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Setting up a home network

Q: Setting up a home network

Hi All I have a got a very simple query for the experts here as I am not much into networking field My requirement - Personal web server - some laptops PC I have a router modem that terminates my internet connection and my webserver is connected to it and I network up home a Setting want to use my PCs but don t want to directly connect them to the router ports as there are only ports So I am planning to use a port switch for a LAN among my PCs i e I want to connect the switch to the router Setting up a home network and want to connect all the PCs to the switch I am planning to use a gigabit switch so that my lan network is fast and would use Cat cables or would cat e would be ok for me I reuire good transfer rate among the PCs I just want to know in simple steps what all key configuration I would have to do to setup such a network or if there are any tutorial or site for details about this would be good for me Any suggestions would be gr as I have been trying to get some info about this on net and found this forum useful Cheers Hungry Mind nbsp

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A: Setting up a home network

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modem=====router-----Web Server
| | | |
(x) PC systems

To ensure all PCs see the webserver at the same address (regardless of the boot sequence),
give the webserver a static IP address.
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A:Setting up a new home network

You should be able to connect both to the router (I'd use wires for ease of configuration), and just set the laptop to automatically obtain it's IP and DNS addresses. Add in the File/Print sharing client, and you should be good to go.
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A:setting up a home network

If you start from scratch, this should work. Configure ICS on the one machine that has the Internet connection. We'll consider it the "primary" router for this configuration. Your Linksys router will be the "secondary" router for the configuration. Use the following configuration.

Connecting two SOHO broadband routers together.

Configure the IP address of the secondary router to be in the same subnet as the primary router, but out of the range of the DHCP server in the primary router. For instance DHCP server addresses through, I'd assign the secondary router as it's IP address.

Disable the DHCP server in the secondary router.

Setup the wireless section just the way you would if it was the primary router.

Connect from the primary router's LAN port to one of the LAN ports on the secondary router. If there is no uplink port and neither of the routers have auto-sensing ports, use a cross-over cable. Leave the WAN port unconnected!
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The computers see each other, but when I try to open the files I get a message that says I do not have permissions to open file. Check with administrator for permission. (I am the administrator)
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Hi ok this might sound like a problem that everyone should know how to do it!


I have a pc running xp pro

I have just bought a new laptop running vista home edition

Im trying to network them both together but just can't! When i plug an RJ45 cable between the both of them the computer recognises it! But i can't find either computer anywhere!

Any help would be great thanks


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Both computers are connecting to the internet successfully through the hub. I've run the windows network wizard on both computers. I've named one as computer1 and the other as computer2 and both are on the "workgroup" workgroup.

When i click on "add a network place" in my network places and follow the wizard, i can get as far as "entire network\microsoft windows netwrok\workgroup" when i try to browse to the location when it asks me "what is the address of this network place"

It never seems to find anything under "workgroup". What am i missing?

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Would be grateful for any help

Thanks so much


A:Can I have some help setting up a home network?

Make sure both machines are in the same workgroup. Then you need to share whatever folder it is you are going to be getting the files from.

Then you can hit start-->run-> and type in the IP address of the machine on which the folder is shared.

Make sure you have file and printer sharing turned on in network and sharing center.
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A:setting up a home network

One way is with a 3rd party firewall (internet security) not configured for LAN access.

Perhaps another way is to not have file and printer sharing enabled.
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Dear All,

I have a query--apart from the Homegroup there any other way via which files can be shared between my Win 7 32-bit laptop & Win 8 64-bit desktop?

I am looking for something like-- upon clicking the PC name in the explorer, a window prompting for password will pop up and then upon entering correct password (may be the PC login password), the shared folders will be accessible?

Am sure Homegroup is the easiest solution out there. But I would like to know the other way too.


A:Need help with setting up home network

You can complete a peer to peer share rather than a homegroup if you wish:

Create a folder that you wish to share then follow this tutorial - File Sharing - "Share with" & "Stop Sharing" in Windows 8

To enable password protected sharing make sure you follow this tutorial - Password Protected Sharing - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

Hope This Helps,
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A:Setting up a home network

A PIN as in a password?

Ifso, try:
They're sometimes used as the default password, if you haven't changed it...

I'll look into this some more.

