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Can 2 Computers Share A Dsl Connection W/o A Router?

Question: Can 2 Computers Share A Dsl Connection W/o A Router?

Can 2 Computers Share A Dsl Connection W/o A Router? (both Xp)

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I need some serious help. I am trying to set up a home network with 4 windows xp computers using one cable modem for the internet connection. I have a dsl/cable router with enough ports I just seem to be getting more confused as I go. Is there a step by step guide for doing this? Thanks for any suggestions.

Answer:one router, one cable modem and 4 computers to share the connection..cant figure out

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Ive just brought a trust 445A speedlink modem/router (4 ports)so that I could network two computers together both running xphome.I've had no problems getting both to connect to the internet. But getting the two computers to see each other has been a different matter all together.I've managed to get one to see the other, but when I try to connect it tells me that I don't have permission and see my administer (me) and the other one doesn't see at all?I have disabled both firewalls, and also giving perimission for both hard drives to share (I know that a bit silly but!)where do I go from here?I've tried the search but to no avail, if I remember rightly gaz25 (I think that was his name) actualy posted a dummies guide to setting up a home network, but try has I might I can't locate it at all.

Answer:network/router, computers won't see or share?

Are you sure you have disabled all firewalls? Including the ICF within XP?Have you given the home network group the same name on both machines?Try rebooting both machines.

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OK herse the deal.;.

I have two computers, and i have a broadband blaster dsl modem connected to my DSL service which I get through AOL.

I have a BEFSR41 version 2 LINKSYS Etherfast Cable/DSL Router. (all update on firmware).

Ok, here is how everythin is connected....

My DSL MODEM is connected to a jack in the wall by an RJ cable, and is also connected to the LINKSYS router in the WAN port by a CAT-5 cable. My two computers and directly connected to the LINKSYS router, taking up 2 of the 4 available LAN ports (using CAT-5 cables). My AOL is set to sign on thrugh TCP/IP since I have a router. I can get on AOL DSL great, now heres the problem. I just finished setting up the other computers thats connected, and when I go to internet explorer i get no internet. On the router, the lights are on and it shows the connection is there.

I want to be able to go on one computer on the internet through internet explorer, as long as the other one is signed on AOL DSL.

I don't want it to be so that each computer has to individually sign on AOL to use internet.

Answer:AOL DSL, two computers, one linksys router, share?

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I have my main computer connected to sbc dsl running windows XP. I have two other computers.....1 with windows 98 and the other with windows 98se. I want to be able to share the dsl connection with these other computers.....what do I need to make this happen? By the way my dsl modem is an old speedstream external usb. Any help would be greatly appreciated

Answer:want to share dsl connection with 3 computers

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First of all, hello to all and thanks for having this site to help people.

I have glanced around trying to see if my Q has already been answered but am finding myself so technologically challenged (dumb maybe! ) that I don't even understand a lot of the terms being used. So here is my question if anyone can help.

I have Cricket Internet. With this company you buy the little plug-in broadband modem. They want $120+ per modem (although some of their advertisement deceitfully implies you can get a new modem for $34- when I went to buy another one for the second computer we've gotten the guy said "Oh no, it's $120+ for the modem and thirty-four dollars per month to use it." )
So anyway, I was wondering if anyone can tell me how I can have both my computers sharing the Cricket connection while only having one plug-in modem? Somebody said something about a router . . . . .and then it was all Greek to me. We actually have 2 desktops and one old laptop, (almost forgot about it), and ideally I would like to have them all on the Cricket Internet without the expense of buying 2 more modems and having the additional $34 x 2 added to my monthly bill.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:Can both computers share Cricket connection?

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Hello, I recently bought a new laptop and i'm having problem connecting to the internet on both of them, Everytime I try to connect on both only one of them can connect while the other has "limited or no connectivity".
My router is not damaged, My cable is not damaged...So I think it has something to do with software or authentication or something like that...
Please help me

Answer:Solved: How can I share a connection over 2 computers?

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Hey ^.^

I'm currently on an ADSL plan with a Siemens Speedstream 4200 modem.

I have my main computer connected to the internet at the moment but I'd like to connect an additional computer and my laptop. would I go about getting the internet to 2 PCs and a laptop at the same time?
What device would be best? And what do I look for in buying one?

My original thought was:
modem-->4 port router-->PCs and laptop

But apparently I can go:
modem-->4 port switch-->PCs and laptop?

Thanks ^^

Answer:How to share the internet connection between multiple computers?

The Speedstream 4200 is a router, so all you need is an inexpensive Ethernet switch. If you told us what country you're in, we could probably point you in the right direction. In the US, you can have a switch for $10-15.

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Right simple set up..2 computers in the house, one currently with broadband, hence now!
I want both of them to be connected to broadband and I know that Ill obviously have to upgrade my service with my provider.
This will require a router, but one thing, will I need to network the computers. I dont want to do this at all, Id prefer having 2 completely separate pcs like it is now.
Thanks for any help!

Answer:To share an internet connection, do I have to network the computers?

You can either upgrade your connection e.g. get a separate connection from your ISP or network your computers. No need to do both.

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Alright, we plan on getting a 1.5Mbps DSL connection, stepping up from dialup, and we have 2 computers, mine and the family computer. We would want the internet connection to both of them, without alot of hassle, and I don't wanna have to rent equipment. What equipment would I need, would I need to set up any special settings on my computer to get it working? Would wired or wireless be a better decision? Please help me out!

Answer:I'm a COMPLETE networking n00b, want to share DSL connection between 2 computers.

buy a router and plug the modem into the input port and both of the pcs into the output ports...its as easy as that

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This question is basically for my sister. She moved out recently and her and her roommate would like to share a printer and become part of the same workgroup so they can view eachother's shared folders. I did that here at home with the wired connections but I'm not sure if anything changes when it's through a wireless connection.

Answer:Can I Join A Workgroup (& Share a Printer) w/ Other Computers w/ a WiFi Connection?

no just the same

my network here is totally wireless...I have a printer shared off my great

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Hello all,

Okay hear is the problem that I am faced with... I have a Virgin Mobile MC760 3G broadband device, I want to share that 3G internet connection with my D-Link DIR-615 router so that I can connect to the 3G over WiFi on my other devices.

The host computer that the 3G device would be plugged into is running Windows XP version 2002 Service Pack 2.

I realize that they do sell 3G routers but I would like to use the D-Link DIR-615 that I already have to avoid buying another router. I also realize that it may be easier to share the connection by creating a wireless network on the host computer and then enable internet sharing, I don't want to do this I need to share the connection through the router.

I don't know if it is possible to do this but any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Is it possible to share a 3G connection through a router?

You will need a second network card on the PC so that you can connect it to the router and use Internet Connection Sharing.

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I know that 1-way internet via satellite only has download and needs an upload source...If I have a broadband 128k connection (to be used as the upload source) and lets say, a 1mb connection via can I connect them both at the same time to the router, knowing that the router only has 1 port for the internet cable to be plugged-in?

Any help is much appreciated...

Answer:How can I share an Internet Via Sat (1-way) connection on several pcs? (router)

I don't know how you'd use a standard broadband router for this task. My guess is that you'll need to consider either ICS and a host Windows system, or perhaps a Linux rig of some sort. Since you have some sort of broadband, why not just increase the speed of that service and forget about the satellite connection?

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I have two PC one XP and one 7. At first they were working. but after reinstalling windows 7. It suddenly won't work.

The strange thing is that I didn't change the router settings and that my drivers are working fine.

Is it possible that the ISP change their setting and decided not to allow internet sharing anymore?

