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How to Create a PC Network Workgroup

A workgroup is nothing more than a collection of computers on a network. By isolating larger networks into workgroups, you can more easily access other computers. Your computer must belong to a workgroup [more…]

How to Access a Wireless Network on Your PC

Wireless networking is all the rage. As long as your PC is equipped with a wireless networking adapter and a broadcast-networking signal is available, you too can do the wireless networking thing. Follow [more…]

How to Access Another Computer's Disk Drives from Your Laptop

You can use your laptop to access another computer's disk drives over a network. To be more specific, however, you don't really access the entire disk drive. No, only specific folders on the drive are [more…]

How to Find Your Laptop’s MAC Address in Windows Vista

If you access WiFi networks from your laptop, these networks may sometimes want to know your laptop’s MAC Address. Some wireless networks restrict access to only those computers they know. The MAC Address [more…]

How to Access Your Desktop PC from Your Laptop with Remote Desktop

You can access your desktop PC from your laptop with Remote Desktop. Remote Desktop allows you to work on your laptop as if it were your desktop computer. To access a remote computer from your laptop, [more…]

How to Find Other Computers on a Network

After you’ve connected your laptop to a network and the software connections are made, the next thing to do is browse to find out which other computers are connected to the network. You can view not only [more…]

How to Connect Your Laptop to a Router

Very often, a device called a router sits between the DSL or cable modem and your laptop or the rest of the network. The router (rhymes with chowder) is designed to provide an interface between the Internet [more…]

How to Set up a WiFi Router to Use with Your Laptop

In general, the process of installing a WiFi device to use with your laptop begins by connecting the router to the same computer that is attached to your broadband modem [more…]

How to Configure Your Laptop for a Remote Desktop Connection

With Windows Vista, it’s amazingly easy to set up the Remote Desktop feature so that you can work between your laptop and desktop computers. Keep in mind that you should use Remote Desktop only in a secure [more…]

How to Connect to a Peer-to-Peer Workgroup

Connect your PC to a peer-to-peer workgroup so that you can communicate with other computers. Peer-to-peer workgroups are typically found in small or home offices. [more…]

How to Share Your Laptop’s Internet Access with Another PC

You can share your Internet access by connecting your laptop with a non-wireless computer. First, you need to connect your laptop with the other computer by using a standard Ethernet cable. [more…]

How to Synchronize Files between Your Laptop and Your Desktop PC

When you return from traveling with your laptop and modified files, you can use Windows Briefcase’s synchronizing feature to ensure that those files you modified on your laptop are now modified on the [more…]

How to Find Your Laptop’s MAC Address in Windows XP

If you access WiFi networks from your laptop, these networks may sometimes want to know your laptop’s MAC Address. Some wireless networks restrict access to only those computers they know, so the network [more…]

How to Make a Wireless Network Connection

When you have your wireless network in place and your PC ready, you can easily make the wireless connection between the two. Microsoft recommends that your wireless base station or WAP broadcast the SSID [more…]

How to Find an Available Wireless Network in Windows Vista

To use an available wireless network, your PC must have a wireless networking card. The first step is to find an available wireless network. The second step is to connect to the wireless network. [more…]

How to Upgrade Your Laptop for WiFi

Nearly all current laptops come equipped with built-in facilities for WiFi communication. Even if your laptop doesn’t have the latest technology, you can upgrade it for WiFi. [more…]

How to Build a Wireless Network for Your Laptop

The process of putting together a wireless network is mostly a matter of configuring devices to work with your laptop. There are, by definition, no wires that need to be strung along the floor or through [more…]

How to Upgrade and Enhance Your Laptop’s WiFi Capabilities

A laptop with the latest and greatest WiFi equipment will communicate no faster or better than the router or wireless access point’s top speed. Here are some things you can purchase to boost your wireless [more…]

How to Connect Your Laptop to an Unknown SSID in Windows XP

For security reasons, some wireless networks don’t broadcast their SSIDs. A wireless network not broadcasting its SSID doesn’t show up in your list of networks. [more…]

Securing a Wireless Network on Your Laptop

If you set up a wireless network on your laptop, you need to make it secure. You don’t want anyone within reach of your wireless signal to be able to use the network, or worse, eavesdrop on the electronic [more…]

What to Do When You Can’t Connect to Your Wireless Network

Connecting to a network wirelessly can be as simple as turning on your laptop and tuning in to the WiFi signal, but it can also be very frustrating if the conditions aren't right or the settings are improper [more…]

How to Access Network Printers from Your Laptop

Printers can be connected to other computers on the network, or they can dwell on the network directly. Either way, after your laptop is on the network, it can access those other computers. [more…]

How to Install Wireless PC Network Hardware

All manufacturers of wireless adapter cards (for desktops) and wireless PC Cards (for laptops) include their own installation and setup programs — which also create the necessary wireless connection automatically [more…]

How to Disconnect the Wireless Connection from Your Laptop

When you want to disconnect your laptop from a wireless connection, you can do so using the hardware or the software. The choice as to how you disconnect your laptop from the wireless connection is yours [more…]

How to Dial Out with Your Laptop on the Road

When you’re away from your broadband connection, you can dial out using your laptop’s modem. But before you can dial out, you must create a dialing location in Windows. [more…]

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