EDIT: Hammer Vs. Linksys WRP400
Hammer wins!
PIN is inside... Maybe
Broken Linksys WRP400

An extra note, try looking in the documentation, again, its very easy to overlook things.
The way people and companies are these days, its most likely in 1 font, so you can't read it.
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A:Help Setting Up Home Network

I figured it out but thanks anyway!
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A:setting up a home network

Go to control panel, internet options, connection, and use the

to setup a network connection wizard.
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A:Setting up a Home Network...HELP!

Well, a second modem wil not work with the first modem at the same time, unless it is setup by the service provider. The best thing to do is to run CAT5e from the router to the new location.
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I have a windows 7 desktop and an XP laptop which I want to link together. I have shared my desktop machines folders by right clicking > properties, creating a shared name and adding the user: Everyone, to my security tabs.

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A:Setting up a home network

Quote: Originally Posted by chricholson

I have a windows 7 desktop and an XP laptop which I want to link together. I have shared my desktop machines folders by right clicking > properties, creating a shared name and adding the user: Everyone, to my security tabs.

However, I share a house and there is a folder I wish to share but only to my laptop, not to the rest of my house. I can't work out a way of recognising the users on my laptop, if I try to add a new user the location is fixed on Chris-PC and if I try to change no other locations appear.

Any help is much appreciated.


Hey chris welcome

really easy dont share that foldere with every one just share it with admin or create a new group called something give it rights and have you be the oonly one in it
Ken J+
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What is the solution; is there one? Or do I need to replace XP with Windows 7 on the PC?

Any advice, grealty appreciated.


A:Help with Setting Up Home Network

you might need to explain more what you are trying to attempt. Are you trying to loginto the computer using rdp or just sharing files?
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A:Help setting up a home network?

Hi Niteldy, and welcome to TSG

Does your router have built-in WiFi support? If not, the easiest way to add a wireless connection would be to replace the router with one that has both wireless and wired support. You could also add a wireless access point to the existing router.
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A:Setting up a home network???


Try setting up a new network.

Run the Home Networking Wizard on your XP machine, then using the XP CD, run it on the Win98SE machine.

Add your Comp names, descriptions and make sure both computers are in the same Workgroup and that the following is installed on both machines:

TCP/IP Protocol
Client software
File and Printing Software

Also install IPX/SPX Protocol (My network has a 98 machines on it and it need that installed)

Also check the network cards are sending and recieving data, check the lights on the cards and the network connection (once you have made them!)

Are they the same network cards and is your crossover cable definatly a crossover cable?

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A:Setting up home network

Your Dad has a 3rd party firewall that needs to be uninstalled or properly configured for LAN access.

Or one of these services is not running:
Computer Browser
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A:Setting Up a Home Network

On each machine run the Network Setup Wizard (can be found in Control Panel). Tell it that computer gets internet from "residential gateway," and enable file and printer sharing. Windows XP firewall will be properly configured by the wizard. You must uninstall or properly configure any 3rd party firewalls. Computers must have unique names but same Workgroup.

The Shared Documents folder will be shared automatically. For any other folder you want to share, right click on it and choose 'sharing ...'. You can optionally give write permission.

To share a printer connected to a computer, go to Printers and Faxes, right click on the printer, and choose 'sharing ...'.

When you first go into My Network Places there will be nothing there. The first time you click on 'View Workgroup computers' will probably result in great disappointment. It takes awhile (20 minutes; even hours) before all the computers in the workgroup get up-to-date and accurate lists of the other computers. Often you can speed up this process via Search for other computers, and a few computer restarts.

On computers that want to use a printer that is on a different machine, when you can see the other computer's shares (shared folders and printers) in My Network Places, right click on the printer and choose "connect ...'.

If you get failure at any step (after allowing some lag time as mentioned above), please tell us exactly what failed and what you were attempting at that time.
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A:Setting up a Home Network

In Control Panel Network & Sharing Center
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A:need help setting up home network!!

yep you need a router - should be able to cinnect your cable modem output into the cable router and then plug both computers into the router - you may need a combined modem/router - need more details make and models of modem PC etc etc
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A:help me with setting up VPN to home network from anywhere

Hi, welcome to the forums

You might want to look at the following tutorials:

Virtual Private Network (VPN) - Enable Incoming VPN Connections

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A:Setting Up A Home Network

Dlink , Linksys or Netgear are all fine.
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A:Need help setting up printer on home network

Hello Reb451 and welcome to the vista forums

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A:Problem setting up a home network

Don't need a CD-ROM

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A:Solved: Setting up a home network

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A:Setting up an Microsoft XP Home Network.