When I tried ping or tracert, it says request unreachable. But when I directly connect the modem to the LAN card, internet works fine.

Answer:Can't share internet connection via router

Do you have mdnsresponder.exe in the task manager?

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I am currently in a student housing and have an internet connection through a lan cable that comes out of the wall, so i have no access to anything. I just bought a eeepc with windows 7 and have an older laptotp with also windows 7. My old laptop is connected to internet and i would like to share that connection to the other one using wireless without a router. I looked on internet and found out it was possible with some tutorials for xp and vista.

Windows XP: Set up a wireless network without a router

But i cant seem to figure out what's wrong. My second computer connects to the network I set up with the 1st one but there is no internet access.

Anyone ever had this problem? did i forget something?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Answer:How to share internet connection without a router

Hi longlife,

What are your system specs and what type of router are you using?

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Just got a wireless card for my windows xp dell upstairs so it can get internet from wireless router downstairs. Dell says it is connected (signal stregth very good, it does say logged in as associate) but internet is not working on the dell. How can i fix it?

Answer:How do you get wireless router to share Internet connection?

Correct/Latest Drivers for the wireless card?

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Hi, I'm switching from landline ISP to mobile ISP (dongle). So I'm thinking of sharing 3G dongle (ZTE MF190) internet connection with other PC, device etc, through D-Link modem+router(DSL-2640B) that I use for landline internet connection before. Is this possible?

I notice that I cannot use homegroup via D-Link anymore after connecting to 3G dongle.
I've tried ICS(internet connection sharing) but to no avail.

Thanks for further assistance..

Answer:Share 3G dongle internet connection with Wi-Fi router

You will probably find it easiest to use one of these: - Cradlepoint Wireless 3G/4G N Router (MBR90)

That way the router remains the access point.

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OS: Windows 7

Desktop connected to the internet via usb network adapter
The desktop has a lan card

How can I setup the OS so the wireless internet connection is shared to the lan connection to a router to the router can receive an internet connection.

Answer:How can I share a internets wireless connection to lan via router

First off you really don't need that router. Second you have to use Internet Connection Sharing which basically turns your Host computer into a router for other devices that are connecting through it. You would need a switch to connect more then one device and that router can be made to work as just a switch.

Read up on Internet Connection Sharing.

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I know this sounds like a crazy question but i travel a lot and i like to play my PS3. When i go to a new hotel some have a open internet connection and others don't. I want to connect my laptop to the wifi and share it to a separate router with a WPA2-PSK so that i have a more secure connection on the play station. Now first is this even possible to do? I use to beable to share my internet connection from my phone through my laptop to my ps3. Now when i try to do that just with the wifi in the hotels it doesnt have a high enough security setting. any information will help.
Thanks a lot!!

Answer:Share a wifi connection through a laptop to a router

Now when i try to do that just with the wifi in the hotels it doesnt have a high enough security setting. any information will help. Click to expand...

Maybe, but some information could help more than others. What/who says not "a high enough security setting"? What OS are you using? Trying to bridge the connections or use ICS?

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I want to share my internet connection to the wireless router just for the wireless feature, sure I could connect the ethernet cable to the router but the router is 10/100 and my internet connection is 1000 so I'd lose a lot of speed. I have 2 network cards in my PC and I've connected the ethernet cable to one of my network cards and another cable to my second network card and to the wireless's router internet socket.
I tried selecting the Local Area Connection that has the internet and tried the "allow other network users to connect through this computer's internet connection", but then I can't access the modem through

I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Any help on how to achieve this ?

Answer:I want to share the internet connection from PC to a wireless router

Connect the 2nd router to one of the open ports of the first router, this makes it then setup the wifi. That leaves three ports open on the first router that is 1000.

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I currently have comcast cable and I trying to figure out of there is a way to share the connection without having to purchase a router. I have a standard workgroup switch. My cable modem runs VIA eithernet to the switch but only my desktop can use it. I am assuming this has something to do with the Mac address. Is it possbile to hook up another computer to the switch via eithernet and also use the connection? Unfortuanety I dont think ICS will work because it changes the ip address to or something like that and I have to use a comcast assigned I.P

Any help would be greatly appericated.


Answer:Possbile share cable connection without a router

Nope. Multiple pc's require a router.

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Hey everyone,

I have been having a LOT of issues with Time Warner Cable recently. Yet again, my internet is out. They will be sending a tech out tomorrow to resolve the issue.

While I have my macbook and can connect to my cousins internet nextdoor, my dad is out of luck. Here's an idea that came into my head...I just don't know if it will work...

In the past, I could connect to my cousins wireless internet, share it over the mac's ethernet port and then connect a PC to the macbook. This will give that computer an internet connection.

I was wondering, could I do the same thing, but instead of connecting a specific computer to the macbook, could I connect my router's WAN port to the macbook's ethernet port. I figured this would kind of make the macbook act as a modem.

I did give it a shot, and the router's data light WAS blinking. However, the computers connected to the router could not get an internet connection. Is there anyway I can make this happen so all of the computers have access for the next 24 hours?

The one thing I noticed is that the mac was giving it's ethernet port and IP of 169.x.x.x. Could that be a problem?

Any suggestions of if I can get this to work is appreciated!


Answer:Share laptops wireless connection for router?

The problem with doing as you suggest is that you have no DHCP server on the network segment between the Macbook and your router. Does the mac have the ability to bridge the network adapters ( wireless and wired) like windows does? If it does, then I would connect the wired port on the macbook to a LAN port on your router. This would effectively make your router operate as a switch that is an expansion on your cousin's network. You would have to turn off the DHCP server on your router.

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Hi! I looked through the tutorials and didn't see anything quite like this so I'm wondering what needs to be done to get this working.

I had C0X internet hooked to my modem, had the modem hooked to my wired router and the router distributing the internet to my desktop and two xboxs, and my laptop was just picking up free wireless internet (much faster than what i was paying for!).

So I canceled my C0X subscription and I'm wondering this: can I receive wireless internet for free on my laptop, then send this signal via ethernet cable to my router, and have the router distribute the signal to my desktop pc and my xboxs? i'll attach a picture of what i'm talking about if you need it.

the laptop is winxp sp3 and the desktop is win 7 x86 ultimate...

i ran the internet connection sharing wizard on the laptop on the wireless connection and went to use the usb drive to configure the windows 7 but it says 'netsetup.exe is not a valid win32 application'... so i'm not sure where to go from here... in the network map on 7 ultimate it lists the desktop, the switch, the gateway and the xboxes, but it says no internet...if there's already a link i missed or someone who's done this successfully, please let me know.. thank you!

Answer:Share a Wireless Connection to a Wired Router (XP to 7)

Are you saying you are using someone elses internet access so you cancelled yours? Do they know you are using it?

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My PC connects to the internet through a Netgear RangeMax access point. My roommate's computer, which is a few feet away from mine, gets poor signal and we are getting latency issues in WoW on her computer (while mine has none) and we both have the same wireless NICs (US Robotics). However, my signal is good and I have no issues in WoW.

Is there a way I can simultaneously connect to wireless and my Linksys wired router and connect her computer to the Linksys and share my internet connection through it somehow?


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I have a Netgear DG834GT wireless modem router for machine 1 and a WG111T usb adapter to connect machine 2 to the router.Now however we have a cable connection, and this is an ADSL router, so there's no way to use it as a modem right?Here's my setup;Computer 1 has cable internet accessComputer 2 has nothingSince the router and usb adapter can communicate, but the router is ADSL so won't work with my cable connection, is there a way to put the router on Computer 2 and somehow have it take the role of the USB adapter, to connect to the USB adapter on computer 1 which will be taking the role of the router?So Computer 1 (with internet access) connects to the router on Computer 2, "feeding" it a connection to the internet?No idea if this is possible... does anyone?

