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Question: Small office network setup

hello everyone i have about 20 computer in one room. all windows 7, i want to setup some kind of network. i have one pc also with win7 and sheared one of the partitions on the PC for everyone to see... whats the best way or any ways to shear file between all computers....

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Answer: Small office network setup

Welcome to Seven Forums,

I'm assuming that there's no Windows Server (eg... Windows Server 2008/2012/SBS) in your network? What are the versions (Home, Pro or Ultimate) of these Windows 7 computers?

Will you be connecting all computers to the Internet as well? Do you have network switches? Is the setup going to be wired/wireless?

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Hello friends, my first topic here and i am glad that this is the best place where i got in,,
ok i have a small offic that has 5 computer runing with internet by bt bussiness broadband, ihave 4 ports on braodbands that are connected to my computer,, now what i want to do is,, to setup network all 4 computers to my own main/server computer,, so i can look over the files and network on other computers,,,,,,the question is how to do this,/????

your reply will be greatly appreiciated,,,,


Answer:Solved: Setup my Small office Network

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Hello everyone,
I've been tasked with setting up a network in a Doctor's office. I have thought about client-server setups as well as p2p. Being it's only going to be 5 or so computers I figured p2p would be the best option. Does anyone with experience in this have guidelines or recommendations I should follow in order to follow HIPPA standards as far as physical security etc goes?
Next, I already built some basic desktops that are more than suitable for the business. Any recommendations on OS's (They are currently loaded with XP Professional. My main concern is the server for electronic health records. That's the key in security here and I want to make sure it's done correctly. I have already have a SonicWALL sitting around for wireless N. This is my first true network setup and I'd like to make the transition as smooth as possible for myself and the business. Thanks for any help in advance.

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You really need to tread lightly with this and not think this is something you can just learn on the fly. There are serious legal consequences which can hold the Doctor, his practice, and you personally liable if the guidelines under HIPAA are not followed to the letter. You need to find someone with experience in dealing with setting up IT systems under HIPAA guidelines. I personally wouldn't tackle this job myself if I didn't have anyone guiding me through what needs to be done. And this is with past experience setting up and working with classifed government networks.

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Question: small office setup

I have three different laptops trying to access a server via a new Linksysy 802.11g wireless router. I set up a WPA encryption key.

Computer #1, a Sony VAIO with internal wi-fi, had no problems connecting through the new router to the server.
Computer #2, a Compaq utilizing a Linksys wireless card, doesn't see the server or identify the router. I think this needs a new driver so I'll download that tomorrow.
Computer #3, a Dell laptop with internal wi-fi, automatically recognized the wireless network but doesn't ever ask for the WPA key so it has never connected. For this computer, how do you make it ask for the encryption key? I feel like if I could just get it to do that it would work fine. Help?


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What Operating System and service pack leve are you on for each computer?

If you don't have an option for WPA in your Wireless network configuration you may need a new driver. If you are on Windows XP you need to be on SP1a with the WPA update or SP2.

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Question: Small Office Setup

Hi all,

I work in a small office where we have one PC desktop (windows7 Pro), one Mac, and one PC (windows7 Home Prem.). I would like to use the PC desktop as a server for sharing files with the Mac and Laptop. I have a lynksys router already setup for internet use and the PC desktop has a 1terabyte external hardrive (seagate) that stores all files via usb port. I think I have all that I need, but would appreciate any advice.


Answer:Small Office Setup

Using a NAS (Network Attached Storage) is better, but since you already have the external hard drive that will be OK if it meets your needs. Remember to backup frequently, as external hard drives also fail.

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Hi All,

Recently, I have been appointed by my boss to set up a server and networking in my office. Here's the scenario for which I need your help. This is going to be long term project for me since we are on a limited funding.

I already have 5 computers (4 dual core desktops and 1 core i7 with win 7) and I need to setup a server for mainly:
1. Store lots of office files, videos
2. Share internet (will also be installing a VSAT) ( and will NOT we be hosting our website on this server)
3. Share printing
4. Run a Human Resource Management database on the server
So, what type of server setup do I need to do all these?
I was thinking of linux OS since I use it but then would hamper the other staff's performance. Since ou r ofice desktops already have an operating system, I think it would be cost effective & secure to go for a linux server right? I was thinking I'd go with a ubuntu server edition LTS. Our country's e-governance policy also encourages the use of Open Source Software.
I have experience in networking few desktops but never actually worked with a server, but I'm always enthusiastic about learning. Plus, I have learned all I know bout computers by trying and no formal training.

All your help and tips would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance!

