access files across network

Posted on 2012-09-07
Last Modified: 2012-09-07
Help accessing files across network connected wirelessly.
could you do a step 1, step 2, etc in your description
Question by:dgrafx
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    Expert Comment

    Hi, I can guide you in a general sense because will need more information otherwise.

    1.  Locate/figure out what the name of the server/network resource (folders) that you are trying to access
    2.  Make sure you have permission to access the folder(s)
    3.  You can use the 'run' feature and for example you can type:  \\\folder_A and then hit the 'enter' key.  This will bring up the folder give that you have permission to access it.

    Expert Comment

    Go to the computer 1 from which you want to access files.
    Step 1:
    Click on start---search CMD and select cmd
    In the prompt type ipconfig
    This will give you the ipaddress of the computer.
    Note down the ip address
    come to the computer 2 from where you want to access files
    Step 1:
    press win + R key on the keyboard
    and type
    Where xx is the ip address of computer 1
    make sure you type the . dot
    press enter key on the keyboard.

    now the computer 1 is accessible from computer 2

    Note: Make sure you have shared the folder which you ant to access in computer 1.
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    Author Comment

    just discovered the issue is McAfee firewall ...

    anyone know how to allow network connections through McAfee's firewall?
    LVL 24

    Author Comment

    ok - i set the security level to "home" and i can connect now.
    still - what if i didn't want it to set it to home - how would i connect?
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    Accepted Solution

    You'll want the insctructions from:

    and here are the ports to unblock:
    The following ports are associated with file sharing and server message block (SMB) communications:

    Microsoft file sharing SMB: User Datagram Protocol (UDP) ports from 135 through 139 and Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) ports from 135 through 139.

    Direct-hosted SMB traffic without a network basic input/output system (NetBIOS): port 445 (TCP and UPD).
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    Author Closing Comment

    yes - this is where my problem was.

    when i first posted i wanted to start with the basics  just in case something changed in windows 7.
    i realize this may have been misleading as to what the problem was.

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