Answer:Netgear USB+Modem router = Share CABLE connection?

DON'T try to use your combined ADSL Modem/Router with Cable broadband, because it just won't work. Its WAN port is a phone connection - you need a "Cable/DSL Router", which doesn't incorporate a Modem, and which has an ethernet WAN port for connection directly to the Virgin Cable Modem's ethernet port.If you don't want to buy a Cable/DSL Router, you can connect the two computers directly, either with a *crossover* ethernet cable or in an "Ad Hoc" wireless network, and then enable "Internet Connection Sharing" on the actual internet connection (modem connection) in the PC that is online.

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Hello. I was wondering if it is possible to share a internet connection between two computers without using a hub, switch or router.

One of the computers has two network cards, is it possible to connect that computer to the internet, and then connect the other computer to the one that is connected to the internet?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Sharing connection between two computers without hub/switch/router

Yes; you need a cross-over cable between the computers unless one has an auto-sensing (MDI/MDIX) ethernet port. Read up on Internet Connection Sharing (ICS), starting in the Help and Support Center.

Why don't you want to use a router?

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Ok here's the situation:
I just moved into a student apartment. The internet is already activated and it is available through the RJ45 jack straight off the wall. Using an Ethernet cable I am able to use Internet without any issues with my PC.

What I want to do:
- Use my Buffalo ADSL router/modem to share the connection: both wired and wireless.
- Use my router as local DHCP to create a private network with my home devices.
- Be able to access both the internet and the router without having to unplug anything.

The setup:
- There is no way to use a DSL (phone) cablein the house so I have to plug the Ethernet cable carrying the connection in one of the LAN port of the router.
- My PC use another free LAN port.

The issues so far:
- I am only able to share the connection through the LAN ports of the router.
- Wireless devices are able to connect (it even read "Internet access" in the tray bar) but are unable to browse. It can't resolve proxy and always time out.
-When the Ethernet cable is plugged into the router, the router itself becomes unavailable. I'm assuming the connection has its own gateway somewhere else and prevents me from accessing the router.
- I effectively don't have any private network anymore.

edit: another weird thing I noticed. On my laptop anytime I try to connect to a wireless network it connects to 2 networks at the same time. One with the proper SSID and the other "Unidentified network"

n.b: I have reset the r... Read more

Answer:Issues using my router/modem to share connection coming from Ethernet cable

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My network has 3 computers connected through lan cables to an IP switch that connects to the gateway. The gateway is running the latest m0n0wall -1.33. I just got and connected a wireless router to my network (4th lan position on the switch) - setting it up as an access point. As soon as the router turns on, the wireless devices connect but the WIRED comps lose connection. My wired comps are running Win XP sp2. The wireless devices are a laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit and an iPhone. Any advice?

Answer:Wireless router causing wired computers to lose connection.

Hi Tron and Welcome to SF,

Looks like the Gateway is also a router then you added a second router.

Might need to reconfigure the 2nd router, the Gateway's setting stays the same. Disable DHCP from the 2nd router and assign a Static IP Address to the second router with the same Subnet for ex. Gateway's IP is, you may assign a Static IP to the second router.

See if that helps and let us know.

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Am a new Networking BEE I had built a small network of 20 systems at my office and there I had connected a switch and router.

All the switch ports have been covered by all the systems and one port is given to the router

And also I connected a HUB to the switch ..

It works fine for my internet connections to all the systems but how do i make authentication of passwords and username to my network systems from one server which I use server 2003 at one system

let me know the detailed step by step procedure to build.........

I would feel very happy If at all any Suggestions for me to make my Business grow.....

As early as possible ................

Thanks in Advance


Answer:Connection of Router to Switch and also a Hub to Switch - N/W systems internet share

>>I use server 2003 at one system

you need to enable Network Login, but that requires that win2003 have

a domain controller
a DHCP service
and a DNS service.
the Domain Controller is just another name for LDAP and it becomes the control point
for all systems.

get some books on Configuring Win2003 Server

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I have two PC's running windows 7 home premium.One is a desktop and other is a laptop.
Homegroup all set up and running.
Now when I want to copy and paste a photo from laptop to desktop when I select paste on the picture folder on the desktop through the homegroup i get a box comes on screen, (see image supplied).
But if I do the opposite copy and paste from desktop to laptop all works okay,The problem is from laptop to desktop.
Any help please.
Image here.

Many thanks in advance.

Answer:Share between two computers

You should first make sure that the C:>Users folder is shared through the Sharing tab as per the first picture below. You need click Advanced Sharing then put in the check mark, hit the permission button and add more check marks for read/write access as required, click apply ok etc.

Although it appears as if you already have the pictures files shared out the share won't work correctly unless the C:>Users folder is also shared because of the folder hierarchy.

You might also want to look in the Advanced Sharing Settings to make sure that Network Discovery and Printer and File Sharing etc. are turned on as in the second picture.

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i have one computer with win98se, and one with win2000,
i once could share them with each other, but now i can only access the 98 pc from my win2000 pc, when i try to access the 2000 pc, it once said that my password has expired, and now it asks for a password...

i made a workgroup and put both i my computers in it...

where could the problem be?


Answer:how can i share my 2 computers?

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I have two computers on a network and I want to be able to use one Outlook pst from both computers. Everything I've read indicates I need Exchange Server to do this but that seems like overkill. Is there any other way to do this?

I only need to share Calendar, Contacts and Tasks. I don't use Outlook for email.

Answer:Share one Outlook pst between 2 computers?

It may be able to work without the Exchange server, because it is possible to manage email between the same email account on 2 computers.

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I was wondering is it possible to set up two computers so that they:

Share two monitors (One mouse cursor can travel between the two screens & computers)
Share one mouse
Share one keyboard

This is just a hypothetical situation. I was just wondering if it's possible.
Thanks for anyone willing to share info! :-D

Answer:Can Two Computers Share Peripherals

Have a look at the MIcrosoft Garage project "Mouse without Borders

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my network

modem -> router -> wifi

wifi -> win 7 64 bit
wifi -> win 7 32 bit eee laptop
wifi -> win xp 32 bit

win 7 32 bit has 2 shares setup on it, the default user share and the a manual share with permissions set to everybody.

My xp box can access both these shares
My win 7 64 bit box can only access the user share but not the manual share. It can connect to the xp shares.

The win 7 32 laptop can connect to the 64 bit shares and the xp shares.

If I ping from win 7 64 to win 7 32 like this:

ping lappy

it fails. in this case its using ipv6. however if i:


it works great.

I can't figure out for the life of me how to get the win 64bit box to access the win 7 32 bit manual share.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Can't connect to share while other computers can

just bumping hoping for some help.

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Here's the deal: yesterday I got a wireless router and one wireless usb adapter. In one room is my main computer hard-wired to the router (SMC wireless cable modem gateway); the other computer is using the usb wireless adapter. Pretty simple. Works just fine. I've done all the instructions to setup to be able to access files from either computer but it doesn't work. How can I share files with the other computer? Thanks.

Answer:How to get two computers to share files

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hi there

i m still new here

i had this problem when i was working on a network of 20 computers and a server computer (dell poweredge) when i tried to share a powerpoint file with
all of the 20 computers to be opened at the same time
only 10 of them opened the file while an error message apeared with the rest which said that maximum connection number has reached

if any one can help me how can i increase the number of connection from one computer to 20 others on same network?