Answer:Small Office Server Setup Help

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Hi everyone,
Hopefully here I can get some advice on what to do.

My friend has a law firm in a very small office. At any given time there are not more than 4 employees using computers. The office has 5 computers in total I believe, and a server computer.

The server is VERY old and is running some old version of windows server edition. The office is not using a domain.

The computer do not need to access each other, only the server, where all the files for cases are stored.

I am thinking I can simply replace the server computer with a new one and use a regular version of windows and a simple workgroup for this office. Would this be ok?

If I were to do this, would windows XP pro be sufficient for the server, or windows 7?

The client computers will all be using either XP pro or windows 7.

I've also read about the possibility of a linux server. This is fine with me as long as it is very easy to set up, and all the windows computer will be able to access it without a problem. The server is used for nothing but storage of case files which must be accessible by all computers. It is not used for printing or anything else.

Although computer don't need to share files with other computers, they should be able to print from printers attached to other printers.

There is also a BizHub600, and it would be nice to be able to scan documents from that ,directly to computers around the office.

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Answer:help! networking setup for a small office

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Hey all,

So my office is going from digital phones to VoIP due to some changes in our ISP subscription. We've gotten quotes from two companies, both in the $20k+ range for a 17-line system. I recognize there are cheaper ways to do this, but that's not my instructions here. My instructions are merely to evaluate if it is possible and/or cheaper to install the same components ourselves (ignoring whether or not the third-party will support if we do that).

We've currently got a Linksys EA4500 (or something like that) and a 24-port 10/100 switch feeding the data network. The digital phones are wired on a separate block with RJ11. The plan would be to do an Avaya IP Office setup (IP500 v2 controller with a combo card) and a 24-port POE gig switch to run data and voice.

What I'm less certain about, having not set up a VoIP system before, is the layout of the cabling. Please let me know if I'm thinking of this right

ISP -> Modem -> Router -> VoIP -> Switch -> POE phones
That would put the router to be the DHCP server and then the VoIP into the switch

ISP -> Modem -> Router -> Switch -> VoIP ||| Switch -> POE phones
This would go from the Router to the Switch, just in case there's some weird routing that would occur in the VoIP controller that might make the switch angry

I'm really not sure if either of these options really make a difference, but I figured I'd check. Both sale... Read more

Answer:Small Office VoIP Setup

Doubtful the 3rd party is going to support virtually anything if you try to end run around some of the equipment in the proposal and cut his fees. He'll blame every problem on your part of the process.

So it boils down to either go fully supported, or roll your own with asterisk/freeswitch/cisco/lync/hosted ip pbx.

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Hey there,

1st post here, hello to everyone!

A bit about myself:
Up until 2 yrs ago, I have been working many contracted roles as IT support guy in mostly larger enterprise level companies. The past 2 yrs I have been self-employed taking on mostly large scale Vista Enterprise/Office 2007 roll-outs, as part of the Planning/Implementation/Deployment team(s).

I am now between contracts and have a new opportunity;
I have been contracted to help maintain an existing small office network for a friend.
I have been there once for about 15 minutes, don't really have any info gathered about the setup there, except for what was verbalized to me from one of the office girls. (I was told she has somewhat of an understanding of the setup there)

1 MS Business Server 2003
3 or 4 client machines. a couple laptops and and a couple desktops.
Mixed client machines; XP & Windows 7
1 networked laser printer & 1 networked scanner

Not sure of the security or firewall setup as of yet.
I am going in there this morning to do some information gathering.

Their needs up to this point:
Remote access for the CFO (we have a laptop that the previous CFO used to remote into that can be used) • Remote access for myself on my mac
• Give Braeden access to the network & ability to scan
• Darlene’s issues:
cannot scan
cannot d/l pics from camera
allow access to simply
• Look at why space on the Y drive is running out
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Answer:Small office IT support setup

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Hello all
I need some input on setting up a small office VoIP System.
The setup would have four phones and would have need for voicemail, music-on-hold, and more. Looking to do a good setup for under 2-3K


Answer:Small Office VoIP Setup - Need suggestions

i dunno much about it, but people rave about Asterik or TrixBox. Grab that, grab the FXO card and some IP Phones.

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Setting up a small office network & home network

Hello fellow hard forum members,
I’m a newbie and have little experience in setting up a small office and home network. I have searched many threads and tried many possible ways to setup a network, yet I can’t seem to get it working correctly. This may seem like a stupid question but can someone please help!

