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Trying to network 2 computers via Netgear router

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I am currently using a Netgear WGR614 wireless router. I've got a desktop cabled directly to it, and a laptop using a wireless connection. Is it possible to share files between the desktop and laptop using just the router? Or would I need a hub/switch?

They're both running Windows XP - Pro on the laptop and Home on the desktop. I ensured that both workgroups had the same name, and different computer names. I also ran the network setup on both machines but I still can't share folders between the two.

I'm assuming that once they see each other, I will be able to turn on printer/file sharing on the desktop and be able to print from my laptop. Is this a correct assumption on my part? [This is actually the main reason why I want to network the two - for printing purposes]

Both machines have 1 user setup as an Administrator.

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You really do not need a hub or a switch to share files between your computers in the network.

From Computer A :

Click Start -- Run -- typein cmd & hit enter
You will get a black screen
Typein ipconfig & hit enter
check for the ip address

similarly check for the ip in the other computer

From Computer A:

on the black screen typein ping ip address of the other computer

if you get 4 reply's the it means that you are able to communicate with the other computer

Please check this website to enable file/printer sharing

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