Answer:How to share one folder with 20 computers

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I am using broad band service & i want to share the ip address for my two systems, is this posssible. I know my ip address through the site named http://www.****************/. Now i want to share the ip on both systems. Need help pls...........

Answer:How can we share the ip addresas for two computers?

Get a router between the modem and the computers. This is by far the easiest way.

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What is the best way to share files between 2 computers connected via adsl router? (no wifi, just cable)

Pls dont tell me usb key or something like that. Some file like HDD image are pretty huge therefor what method should I bestly use?

Also any hints how to set such thing up would be nice.

Answer:Best way to share files between 2 computers

Just configure file sharing.

This TCP/IP Home Networking and File Sharing Tutorial should get you started.

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HiI am looking for a colour laser to share between 2 computers both running windows xp. Have thought about attaching the printer by ethernet cable to my router but dont have a clue about what else i will need to do to get my computers to talk to it (one connected by cable to router, the other wirelessly connected).Printer must be cheap on consumables and will expect it to print about 400 pages per day max so printing speeds should not be too slow and it must be durable, so dont mind spending around 400. Will be printing mostly black and white but some colour too (not photos)Bamboozled by all the choice!Thanks

Answer:need a printer to share between 2 computers

Thanks, I was really struggling there

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I'm told two monitors can be used on one computer, but what about the other way! two computers sharing one monitor. My reason for asking is that I have two computers with their own screens (don't worry one is an 'old banger' with a CRT screen) of course my newer one is a flat screen thing, which is much better viewing.Is there some sort of a '2 into 1' connector which make it possible for both computers to use my flat screen monitor, without having to unplug from one machine into the other. I know the easiest option is just to purchase another flat screen for my old machine, but I'm trying to make more space. Just wondering if I should have gone to the absolute beginners forum, but that would have given away my lack of computer knowledge, oh well, now you all know.

Answer:can two computers share one monitor

98/Me are older operating systems, and therefore inherently more vulnerable to attacks.This is where I differ, Virus writers go for the most prolific OS i.e XP so they get maximum effect.Also IE as most people don't know anything else. Plus it's there cos MS put it there.My Opinion for what it's worth, pressing this changes from one comp to the other

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I have a home network setup with two desktops that are physically wired to a router, and one laptop that connects wearilessly. All systems are running WIndows XP SP2.

On the desktop computers I am able to file share successfully without any trouble. I go to My computer, My Network Places and all of my shared folders show up.

On the laptop I am not able to get any files to share. However print sharing does work. On the laptop I try to add the shared files like I did on the desktop system by doing the following:

-I go to my computer
-Click my network places
-Click add new network place
-The wizard pops up and I click next
-I select Choose Another Location and then Browse

At this point I am able to see all of the folders beign shared. When I do this on my laptop that is connected to the network wearilessly none of those folders show up! I have exausted my resources so fare. I have disabled all farewells thinking that might be it, but still no success. If anybody can help me I would really appreciate it.
Thank you!

Answer:Can't file share on only one of my computers!

Try right clicking on the file/folder you intend to share and selecting Sharing and Security.... Create a new share there.

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Probably an obvious question but please can anyone tell me how i can share a document between two/three laptops in the same house?
Thank you.

Answer:Share a document between two computers?

You do it through Home Network File sharing.

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My windows and mac computer cannot connect to one another other computers can connect to either one without any issues at all i've contacted apple and my mac is "too old" and i contacted microsoft and only got "it must be the mac" so i'm literally going crazy because this used to work fine and i just did an inplace upgrade which didn't work i'm trying anything to get this working again

I have more detail written here:

OS: OS X 10.8.5
Processor 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
HDD: 160gb
GPU: ATI Radeon X1600 128 MB

Windows PC:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4690K CPU @ 3.50GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 16332 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon (TM) R9 380 Series, -1 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 113905 MB, Free - 59902 MB; S: Total - 953866 MB, Free - 252733 MB;
Motherboard: MSI, Z97S SLI Krait Edition (MS-7922)
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

Answer:Computers can't share files

Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows Features on and off . Find SMB 1.0 and make sure it is checkmarked.

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Our checkbook is on my wife's computer. I have installed the same software on my computer (on the same network as hers) and tried to make it see her data, but I guess I am senile or something. (40 years ago I was a computer programmer...) Both computers are on W10.

How can I do that? (a link to someplace that explains it in English would be great)

Answer:All I want to do is share one file on two computers....

You can always get a network drive and save the file on there. Only problem is to know what this software that you are using. Mint .com is a better way of tracking checking, savings and other accounts. Now days you will really not find many programs that use a static file on a computer for any kind of accounting, unless you had created this one on your own.

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I have 2 computers. One is connected to the internet and has a printer. The other is a stand-alone job and is not connected to the internet. My wife plays games and does some word processing on it. They're in the same room about 7 ft apart. Is there a way of hooking them up so both computers can share the printer? A switch of some kind? And I guess I need to load the printer software on the stand-alone computer before I do anything else. Thx!


Answer:2 computers 1 printer - how do I share

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I have 2 computers both running Windows XP. My ISP is Yahoo DSL and I use a Speedstream 5100 modem. What is the most simple and cost effective way to allow both computers to have simultaneous internet access with just the one modem?


Answer:Share internet between 2 computers?

Successful Sharing involves some general consideration in Network settings,

As well as specific adjustment of each computer according to what is allowed to be shared.
Go to Help and Support and type in Internet Connections Sharing --> it will walk you thru it. a router.

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Hi Everyone,

I have a Laptop(winxp sp2) and my PC running the same OS.

I connect to the internet via USB port on the Laptop and run my PC via the extra Ethernet port on my "Voyager 205" B/Band modem/ Router. Is it now possible to share files between these 2 computers? or have i got it all wrong. I have not yet set up any shared network settings. Thanks for all views and replies in advance.

Answer:Can i now share files between 2 computers?

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I have 2 Vista 64 machines on the same router. One of the machines holds my music library. Are there step by step instructions on what I have to do to allow music and playlists from my media server to be played by the other computer?

I am a network neanderthal, you can't be too simple in your answers. To put this in perspective, I can't even figure out how to map the two computers together as network drives, and I think I might even have the same computer name for the two gonks which makes everything more confusing .


Answer:Share music between computers?

Dear, if your computers are in same physical segment and you dont use means you should config them as same logical subnet.
to doing this, put them in same subnet mask.
you can configure these by clicking properties of TCP/IP stack protocol.
help: right click on your lan network connection and choose properties...and then choose TCP/IP properties.

give them these ip addresses:

with these IP addresses, remote machines at internet,can not connect to your home it will be safe.

then they can communicate together via a workgroup scheme.
you can create a workgroup by going on properties of my computer.
on computer name Tab,click on this as the same for all of your computers.

then restart.

at this time you need to share your folders ( mp3 )...dont forget: we can not share files on Microsoft is only possible to sharing folders.

for sharing folders,please click on properties of your folders...then choose sharing tab.

you can browse your workgroup machines by my network places at XP and Network at Vista.

another way is using UNC address...

in run type:
\\destination computer name or its ip address\sharefolder

if you want to using computer name on UNC address, you should enable this option on TCP/IP properties:

go to wins tab and make enable netbios over tcp/ip.
NBT or netBT is short of netbios over tcp/ip.
Netbios was a stack protocol which designed by IBM and was worked on session layer of OS... Read more

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Ok, I truly feel like a moron. I tried googling, but everything was so tech-speak that I could only sit here mouth breathing and drooling on the desk. (Got the visual yet?) We have two teenagers and we've been just perfectly fine, in my (mom-as-a-complete-idiot) opinion, with one computer. Well a very good family friend upgraded everything in his 5-computers-for-4-people house. and with the most amazing and remarkable generosity, he gave us his "old" stuff. I am so truly humbled I can not put into words. Here's where you gods of assistance come in:
Now we have a teeny tiny house so we are trying to design a type of "work station" that will be well organized-gotta love Ikea-but will fit in the space and hold 2 computers and all their associated accouterments. We are hoping to somehow connect both computers, that will be side by side, to one printer. Can it be done by one so challenged as me?
You have come through on every occasion for me, so I know you can help me with this. I just hope I can understand your response. Although I don't know why I am bothering you. After all I have TWO teenagers, and they KNOW EVERYTHING!
now, where's that tequila........

