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How to Access Shared Folders in Windows

Finding and using shared folders on the network happens either from Windows Explorer or within an Open or Save As dialog box. The methods for accessing a shared folder differ between Windows 7 and Vista [more…]

How to Stop Sharing a Folder in Windows 7 and Windows Vista

Windows allows you to share folders between users on your local area network, but there may come a time when you want to or need to stop sharing a folder. Setting up a folder to share is a simple process [more…]

How to Stop Sharing a Folder in Windows XP

Windows allows you to share folders between users on your local area network, but there may come a time when you want to or need to stop sharing a folder. Setting up a folder to share is a simple process [more…]

How to Check Network Privacy in Windows Vista

Windows Vista doesn’t let you create just any old peer-to-peer workgroup. Nope, it lets you configure a workgroup to be either public or private. That may seem like a silly choice, but it’s not: A public [more…]

Troubleshoot PCs and Printers Missing from Your Network

Perhaps the biggest problem with a peer-to-peer network is finding that a computer or printer has suddenly gone missing. Here are some things to check for finding wayward network PCs and printers. [more…]

How to Allow Local Traffic through a Windows XP Firewall

Perhaps the number-one reason why computers don’t communicate with each other on a peer-to-peer Windows network is a software firewall. The firewall can prevent your PC from accessing other computers, [more…]

How to Allow Local Traffic through Windows 7 or Vista Firewalls

Perhaps the number-one reason why computers don’t communicate with each other on a peer-to-peer Windows network is a software firewall. The firewall can prevent your PC from accessing other computers, [more…]

How to Access Multiple Networks from a Windows PC

Windows features a Bridge Connections command, which allows you to access two separate networks on a single PC. For example, if you have a laptop computer with both wired and wireless connections [more…]

How to Know if Someone is Network-Connected to Your PC

How do you find out who else on the network is using your PC? Which other computers on the local network are peeking into your folders? You may not know, but your computer does. Want to know the answer [more…]

How to Find the 802.11 Version of a Wireless NIC

In order to connect your computers wirelessly, all the gizmos on your wireless network must adhere to the 802.11 wireless networking standard. The standard has gone through released four [more…]

What You Need to Know about Peer-to-Peer Networking

Peer-to-peer networking is composed of two parts: the hardware, and the software. Networking is about communications and the sharing of resources. Networking is about the desire to move information from [more…]

How to Put a Printer on a Windows7 or Vista Network

A network printer is any printer “up for grabs” on the network. Officially, it’s a shared printer. It can be a printer connected to a PC on the network or, it can be a printer directly connected to the [more…]

How to Put a Printer on a Windows XP Network

A network printer is any printer “up for grabs” on the network. Officially, it’s a shared printer. It can be a printer connected to a PC on the network, where the computer operator has elected to share [more…]

How to Ping the Windows Network Router

The first test you need to make for a router is to pingit, or send it a signal that proves not only that the router is there but also that your computer is connected to the router and that all communications [more…]

How to Add Ethernet Ports to the Network

Soon you may discover that you need more ports on your router to plug in your Ethernet cables to the Network. Plugged in is your computer, another computer, perhaps a network hard drive, a printer, and [more…]

How to Check Network Interface Card (NIC) Status Using Windows 7 or Vista

Whether the network interface card (NIC) is part of your PC’s motherboard circuitry or attached as an expansion card, you can inspect its status by using the Device Manager in Windows 7 and Windows Vista [more…]

How to Check the Network Interface Card (NIC) Status in Windows XP

Whether your network interface card (NIC) is part of your PC’s motherboard circuitry or attached as an expansion card, you can inspect its status by using the Device Manager in Windows XP. [more…]

How to Enable File and Printer Sharing (Windows XP)

Before you can share your files or your printer with other network users, you must set up a Windows File and Printer Sharing feature. Without this feature installed, your computer can be a network client [more…]

How to Enable File and Printer Sharing (Windows Vista)

Your computer acts as a server that shares files and printers. Here, you find out how to enable file and printer sharing in Windows Vista. Follow these steps: [more…]

Network Connection Configuration: Windows XP

When running Windows XP on a networked machine, you need to configure your network connection. The following steps show how to configure your network connection on a Windows XP system: [more…]

Network Connection Configuration: Windows Vista

The procedure for configuring a network connection on Windows Vista is similar to the procedure for Windows XP, except that Microsoft decided to bury the configuration dialog boxes a little deeper in the [more…]

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