Here is what I am trying to do: Office Network
Setup a small office network of a total of 3 computers.
*(Computer A) main computer that is hooked up to a printer and has internet connection.
*(Computer B) another computer that will share the printer, documents and internet connection of computer A.
*(Laptop) will share internet connection, printer and documents from computer A.
(This laptop will be also used at home on my home network as well) Is this possible? Can my laptop be a part of an office network and when I take it home at night, can it also link to my home network?

Here is the setup:
**All computers already have a working network card; this will be a WIRED network here at the office.

Computer A – Windows 2000 Server OS
Computer B – Windows 2000 Server OS
Laptop – Windows XP Pro OS

Router: Linksys BEFSR41 V.2
DSL Modem: Speedstream 5100 Service by SBC
All Ethernet wires are currently hooked up to router

Here is where I am at so far:
**Computer A currently has internet connection and is sharing the printer and documents
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Answer:Calling all NETWORK EXPERTS!!! Setting up a small office network & home network

2x computers..both running Windows 2000 Server? And they're being used like desktop computers? That's pretty expensive.

Is one of them running active directory, and the other a member server?

Guide to help with TCP setup on a domain behind a broadband router

Yes a laptop can be a member of the domain, and be taken off the network...and still do a domain login..NT can cache the login credentials locally.

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I keep getting an error saying that "Microsoft Office Small Buisiness 2007 has encountered an error during setup" when trying to install Office '07, the installer goes halfway and then just goes to that screen. No error code, just a dummy message. Thanks Microsoft.

It was installed earlier, but Outlook started acting funny, so I tried to uninstall, it wouldn't so I had to manually uninstall it, and now it won't reinstall.

I can give more details later. It's REALLY late right now.

Answer:Microsoft Office Small Buisiness 2007 Has Encountered An Error During Setup

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I have a client with two dell computers. He does quickbooks on one and office stuff on the other or someone else is using it for office work. He wants to backup stuff simple. Like push a button or click an icon and it does it for both pcs.

I was thinking a usb external drive like a one touch. Should i do a NAS instead so both computers and put their files on it. Im sure he would like to store music there too and stream it since he doesnt want to put them on this important pc.

The main pc has a 40gb so im sure its not going to be much to back up. Maybe a 160 nas encloser or something he can just have in a cabnet. Can you backup to them with the windows backup program or do i need ghost or something.

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Hey guys. I'm currently trying to help someone set up a small secure network except i do not know the best way to include everything.
Basically there is a bus that is used almost as a command post. i need to set up a network that gets internet via satellite. except the only downside is that i don't know the best way to connect everything to it.

What needs to be configured into the network is:
10 laptops
1 main printer (which all laptops can print from)
3-6 sub printers ( which may still be on the network but more local then the main)
a readyNAS for file sharing
internal email.
and the ability to do both wireless and wired internet.
- basically in the bus should be allowed to do both, but the wireless needs the ability to be read up to
100 yards away.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be very helpful. Thanks a head of time.
~~ blades

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Right i have 3 win xp pcc's all with 10/100 ports - and i have one main printer which has a rj45 port for being a network printer and then i have a 4port (3347wg) broadband router for the broadband connection - unfortunately 3 ports on the broadband router are taken by win98 and 2000 pc's which i dont want on the network -
i need for all 3 win xp pcs to be able to accsess the printer and the internet-
so i am not quite sure how to hook it all up.. i dont mind picking up an extra router if i need. whats the simplest less technical way of running it?

Answer:nsure about small network setup

So you have a 4 port router with 3 ports taken... Uhh, and you do not want them on your netowork. OK, so 3 - 3 = 0, so we have 4 ports free. So go ahead plug in the 3 machines and you network printer into the router. Your router will then assign an IP address to all of the devices. OK, now plug in your internet connection to the router. OK now all 3 machines should be able to share the same internet connection.

As for your printer, your going to need to use the add printer wizard, and (Gosh its been a while since ive set one up) and i belive your going to add a "Local" printer to each computer. Then your going to need to select "add port" "TCP/IP" and then insert the IP address in there of whatever your router assigned to it.

Tha might be totally wrong, and you just might have to add a netowrk printer and then seach for it under there, or search for it using the IP address the router gave to it. I can fully remember so hopefully someone else here can tell you better.

Now if you wanting to keep the exsiting 3 machines on the nework, your going to need to buy a switch/hub. Its not more dificult at all, just some more wires. You would just plug one end of the cable to the rounter and another end to the switch/hub that has the "Extension Port" but I belive most are auto detectable now. and then plug all the devices you need into both the rounter and switch/hub, and then your good to go.