Answer:can 2 computers share a printer?

Good grief! 2 kids and you still drink that stuff! :-D

The short answer is yes, they can share a printer. The easiest way is to use a router and setup a small network.

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I am trying to set up my new computer and my old computer to share the printer. I have a wireless router and a wireless adapter. The guy at the store said I could set it up to share the DSL and the printer but so far I have only gotten them to share the DSL. Can they share the printer?
The computers are
HP Media Center PC
820 pentium D
1 GB Memory
300 GB hard drive
HP pavillion 752c
2.0 GHZ pentium 4
512 Memory
80 GB hardrive
The router is D-Link DI-624
The adapter is D-Link DWL-G122
The printer is HP psc 750xi

Answer:Can 2 computers share 1 printer?

First you'll want to open up Printers & Faxes on the computer the printer is connected to (Start > Control Panel > Printers & Faxes). Right click on the printer and select 'Sharing'.

Click the Share Printer button then give it a name in the box below that. Click apply, then OK.

Now go to the other computer and open up Printers & Faxes window. Right click anywhere in the white space and hit 'Add Printer'.

Next > Select 'A netowrk printer, or printer attached to another computer', Next > Select 'Connect to this Printer', and fill in the box next to 'Name:' with

\\*name of computer printer is connected to*\*name you gave printer earlier when you shared it*

Hit next and it should find it if the name is correct. Select Yes to use it as the default printer, then hit Next. Voila, hit finish and your done.

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I am having trouble getting four Windows NT 4.0 (SP6a) computers to connect to an HP LaserJet 1022 shared from a Windows 2000 computer.

I have made sure all five computers are in the same workgroup name. I have added the user of one of the NT computers (s1) to the Power Users group on the 2000 computer, and on the printer have also allowed s1 to the printer (Security tab).

On the NT computer I have tried adding a network printer, with the path being:


No luck, I get "Cannot connect to the printer" followed by either "Access is denied" or "The printer name is invalid". I have also tried the following command prompt:

C:\>net use \\computername\printername /user:username password

But here I get Error 67: The network name cannot be found.

The printer itself is USB only and as such we can't plug it into the NT computers.

Any other ideas?

Answer:Can't share printer to NT computers

My guess is a WINS problem... just shot the NT4 machines and buy new XP/Vista machines.

If you must keep the OS which has no patches being release... then try connecting by IP vs servername.

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Our checkbook is on my wife's computer. I have installed the same software on my computer (on the same network as hers) and tried to make it see her data, but I guess I am senile or something. (40 years ago I was a computer programmer...) Both computers are on W10.

How can I do that? (a link to someplace that explains it in English would be great)

Answer:All I want to do is share one file on two computers....

You can always get a network drive and save the file on there. Only problem is to know what this software that you are using. Mint .com is a better way of tracking checking, savings and other accounts. Now days you will really not find many programs that use a static file on a computer for any kind of accounting, unless you had created this one on your own.

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I recently changed the ip address of one of my computers. Now I can't access this computer from the unchanged one. I can access the shared folders of the unchanged one from the computer with the new ip but not the other way around. I tried pinging the new ip from the other computer but don't get a response. I also changed the workgroup of the other computer to match that of the one with the new ip address but still same problem. can someone please help? Thanks

Answer:unable to share computers over lan

Before getting the best help, you need to provide some addition details.What kind of computers? Model #?Which Operating System?Is i Windows XP?Was the systems and the local network working well at one time?Why did you change the IP?What IP are you using?Have you already used the recommended software for building a network?Are you using a wireless router?How do the computers connect ton each bother.?If you are using a single Ethernet cable and a not hub or router, then it should be a cross-over cable.Please give more information.

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Following advice in this Forum I connected my new computer (Windows XP) and my old one (ME)with a serial cable (null modem)I managed to use the File Transfer wizard to move my settings across but now cannot do the same for the files I want to move. I am told by my old computer "cannot find your new computer" -despite the cable connection workingI tried the "Guest" and "Host" set up routine, but this told me that my connection "was not working"The only thing I have done since successfully transferring my Settings is to accept the installation of XP Service Pack 2 from Microsoft's Automatic Update Service.Do you think this is the problem or could you offer any other suggestions please?robin

Answer:Cannot share files between two computers

Only thing I can think of is ME being the issue. Is it worth putting xp on ME pc on another partition?

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I am trying to connect 3 computers together so that I can share files between them. My goal is to make it so that the files to be shared can be accessed from a folder that will be created specifically for sharing on each computer. The computers will be connected over wifi. One computer is running xp pro and the other two are running XP home. I need to be able to access files off of all three and be able to do it from any of the 3 computers.

Any help in achieving this goal is greatly appreciated or links to a FREE program would be great!

Answer:Need Help to connect 3 computers to share files

gilga said:

Any help in achieving this goal is greatly appreciated or links to a FREE program would be great!Click to expand...

Wireless router, matching accounts on all systems, right click > sharing and security > share this folder.

start > run > \\computer_name\shared_folder_name

... that's the bare bones of it.

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Okay, so this isn't super important but it would be nice. I have two computers and I would like to file share the computers over the network (wireless) automatically. I have tried to do my own research and have had no luck. If any one could help me, it would be very appreciated.

Answer:Automatic File Share between two computers

I'm not too sure exactly what you are trying to achieve, but this tutorial may be of help to you.

My apologies if it's not what you're after.

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We were able to share files between xp computers. The z drive icon suddenly disappeared under "Devices with removable storage". This is where one of the computers could click and show a list of all the files that the other computer had put in there to be shared. Can anyone help us get that drive back so we can share file again?Thanks in advance for your help.JohnJohn

Answer:can no longer file share between 2 xp computers

How were you set up to share files - presumably over a network?Can you at least "see" each other over your network (if it is via a network) even if not connect?

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i have tried almost everything short of a reformat to get this working.

My desktop and a laptop are running Windows vista

Desktop- windows vista ultimate x64
Laptop- legit windows home premium?

anyway, I have a network at my house that has a XP desktop (wireless), vista desktop and laptop (wired). I am trying to get an 8 gb file from my Vista desktop to my laptop.

They see each other in the networks menu, but it asks for a password and nothing works to log in. I created an account on my desktop with the same username/password as the account on the laptop and that wont work either.

I have tried to turn off "password protected sharing", but when i click off, it stays on (on both machines)

The laptop does not see the xp computer on the network, only itself and the vista desktop.

This is really pissing me off. Help please!

Answer:Can someone please help me share files between my vista computers?

Not a Vista user here, but I know you need to do this in XP - Is simple file sharing turned off?

Also, try addressing all computers by IP. From a cmd line - "net use \\<youriphere\c$ /user:<usernamehere>". C$= C:\ Drive. After that, start->run "\\<youriphere\c$" to see the stuff. Alternately "net use m: \\somecomputer\c$ /user:administrator password" would map the M:\ drive to somecomputer's C:\ drive using administrator as the username and password as the password.

