How do I setup a home LAN with my Linksys Router?

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by M. B., Feb 25, 2004.

  1. M. B.

    M. B. Guest

    Here is my situation:

    My DESKTOP machine is running Windows XP Pro SP1 with the Linksys WRT54G
    router. I have a LAPTOP that is running Windows 2000, and I would like to
    allow it to "connect" to my DESKTOP so that I can copy some files from it
    onto my DESKTOP machine.

    How do I do this?

    The LAPTOP has a wireless card and I already have it setup to access the
    internet without any problems.
    M. B., Feb 25, 2004
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  2. i have the exact same setup. it was a while ago so i dont remember the
    exact sequence of steps but i got it working in the end and was not as
    difficult as it at first appeared.

    1) join each computer to a workgroup--the default workgroup name is
    "workgroup"--and give each computer a name that you can remember
    2) open "windows exporer" on your laptop. find a folder you want to share
    and using the right mouse button choose "sharing options" and enable sharing
    3) on your dektop, go to "my network places," and you now should be able to
    see the new folders

    the above is the goal. there are various ways of getting there. you can
    use the network wizard. or i believe the network identification tab in the
    system folder of the control panel. the important thing for a small network
    like yours/ mine is that you join each computer to a "workgroup" not a

    for security reasons you should choose names for your computers that are not
    too obvious. and at some point--perhaps after you're sure its working--you
    should change the name of the workgroup also. to change either the computer
    name, or the worgroup name, use the network identification tab in the system
    folder of the control panel.

    i'm no expert, but this worked for me. try it out for yourself at your own

    max schuelein, Feb 25, 2004
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