following hardware and software.

    1. all system have the Ethernet card.
    2. You must have hub, switch 4 port
    3. You have cat 5 cable
    4. If you want active directory means user rights then you have one server OS like window 2003 server which nice work on client XP

    computer A(XP fire server)----CAt 5 CAble------- - HUB /Switch
                        Computer B --------------------------                  
                        Computer C --------------------------                

    You have to connect each through the hub/swith

    5. You have to assign each computer ip address
    Computer A.
    Computer B
    Computer c

    Make gateway computer A ip

    6. You can also use the wireless LAN card its good for smart network
    7 without Hub

    you have to use cross Cat 5 cable for the connection not streaight cable

                               2LAN b-------cat5 cross-----PC3

    The network cards are given the following IP addresses


    subnet mask: for all three
    Use remote and routing service on pc no 2 for connect pc 1 and 2 here pc 2 is your file server .

    I think this help any querry
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    It's true that you can use a hub or a switch, however hubs and switches do NOT have DHCP servers. Another thing you could do is to have a router which has a DHCP server built in.

    However, the portion on having the XP machine as a "file server", you would simply need to set up file sharing and share out whatever resources you want to share. You'll also want to set up accounts on the machine that match up with the username and password of the users of the other machines in the network. (They have to authenticate to that machine you want to share files)

    If you need connectivity to the internet for all machines, get a router. Do you have broadband? That'll make your life much easier if so in terms of setting up this network of yours.

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