Please help me get started! Want to share files and printer via network

I recently set up a Linksys Wireless Router (via hardwired cat5) to share my DSL connection between two XP PCs.  I now want to enable the file-sharing, printer and hopefully scanner sharing as well through XP's network.

I have tried running the network wizard, but it seems to just run and then nothing happens.  Would someone please walk me through the set up or configuration so I can get this simple network up and running?  And do I need to set up a password so that my network is protected?  If so, please go over that setup as well.

PCs are already connected via cat5 through a Linksys Wireless Router WRT-54G.  There may be a wireless connection via laptop in the future, but that's not the main issue here.

Thanks for the help!
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Jay_Jay70Connect With a Mentor Commented:
here are a few uesful links to get you started, the last one inparticular is awesome for home networking and is owned by fatal_exception from this site

any problems just yell
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Fatal_ExceptionConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Well...  thanks for that Jay!  always welcome any visitors to my site, although I have had little time lately to write any more articles!

Setting up P2P networking is quite easy, but you must understand some simple concepts first.

1)  If you are running XP Pro, then turn off Simple File Sharing
2)  Setup all machines with IDENTICAL user credentials, including username AND passwords
3)  Make sure you have File and Printer Sharing enabled in the TCP Properties
4)  Share your folders and make sure you give appropriate SHARE permissions
5)  On the Security Tab (available when Simple File Sharing is off with XP Pro, or on an XP Home system accessed by the Admin Account in Safe Mode), give the appropriate NTFS permissions.
6)  Access the remote computer using the Run Line or a batch file:  Start > Run > \\computername (or IPAddress)\sharename
7)  Oh, and don't forget the Firewall!  Make exceptions, or turn it off!

If you want to make it easy, setup your systems using Static Addressing (turn off DHCP on your router), and access using only the IPAddress.  Or, create an entry in the Host file for the computername / IPAddress..

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OH, Scanner sharing is a real PAIN!  Always had trouble with this, so focus on just File and Printer Sharing for the time being!
hey chris, what's your status?  plz respond for further assistance.
chrisyanoAuthor Commented:
Sorry, was away from my PC for a while.  I'm now trying to work through your suggestions.
chrisyanoAuthor Commented:
Please forgive the long absence, but I want to make sure you all get points once I sort this out.  Hopefully by tomorrow...
Very good..  hope we helped in some small way!
chrisyanoAuthor Commented:
Thanks you guys.  I didn't have time to sort it all out just yet but wanted to make sure you got the points.  I'm quite sure your links will get me through--otherwise I'll post another question.

Thanks again and I apologize for the delay.
good luck and thanks
Ditto, again!  :)
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