System restore corrected ZA and network changes I made. However I get caught up when I try to map network drive. When I enter the following from my desktop I get an an error message. \\laptop\shared "The folder you entered does not appear to be valid. Please choose another."
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A:Stumped at setting up home network in 10

Originally Posted by trinaz

Had no issues setting up our 3 PC home network in Win Seven Pro...But...can't seem to get past 1st base trying to duplicate this in Win 10.

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Which if any tutorial will help me walk through setting up our home network in Win 10 ? Don't want to use homegroup...have network settings setup to use passwords...etc.

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Thanks...hope this isn't to vague but was really simple in Win 7...stumped in Win 10 ??


Hey Trinaz

Did you have any luck with your issue? I am having the exact same issue as you! The only problem is, I keep fiddling trying to solve the issue and then the one works and the other doesn't, fiddle some more and the other computer can access the other one, but not the other way around! I really hope you have managed to find a solution! I too do not want to use workgroups, and had shared folders working perfectly fine before the automatic updates!
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I would reccomend a Netgear or Linksys router.
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TCP/IP stack repair options for use with Windows XP with SP2.

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here's some basics

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No need to shout..

That 3-in-1 is just buzzwords. AT most you can say you have a 2-in-1 device that supports wifi and ethernet.

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A:Setting up a small home network

meh nobody answered yet

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What is the overall objective for your laptop and desktop?
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Where abouts r u?
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Control Panel, Internet Options, Connections, and check Never dial a connection.
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Here is a pretty complete tutorial on Vista and XP network resource sharing as well as some general tips on network sharing.
Hope it gets you started
Network XP and LAn with generic networking tips,courtesy of Johnwill,Networking Forum..

Here's a place to start: PC Chuck's Windows XP And Vista On The LAN Together
Also, here's some generic networking tips for all networks.

Turn off any firewalls for debugging. If the firewall is the problem, you'll have to configure it to allow access to "trusted zone" addresses. Note that some firewalls must be completely uninstalled to stop them from affecting your networking.

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PING <ip address>
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<computer name> - is the computer name

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Check your Services are Started on all PCs:
&#8226; COM+ Event System (for WZC issues)
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&#8226; Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
&#8226; Server
&#8226; TCP/IP Netbios helper
&#8226; Wireless Zero Configuration (XP wireless configurations)
&#8226; WLAN AutoConfig (Vista wireless configurations)
&#8226; Workstation

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A:I need help setting up home network so I can share a printer

I've just answered this same question, check your firewalls to see if they are blocking anything.
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Reset router to factory default settings. Unplug modem and router. Connect modem to router's WAN (internet, modem) port and connect computer(s) to router LAN port(s). Plug in modem. Plug in router. Boot or Restart computer(s).

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A:problems setting up a XP/Vista home network

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A:HELP NEEDED:Setting up wireless home network

type home group in the start menu search box and click on choose home group and sharing options

**If all computers on your home network are running Windows 7, create a homegroup
By far, the easiest way to set up file and printer sharing on a home network is to create a homegroup. A homegroup links computers on your network so that you can share pictures, music, videos, documents, and printers. You can help protect a homegroup with a password, and you'll always be able to choose what you share with the group. If all of the computers that you want to network are running Windows 7, creating a homegroup is the recommended method.
HomeGroup is available in all editions of Windows 7. In Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic, you can join a homegroup, but you can’t create one.
the guide while you set the home group up explains as you do it. if you use all windows 7 on the machines its easy
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A:Tried setting up home network, now locked out of Adminstrator account

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What is "Input Director"?

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we always need nat.

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A:Windows 7: Can't change setting System Properties > network ID setting

Hi Lewis, welcome to the Seven Forums.

The \\DOMAIN_OR_PC_NAME\USERNAME combination is not erroneous, it's how Windows keeps track of users in your network (even if said network only has one Windows PC).

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