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Gateway PC
MS Windows 98SE
MS Outlook Express v5.5 is my email software
I have a cable modem from my internet service provider.
I am using a Linksys 4port router to gain internet access on both of the computers in my house (mine and my roommate's)

My roommate and I have set up our individual email accounts on our respective computers. We have 2 separate IP addresses, identical except for the final digit.

Recently, we began heavy trading on ebay, so we opened a third email account with our ISP to keep our ebay business separate from our individual personal business. We ran into a problem, however, because we only opened that account on my roommate's computer. I didn't know how to configure our computers so I could check that account from my computer.

To complicate matters more, I created a new identity and email address on my computer identical to the ebay account on his computer, only the two machines are still on different IP addresses. Now, we have to check BOTH accounts (the two accounts with identical names) because some email is coming to my computer and some to my roommate's. I have tried to email my roommate at that email address, but since I have the same email address, I always get my own emails, and he doesn't receive them. Does this make ANY sense?

Does anyone have a suggestion as to how I can consolidate these two "doppelganger" accounts into one account that will receive all email sent to its address, and will be access... Read more

Answer:Can 2 computers share an email account?

With 2 PCs access the same email account, the mails will be deleted after downloaded by default.

To keep a copy in the server so that when the other PC access the mailbox, it will also get a copy, do the following:

1. From OE, goto Tools>Accounts
2. Under Mail tab, double click on the account
3. Under Advanced tab, check box "leave a copy of the messages on the server"
4. Check 1 of the sub-boxes of your preference.

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I'm wondering if there's a way to share certain resources over a network to specific computers only. Wired and wireless, without a domain controller.

Answer:Is there a way to only share folders with certain computers on the network?

This may help. It is good for Vista and Seven.
Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups - Windows 7 Forums
Permissions for user on networked machine
For network shareing
Network Discovery - Turn On or Off

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hello alli am trying to connect 2 computers to the internet. The o/s that connects directly to the broadband is xp home using USB. The other o/s is xp pro, which uses a ethernet cable to connect to the main computer for internet. Do I need a route, to connect use 2 computers? or is there something i'm doing wrong?

Answer:connecting 2 computers to share the internet

i am not sure that you can mix usb and ethernet,if you are not using a router you will need 2 ethernet sockets on your pc.i tried it once but i had problems so i went out and bought a much easier

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hello again!

I'm looking for a good and easy way to share files and folders over the internet. i am not talking about dropbox and so on... i want it to be like windows' network sharing, select computer->browse folders->upload/download.
this seems to be extremely hard to do!

been trying to make SW VPN work but it's just to much of a fuss, my router either does not support it or it just wont open the ports/protocols.

I have also tried ftp, this works but it requires a client and a server at both ends which is not acceptable and to much work to set up.

please guys! any good ideas!?

Answer:share files via internet between 2 or more computers

How about Logmein?--described briefly. Then, go here.

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My wife gave me a nice photo printer for xmas.
Both computers (see sig) have lots of digital photos I want to share and print.
I've had the 2 computers for a long while but never
bothered to connect them for sharing until now. I'm a total
novice at networking.

I have setup a simple workgroup on both machines with the same name
"myshare". I then setup several folder shares on both computers, giving change
permissions. File and print sharing are installed on both systems. NetBios for
TCP/IP is set.

I can see the workgroup name under network places but when I try to connect from the
desktop system to my shuttle I'm prompted to use a guest account login? Not
sure why.

When I try to go from the Shuttle to the desktop system it says I
don't have permisson at all.

I've disabled windows firewall and my trend micro virus software on both systems
and the same issues persist.

Also, I cannot ping from either machine, they timeout. Both machines are winXP pro SP2
with latest updates.

So what is the best starting point to troubleshoot this issue to resolve it?

Answer:Trying to share folders problem on two computers

I'm guessing you have XP Home?

If you have Pro:

Sounds like you set the share permissions correctly (from the share tab) but not the ntfs permissions (from the security tab). You need to add either the everyone group or the user account you are using to log into the computer from over the network to the list of groups on the security tab (which might require you to add the account to the local computer). Once added, set the permissions appropriately and use that account to log in from over the network or, if the passwords and accounts are the same, it will autologin.


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I have 2 computers and want to be able to share my printer between the 2. How do I do this if I do not have any internet in my home? Is there an adapter that can split the connection on the printer, then I can plug in the 2 computers?

Answer:Share a printer between 2 computers (no internet)

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I have several computers on my local wireless network:

- Windows 8 Pro
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP
- Mac OS X

Right now to copy file from one to another I use USB Flash key which is pretty time consuming, especially if I have to do it 100 times a day.

So I was thinking, is there any way to share a single folder for read/write access among all those computers?

Answer:Can I share folder between several computers via wireless

You can set up a network between the Windows machines. Hopefully, Windows 8 will play nice with Vista and XP.

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Computer 1: Windows 10 Desktop
Computer 2: Windows 10 Laptop

On both machines, I have:

Turn on network discovery.
Turn on file and printer sharing.
(same for Guest/Public)
Allow Windows manage homegroup connections.

Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the Public folders.
Turn off password protected sharing

I can see Computer 1 and 2 under Network on both machines.

I have a folder shared on both computers.

I've managed to get Computer 2 to see shared folders on Computer 1.

However, I cannot seem to get Computer 1 to see shared folders on Computer 2.

When I click on the Domain name of the Laptop under Network, it requests Network Credentials.

Entering the Username/Password of either machine does not work.

I'm out of ideas.



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I have a laptop with Widows 7 and a desktop with Windows XP. The computers are not in a shared network.

1. How do I add the bookmarks I make in Firefox, of my laptop, to the bookmarks list of FF in my desk top, and vise-versa?

2. Is it possible to share, or import and export the bookmarks between Firefox and Internet Explorer, of the same computer?

Thank you

Answer:How do I share bookmarks in firefox on 2 different computers?

In Firefox click on the bookmark icon choose Show All Bookmarks Click on Import and Backup and export bookmarks as HTML and save it somewhere then copy it to a USB drive and do the same on the other computer but choose Import Bookmarks as HTML, navigate to the file and import it. You can do the same in Internet Explorer by clicking on the Bookmark icon at the top right then click Add to Favorites then Import and Export choose Import from a file then tick favorites in the next window then next and again navigate to your HTML file and import it

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I recently networked my computers (wireless adsl) and I can share my internet access but not the printer etc. I go into my network places which is empty so can someone tell me how I can network the printers and all that?

btw i tried doing the set up small network wizard and the wizard gets to a screen where it says disconnected hardware which is:

Local Area Connection VIA compatible fast ethernet adaptor

btw the network hardware I use is a minitare PCI 11g for both computers.

Answer:I can share my computers interenet with others but not printers

Without knowing more details like what operating systems you have or what error messages you are getting, see:

for some ideas.

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I have had windows 10 running for a while, and I noticed that file sharing has recently stopped working. For the life of me I can't figure out what is stopping this from working.

I have a desktop (windows 10) that has the files, as well as two laptops (windows 7 and windows 10) and a windows 10 Intel NUC.

For simplicity in troubleshooting, I have uninstalled completely Norton Security. I have triple checked that windows firewall is enabled on both of my Windows 10 computer with Allow File and Print sharing (ICMP) enabled (have read that turning off doesn't work).

Now, here is the weird part!
* From my windows 7 laptop I can ping and see files just fine.
* From my windows 10 laptop I cannot!

