How To Put Together A Good Home Network (Part 4)

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Step 7 - Workgroups and File Sharing

In order for computers to share content over a network, they need to be part of the same workgroup. By default, Windows 7 calls this 'WORKGROUP' whereas Windows XP defaults to 'MSHOME'. When mixing and matching a network among PCs with different operating systems, this is one of the most common reasons you run into trouble. Joining another Workgroup requires a restart but takes seconds - right click on 'Computer' and simply type in the name you want to join. Each PC in your network also needs to have its own discrete computer name. By default Windows names your PC after your username, so if your name is 'Mike' and you own three PCs, each of which uses a username of 'Mike', unless you changed it during setup, all three will be called 'MIKE-PC'. You should therefore allocate your devices a descriptive name that allows you to identify which machine is which.

Description: Workgroups

Configuring file sharing and access differs slightly depending on your operating system. If all the PCs on your network are using the same OS, the ease of setup is greatly improved. If you have a mixture of XP, Linux and Windows 7 boxes, on the other hand, you're in for a rougher ride, because different protocols must be configured on each to allow universal access. When setting up a network, you should ensure that all the PCs on your network have a proper login and password to access the system. We know it's convenient to have a PC leap straight into Windows after powering up, especially if you're the sole user, but unless you're using a system that isn't connected to a network it's going to limit your options. You cannot, for example, use remote desktop on a PC unless it has both a username and password configured. Windows 7 based machines also require that you know the username and password of a PC in order to share the files on that system by default. If you wish, you only need to enter these credentials once and the PC will remember them the next time.

Setting up which folders to share on a Windows-based machine is easy. You right-click on the folder, click 'Properties' and then go to the sharing section. You then choose who you want to share the folder with, or if you want to share  it with everyone, go to the advanced sharing settings and tick the 'Share this folder' setting.

When accessing the network from another device, the shared folder should now appear. Windows 7 makes it even easier to share multimedia files by sharing these files using the Windows Media Player sharing functionality.

If you only want to share multimedia files and documents, the Windows 7 Homegroup is an easy and secure way to do this. It allows you to automatically share pictures, music, videos and documents with other systems on your network. It provides a password, which you then populate across systems you want to have access, which can either be manually assigned or auto-generated by the OS. This allows you to easily share files among your own system, but not necessarily share the files with guests who just want access to your wi-fi for web access.

We hope you found our home networking guide useful. Check out our step-by-step guide to network configuration and troubleshooting for more detailed help!

Description: Workgroups And File Sharing

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TPLink 200Mbps Powerline Adaptors can be snapped up for just £32.99 a pair. These devices (model number TL-PA211 Kl) are a great buy if you need to connect a single network-connected device that sits at the other end of your property to the router.

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