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I have a small network, just 4 machines that are connected using a hub. Only one of them has internet access, that pc has 2 NICs and is connected directly to the DSL router. Now i want another PC to get online, the easy way to do so would be to get another cable from the DSL router to the PC i that i want it to have internet, but since the router is like 100 meter away that is not an option. My question is: Since all the PCs are connected, how do i share the connection of the PC that currently has Internet with the other PC? I try using the "Network Setup Wizard" but that didn't help.

All the PCs are running WinXP SP2, all have administrator accounts and limited user accounts. Wifi is not a no go btw.

Answer:how setup Internet in a small network pc

"Internet Connection Sharing"

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Hi guys,

I've been trying for a while now, to connect 3 of my computers in a small home network. As far I understand all I have to do is have a wireless router.. and then put all 3 computers under the same workgroup, then they should be able to see each other. I do have a trend micro firewall, which I put under the profile small home network.

Anyone know why I can't see my other computers...? or a way to get more information of why I can't see them?


Answer:trying to setup a small home network.

As long as they are all in the same LAN you will be able to connect to each other. Ensure Network Discovery is enabled.

Use the same username and password on each computer and it will save you the trouble of re-authenticating.

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I wanted to setup a small home network but unsure which operating system i should use it does not have to be high end as long as i can share files between computers that is pretty much all i need i am running windows 7 on two computers and windows xp on the thrid one any ideas or suggestions?

Answer:Want to setup a small home network

I am using Windows 7 for my network. The Homegroup makes sharing and streaming almost too simple.

While my wife's laptop is running XP it hasn't been booted up since I built the HTPC for the living room. If/when I get around to it I will map the storage drive to it.

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I am going to school for computers and would like to practice at home, I have 4 computers that I would like to run like a work place. So I would like to set up my computer as the admin, and the others to be controlled by the admin pc, like say to set settings, view the desktops, remote control them, send network messages, ect..

Does anyone have or know of a good tutorial for this? I am not sure what to google for the answer. Plus I figured that some of you may have allready have done this and could offer good suggestions and such. Thanks!

Answer:How do I setup a small windows network?

what is it you want to do? to setup a home network is fairly simple. in XP you put them all in the same workgroup. that will allow to see them, after that you can remote into them share printers and files as long as you have a user with the same password on all of them

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Hey, so I have to go see some people tomorrow and setup a network for their construction company. There are only 4-5 users, all running windows 7 (I think, only saw a few of the comps today), and they want to be able to share every printer in the office.

I don't think any of the printers are wireless, and I believe all the computers are connected to the internet directly through ethernet cords. They had me put in another ethernet jack in their building last week and I got to see the setup they have in the back.

Here is a diagram of their current setup.

A few things that confused me: In the diagram you'll see "Wireless radio" I put that there because I'm honestly not sure what it is. I think it broadcasts wireless internet through the building, but there is only one ethernet jack on it and it is connected straight into the dsl modem. Nothing else connects to it. I wish I had a picture, but it is a tower like device that looks like a giant inverted Y, about a foot tall.

The dsl modem also puzzles me. It has several ports running to the various devices (as you can see in the diagram) but there does not appear to be a router. In my setup at work, we have a cable modem that feeds to a router, then from the router to all the devices/switches. The router handles DHCP and all that jazz.

I take it that this dsl modem is handling all that since there is no router? (Or could that be handled through the inverted Y thing?)

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Answer:Unsure of how to setup a small business network

EDIT: I found the inverted Y thing!

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Hello gurus,

I need to set up a small network of 6 pc's that will share one internet connection, and a printer. What hardware do I need other than the pc's? Other than the operating system software for the pc's (Windows 95/98), what other software do I need? This is a project a friend of mine is letting me do at his office so that I can gain some experience in networking. He has someone standing by to help me when/if I get stumped, but I know that the gurus here at Tech Support Guy can get me through this. How hard is this going to be? Anyone know of a place where I can get all the info I need to set up this network?

Thanks a bunch,
You guys (and gals) are all AWESOME!!!!


Answer:{Advice Offered} - setup of a small network

1) Will this be a peer to peer network or will you have a server on the network?

2) What type of internet connection will you be sharing?

3) How are you planning to share the connection? Hardware?

4) What type of printing services do you want to provide the network? Will they just use print sharing or will you provide a centralized network printer?

Hardware needed:
1) A NIC in each PC of course, I prefer 3com 10/100 NIC's.