To simplify I am trying to get ping to work. I have installed wireshark on both laptop and desktop. When I send a ping:
* I see it sending on my laptop
* I see it being received and sent back on my desktop, and
* My laptop gives me no wireshark response and says request timed out.
Here's a snippet from wireshark from my desktop:

The machine name will resolve to IP address as well, but i have done everything i can possible think of, and the fact that a ping goes out, is acknowledged, sent back, but the response isn't making it back somehow is completely baffling me, especially since it works fine on Windows 7!

I have the exact same problem with my Intel NUC Windows 10 machine as well 4 hours later and nothing from Google to help me, I 'm desperate for help!

Answer:cannot share files between windows 10 computers

I would try enabling: File and Printer Sharing (SMB-In), too.

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Computer 1: Windows 10 Desktop
Computer 2: Windows 10 Laptop

On both machines, I have:

Turn on network discovery.
Turn on file and printer sharing.
(same for Guest/Public)
Allow Windows manage homegroup connections.

Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the Public folders.
Turn off password protected sharing

I can see Computer 1 and 2 under Network on both machines.

I have a folder shared on both computers.

I've managed to get Computer 2 to see shared folders on Computer 1.

However, I cannot seem to get Computer 1 to see shared folders on Computer 2.

When I click on the Domain name of the Laptop under Network, it requests Network Credentials.

Entering the Username/Password of either machine does not work.

I'm out of ideas.



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Hey guys,
I need help with my problem. I have 2 computers at home. One is a laptop and the second one is a normal PC. Both of them are connected ia WI-FI to a router which is connected to another router which is outside and connected to WIFI source a few km away ... Anyway, I have a question. I want to share files bewteen these two computers. Each of them have IP which was added to them by the router. When I try to ping the router I do not a problem but when I try to ping 1 computer from the other computer it says: destination host unreachable. I want to create a homegroup but when I create one the other pc just does not see it. Can you help me to solve this? thanks!

Answer:How do I share files between 2 computers via wireless

Quote: Originally Posted by Bazy

Hey guys,
I need help with my problem. I have 2 computers at home. One is a laptop and the second one is a normal PC. Both of them are connected ia WI-FI to a router which is connected to another router which is outside and connected to WIFI source a few km away ... Anyway, I have a question. I want to share files bewteen these two computers. Each of them have IP which was added to them by the router. When I try to ping the router I do not a problem but when I try to ping 1 computer from the other computer it says: destination host unreachable. I want to create a homegroup but when I create one the other pc just does not see it. Can you help me to solve this? thanks!

This probably has to do with the network arrangement which sounds rather unusual with the signal being relayed by another router from miles away.

If your wifi router is the second one in this network then you need to disable DHCP and assign an IP in the subnet range of the other router. I don't know anything about the first router so I can't really give exact directions here.

For starters, you need to make sure that both machines are using the same default gateway or you won't be able to network those machines, the default gateway for both machines should be something like

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I am wanting to get a Money Plus program to my son's computer. His computer and my computer are connect with a wireless network adapter. Is there a way to send the Money program to his computer? I do not have the CD. I bought it via net and downloaded it. I do not have the product key email that they sent me and I have no clue who I bought it from.

Is there any way to get this program to his computer so I do not loose it?

I do not even have a CD burner on my computer. It is on his computer.

Answer:Can shared computers share programs?

No, I don't think you can do that. If the program uses an installer copying it over will not work.

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I had 2 Win 7 computers that shared files successfully without using a homegroup and with Bitdefender Internet Security 2016 installed. Then both of these machines were upgraded to Windows 10 and they can no longer share files. I get a message that one machine is denying access to the other.

I tried using a homegroup on the Win 10 machines. I was easily able to create a homegroup on one machine but, when trying to join it on the other machine, after entering the password, I get "Windows no longer detects a homegroup on this network."

I have tried disabling Bitdefender and also upgrading Bitdefender to 2017 and neither helps.
The Peer Networking Grouping and HomeGroup Provider services are running on both machines.
Ivp6 is enabled on both machines.

I need to be able to share files either using or not using a homegroup.

Many thanks for any help!

Answer:Cannot share files between 2 Windows 10 computers

Have you enabled the file-sharing attributes on both PC's?

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I'm looking for a way to share a PS/2 keyboard and a USB mouse with two computers.
Both machines have a PS/2 port.

The monitor has both an analog and a DVI connector. After much trouble and some help from Samsung, it seems that video input
switching is finally working. So amazing!

It looks like most inexpensive KVM kits are for either PS/2 or USB but not one of each.
Does anyone have any suggestions?


Answer:How to share a keyboard and mouse with two computers

Synergy 1.4.14 Beta

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This is probably simple enough, but I've Googled the topic to death with little success.

I'm sharing a few folders between two computers (both Windows 7) on my home network. The folders are each set to be shared with "Everyone."

Let's call the two computers/users Jack and Jill. What I'd like to do: only allow Jill to access Jack's shares, and vice-versa -- excluding any other computers on the network from accessing the folders. Is this possible?

(Note: When modifying the user permissions of the shared folders, users on other computers are not presented for me to choose. I've attempted to create user accounts on each computer, with names corresponding to the user accounts of the other, but that didn't work. Thus! my only workable option right now is "Everyone.")

We're dealing with 7 Starter, unfortunately, on both computers (so no homegroups).
Any ideas? Thanks a lot.

Answer:Share folders to specific computers only?

It's a bit tricky to set this up but it can be done if you follow the procedure below. Posted by TomStitt awhile back.

When the users connect, you need to have password sharing enabled (i.e. they must put in a password to enter the shared computer (they can always save this so they need not enter it next time). You now need 2 local users on the Windows 7 computer, e.g. call them user1 and user2 with their own respective passwords. Don't make them ADMIN users.

Note that you also need to remap the drives and use these logins and passwords for the drive mapping.

Now user1 has access to everything, so on the outside folder give them complete access (or read only as you desire, including access to the special folder inside). Repeat this action for user2. Now go to the special folder that you only want user1 to have access to. right click on it and select properties/security. On the permissions tab, have a look and write down the current permission settings (this is an important reducndancy step should something you do fail later). Now look for a tickbox to inherit parent permissions and untick this. Now give permissions only to those users that you want to access this folder. Be aware that you probably need SYSTEM and CREATOR OWNER on there.

Like all good plans, switch user to user1 on the Windows 7 box and test that they can locally access what they are supposed to. Repeat with User2. Now remap the drives with the new passwords and give the passwords out to the users.

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My wife and I need to work on the same file on two different computers at home.  She has Windows 10 and I have Windows 7.  Step by step, how do we do that, please.

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I have a desktop which is connected to the router and modem. I have a laptop that uses wireless. How do you connect the two so I can share files with one another? I tried to set up a network connection and didn't get it to work. Confused..


Answer:How to connect two computers together to share files?

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I had 2 Win 7 computers that shared files successfully without using a homegroup and with Bitdefender Internet Security 2016 installed. Then both of these machines were upgraded to Windows 10 and they can no longer share files. I get a message that one machine is denying access to the other.

I tried using a homegroup on the Win 10 machines. I was easily able to create a homegroup on one machine but, when trying to join it on the other machine, after entering the password, I get "Windows no longer detects a homegroup on this network."

I have tried disabling Bitdefender and also upgrading Bitdefender to 2017 and neither helps.
The Peer Networking Grouping and HomeGroup Provider services are running on both machines.
Ivp6 is enabled on both machines.

I need to be able to share files either using or not using a homegroup.

Many thanks for any help!

Answer:Cannot share files between 2 Windows 10 computers

Have you enabled the file-sharing attributes on both PC's?

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Ive just got a new PC, and have set up the ADSL line using the USB ADSL modem I used with my old PC. The old PC is now in another room, so what is the best and cheapest way to get the old PC to also be able to use the ADSL line?

