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Networking Questions and Answers - How to Network Computers Through a Wireless Router

Bryan writes in with a networking question
Question:I have three computers in my home, each in different rooms and floor levels. I bought a wireless router. Can I access these computers and operate them using the main computer that is connected the router? Is the router only used for connecting these computers to the internet, simultaneously?

Answer: You should be able to access the computers shared files and printers through your wireless router since it acts like a switch as well. You will need to make sure you have the Client for Microsoft Networks installed for your network adapter which is usually installed by default. You can check by right clicking your Local Area Connection icon and choosing Properties and make sure its in the list.

Another thing to make sure of is that all the computers are part of the same Workgroup. This can be checked by right clicking My Computer and choosing Properties and then the Computer Name tab. If they are not in the same Workgroup then pick a Workgroup name and change them so they are all the same.

Next you would share any files or printers that you want the other computers to be able to see.

Since your computers are all on the same router its safe to assume they are getting their IP addresses via DHCP from the router and will all be on the same subnet.

One thing to watch for which causes problems for many people is user accounts and permissions. To make things easy I would make a user account and password that is the same on all computers that you use to log in with. That way you wont have to deal with as many permission issues.

 



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