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Sharing files over a Meraki Network

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I have a small business with computers in 2 different buildings.  My internet is satallite by Hughesnet.  The modem is in one building connected to a switch that has 4 computers hardwired to it.  The 4 computers are networked together and can share files.  In order to get the internet to the other building I am using Meraki equipement.  I have an outdoor repeater on the main building and that is hardwired to the switch with the modem.  Then there is another outdoor repeater on the other building along with indoor repeaters inside the building.  The internet works great all around. I am wondering if it is possible to network with a computer wirelessly in the other building with a hardwired computer in the main building.
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Yes, if they are on the same network using the internet, then they can share files.

The wireless is the same as the wired connections so if you're bridging with the Meraki hardware then the sharing should be transparent between the building-to-building link.

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Thanks for your response.
On the same network...does that mean the IP addresses have to be similar.  For example, my hard wired computers IP starts with 192.168.0.xx and I believe the wireless computers start with 10.x.x.x
What do you mean by bridging?
I've tried setting up the network using the same SSID and following the windows wizards but I have had no luck.
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On the same network, as in no firewalls between them. Technically there are two ways to seperate the two buildings. 1) bridge [layer 2] and the IP address range would most likely be the same for both buildings. 2) Route [layer 3] and then you would have two sets of IP addresses. If there is some reason that there is a firewall between the two networks, then they won't see each other directly. (Not likely)

From your description it sounds like you have the second option.

Ttry pinging from one PC to another. If they're windows PCs, click START/RUN type in CMD [or COMMAND on Win98 or older] and click OK. A black box should appear with some text [a command prompt ending in >  ]

At the command prompt you can use  IPCONFIG<enter> to find the current address of a PC. Do that at one building, then go to the other and do the same. Write down the IP address at each site. While still at the second site at the command prompt type in       PING a.b.c.d         where a.b.c.d is the IP address of the PC at the other building. If you get 4 replies then you can share files. If you don't then there is probably a firewall somewhere. That doesn't mean you can't share just that its going to be harder.

Most likely you will have to share by IP instead of name. If you do a search for a computer. Windows START/SEARCH/Computers or People/A Computer on the Network  and then put in the IP address in the search box you should be able to see that other computer appear in the results window.

Since you have set up sharing on a computer at the other end of the link, you should be able to see the share with you double-click the IP in the results window. Make sure the computer you get the IP from is the one with the shares turned on.

dh

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