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vinny_the_hack

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I have a wireless router cabled to my desktop. My daughter's laptop is connected wirelessly to the router. Is there a way for our computers to share files, etc. without my having to buy a wireless adaptor? If so, how? Thanks ahead of time.
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Give This tutorial by SpaceCowboy706 a read, it's got just about everything you'd need to know.

since you're both connected to the same router, it's as if you're both connected via ethernet. the wireless is partially irrelevant

one thing that might be helpful for file sharing would be to get a NAS (network attached storage) device. it's basically a hard drive with a network cable. you can plug it directly into your router and store files there for easy access, you can also set granular permissions on those files (on most NAS devices) so that you can keep some stuff private (like tax info etc..). some NAS devices even have built in print servers so you can hook a printer up and share it that way. in my opinion going with an advanced home NAS device is a lot easier than dealing with a workgroup style network
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Thanks for your response.

I may never need to share anything--I just thought why not set it up just in case. I certainly don't need to spend the kind of money that buys hundreds of gigs of storage of a NAS device, although I do see your point.

After I posted my question, I did happen to go and read the doc you mentioned. Unfortunately, I have issues. Near the start, after properties of the LAN is clicked on, the doc does not say which item in the list should be clicked/highlighted. My gut tells me I should click on 'File and Printer Sharing", but in the doc, it appears that 'TCP/IP" is highlighted.

Even when I click on File and Printer Sharing" first, then "Install", highlight "Service" and then click on 'Add", I do not get the option "File and Printer Sharing" as in the doc. I only get the one option that says "Service Advertising Protocol".

Having failed trying that route, in the Network Connections function, I clicked on "Set up a home or small office network". After a couple of clicks, it says "The wizard found a shared Internet connection on the computer 'Unknown Internet Connection Sharing Device'". Followed by "Do you want to use this connection..."

I didn't like the sound of the message because I don't understand what a LAN has to do with the Internet and I didn't want to proceed with something that might jeopardize my existing network or Internet setup.

At this point, I have no idea how to proceed.
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