Answer:How can I share my ADSL line on 2 computers?

Link the two systems together in a network, and set up Internet Connection Sharing.You will need two LAN (network) cards- about 10-15 each, and a network crossover cable of the appropriate length. The software is all part of Windows.As an added benefit you will also be able to share printer(s), and data files.

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Hi guys,
I have two computers on a large desk side by side. Both are running Windows 8.1
I have a drive on computer A which I want to be able to access on computer B.

I have gone into advanced sharing for the drive and enabled sharing.
However, when I go to map the drive on computer B, I get an error that I don't have permission to access that drive.

What am i missing here? Neither computers are using logins/passwords for the admin user account.


Answer:Share drive between two computers on the same network

Couple of places you want to check:

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I have 2 win xp pro machines. They used to share files and printers, but I reinstalled the OP system on one and all went to he*l. I don't know what I'm not doing this time, but they NEED to share again. I'm gettin tired of not being able to print. Both systems are set to share folders, the one with the printer is set to share the printer. The hardware is fine, I haven't touched it. Both computers have guest accounts turned on. The sharing security settings in the folders of each of them are set to allow everyone full access. The folders won't open on the other machine.

- - UPDATE - -
Using TweakUI, I got one of the computers (the one with the printer) to share it's files and printer. The other will still not share, even if I sick TweakUI on it.

Answer:stubborn computers can't learn to share...

did you disable simple file sharing?

disable guest account please.

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Currently I have Broadband Cable Internet. I use a Cable Modem and a Router. The Cable Modem is in the basement. I have a Linksys Router down there. I ran an ethernet cable from the Modem to the WAN of the Linksys. I ran an ethernet cable to the Nic card of the Basment computer from port 1. I am gettomg the internet fine down there. I have run a long eithernet cable from the Linksys port two up to second floor. Here's my problem. I have two computers up there. I bought another router, a US Robotics. I thought I could run the ethernet cable into one of the ports and then hook up the other two computers using two of the open three ports. It is not working. I can only get one computer up on the internet, the second one won't connect. They will both work if I disconnect the basement computer but for some reason I can't seem to get all three up at the same time. It's the same deal with my laptop. I can use the D-LINK and it will find the US Robitics wireless router but only if two of the other computers are not connected to the router. Any Ideas on what I'm doing wrong or what I could do to make this work?

Answer:How can I share internet on three computers and wireless laptop?

See a previous post

You're not setting up the routers correctly. You may want to read through another post which dealt with a problem similar to yours ( ).

Your two routers solution was probably overkill but should be workable. One wireless router plus one 5 or 8 port fast Ethernet switch would have been your best setup. These switches are very inexpensive. I would have put the wireless router in the basement and a network switch on the 2nd floor.

For your two router solution check out the previous post.

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I had local file sharing when my home network consisted of XP and Win 7 computers. I just right clicked on folders I wanted to share in Windows Explorer and designated them as shared. Simple and worked well. I used no sign-ins of users, and the user defaulted to Administrator. Now I have upgraded two computers to Windows 10 (one wired ethernet and one laptop wired and wireless) and added one new Windows 10 laptop that is wireless only. Windows 10 has created a default user now with a sign-in but no password. I need to move gigabites of data from computer to computer and need to read, write, and delete files from other computers on my local network.

My first attempt was to create a Homegroup and then join it with the other two computers. It essentially works, but the performance on transferring files on the wireless computer is terribly slow - unusable. It also seems to kill my internet speed. I now have all computers withdrawn from the Homegroup, although it seems to have kept the Homegroup, and keeps prompting me to join it. Can't find any way to kill it.

My second attempt was to use the File Sharing. I have two issues with that. First it seems the intent is to allow anyone on the internet to share the file, and that is the last thing I want it to do. It won't seem to let me name other users on the home network and add them. And even when I include Everyone as a share, I can't access the folders with other computers. On one I get an error message saying I have no permi... Read more

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as above, how do you get media player to allow access/share files across home wireless network. Also how do you tell what version of media player you have? any help appreciated cheers

Answer:How to share files in media player between computers?


Personally, I don't use file sharing in wireless connection. But have a look on this site:

Note, in firewall settings you should allow sharing between computers.

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I don't know anything when it comes to networking, looking for some suggestions on how to do this. the computers are going to be less then 100ft away from the access point if that makes any difference. Should i get a wireless router and put it near the first computer so i can hardwire it, then get a wireless nic card for the other computer? All i would need is a wireless router and a wireless nic right?

Also can anyone recommend any good "cheap" wireless routers? I need to have speeds of at least 1megabyte/sec. How fast are most wireless systems? Also would i be able to share files between the computers?

Answer:Cheapest way to wirelessly share internet between 2 computers?

You can place the wireless router next to one computer, and get a wired connection between that computer and the router, then have the other computer connect wirelessly with a wireless nic. If you already have a wire-nic in the first computer, that would probably be the cheapest solution.

I can't quote you speeds, perhaps someone else can, but I can tell you there are two kinds of wireless systems out there. Wireless B and G. G is faster than B, but its not like B is slow either. If you really want to make sure the system is as fast as possible, go with G. You'll need a Wireless G router and a Wireless G nic card. Both a compatible with each other, and it will just run at the slowest speed available. Meaning if you have a G router and a B nic-card, then the computer with the B nic card will run at B speeds (But it WILL run). If you have a B router and a G nic-card, the computer will run at B speeds (But it WILL run).

Yes, you can share files.

I would suggest LinkSys. They aren't the cheapest, but you don't really want to get a cheap one. I've seen "cheap" routers die pretty quick, and then you have to get another one. In the long run, its better to get a decent, moderately priced router rather than a cheap one. My suggestion is Linksys, they aren't overpriced.

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Have a Vista and Windows 8.1 computer on home network (Workgroup). I want to be able to have access to each others "Public Folder." When I try to open the other computer via network, I get a prompt asking for a password (credentials). Neither computer uses a password. Is there a way around this?

Thank you.

Answer:Credentials needed to share network computers

For both PC's:
Control Panel-> Network and Sharing Center->Change advanced sharing settings

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I know this is probably a silly question, but space is kind of an issue. However, I wouldn't necessarily want to be manually trying to change the cable back and forth all the time, either.
I'm thinking of getting him a separate system that will just have his games, no internet, no office or graphics programs, etc.....if only to shut him up. I can't take the temper tantrums every time his games have a problem and he blames all the other stuff that's on the computer.

Answer:Solved: can two computers share one monitor easily?

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And also, can one computer be Win XP, and the other be Linux?

Answer:can I share resources with 2 computers using an ethernet cable?

What do you mean by resources? If you mean RAM, CPU cycles etc then the answear is no. If you mean internet, NAS, printers, etc then yes.

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How do you setup Outlook to share contacts and automatically update between two win98 work stations on LAN

Answer:How do u share contacts in Outlook between two win98 computers on a LAN

Do you use Exchange server? If so setup a public folder to store contacts and add that as an outlook address book on both computers.

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Hi All,I've been searching for ages in these forums and Google with no luck.I have a home network set up with my Main Unit and Laptop sharing files and internet via BBand Router with no problems. However i wonder if it is possible to share the programmes of any given computeron the network with the other. In this case i want to be able to use the Office 2003 Pro on my Laptop with my main machine, just as if it was installed on the main machine - create, edit and save etc.Anyone know if this is possible ?I dont really want to have to buy another copy of Office 2003 for use on my main machine.Any help appreciated.Thanks- Steve

Answer:Share Office 2003 over all Network Computers

The Office license agreement allows you to install it on both a desktop and a laptop PC.

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