2) A Hub. Go for something with a few more ports then you actually need. You have 6 systems so I would go for a 12 or 16 port hub. This will give you great options for expansion. Don't buy a cheap hub. I would recommend a Dlink 10/100 autosensing hub or a HP 10/100 hub. You really can't go wrong with HP.(IMO)

3) Internet sharing solution. What ever you use you need some type of firewall. There are several avialable. I've used webramps but, I wasn't real impressed with the options avialable and configurability. There are several available and you should check all the options and features befor you by it.

4) If you aren't going to have a server but want network printing type services you can put an Intel print manager in place. There are a couple to choose from.

Let us know how you get on.

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Hi. I am trying to set up a small office network to share the files between 2/3 PC's all running Windows XP. I am starting with 1 PC and a laptop which both have Belkin MIMO wireless adapters installed and I have a Belking MIMO router connected to the PC. We only have dial up internet connection so am not trying to share internet access.What I have done so far is:-Installed network adaptersConnected router to PC using yellow network cableBoth computers can connect to the router so am assuming this I have done correctlyI have tried to set both computers up into the same workgroup and have selected option for File & Printer sharing & I have made a main folder on the PC sharedWhen I go into my Network Places I can see the workgroup but cannot access it on either computer and am now totally stuck.I only do my job once a week and am classed as the IT dept (it's a small place!!) and I am now thinking I've got more on my hands than I can deal with!Am I right in thinking I should be able to share files between the 2 (eventually 3) computers using the router and network adapters? Also on another computer in ipconfig I do not get an IP address only 'Windows IP Configuration', how can I solve this so I can get this PC to join the network when eventually it all works (hopefully).Thanks very much (my job depends on this!!!)Alison

Answer:Help to set up small office network

You are on the right track, you say you have enabled file and print sharing and have selected a folder for sharing. Two things to look at are "Sharing Permissions" and "Security" both can be accessed by right clicking on the folder and selecting either "Sharing and security" or "Properties".This is what I would do; first make sure that all the users? names on one computer are also on the other computer(s). For example if you had a user called "bob" on one computer create a new account on the other computer also called "bob". (Even if they don?t use that computer)Also create passwords for all users and keep the passwords for each user the same on both computers.Once that is done then go back into the "Sharing Permissions" and make sure that the users you wish to have access to the folder are allowed.Do the same with the file security.I would also disable windows firewall on the network card that you are using on both computers and check if any other firewall or security software is running, if so configure it to allow file and print sharing.

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I have just moved to a new office and need to link my 2 laptops to a Desktop I want to use as a file Service and also to 2 printers that have USB connections only. I have Broadband and my router has 4 Ethernet connections.Is there an easy way I can link all my kit so they all talk to each other ??Thanks

Answer:Small Office Network

If the laptops are wireless, then your best route would be to purchase a wirless router / modem combination, WITH a USB port for the printer:along the lines of:click here

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Here is my problem. Where I work, we have 3 different routers connected together to make our net work. I want to change to one router. The problem is, I need a 24 port router with wireless connections. Is there a router out there that has this? We have a lot of equipment that is only able to connect through hardwire to the network. We also need to connect laptops wirelessly to the network. Do they make a large multi-port/wireless router?

Answer:Small office network.

There is nothing on the low end level of what you ask for.

My suggestion is take out the 3 routers out. Buy a simple 4 port wireless router and then buy a 24 port switch and piggy back the switch off one of the 4 ports. That gives you a grand total of 26 hardwire ports available (23 for the switch, 3 for the router with one port on each taken going between the 2), this gets rid of 2 routers and eliminates you down to only 2 devices.

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Hi everyone,
This is my first post, i am asked to design a network for a doctors' office. Below are the details and need some ideas.
The new office facility has three doctors' offices, one manager's office, a nursing station, five patient rooms, the receptionist's desk, a waiting room for patients, and a lounge/break room that doubles as a conference area for occasional meetings. There is also a wiring closet near the manager's office.
The doctors have asked for network access in each doctor's office, the manager's office, the reception desk, two ports in the nursing station, and one in each patient room. They would also like to have a public wireless network in the waiting room for patients, and a private wireless network that covers the lounge/break room and all doctor and patient rooms. You may assume all computer stations are within 100 meters of the wiring closet, and there is a false ceiling that allows for easy access to wiring in any direction.

Answer:Small office network

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We presently have two computers networked in our small office. The network connection has worked for years. We replaced our old router with a Linksys router several months ago, and everything worked great. When one computer recently crashed, we replaced it with a more powerful computer running Windows XP (the other is running Windows98). Now these computers cannot "see" one another, although they both have access to the internet so I know the router is working. Both computers are set to "obtain an IP address automatically." The people we bought the new computer from won't come to us, and suggested I disconnect both computers and bring them there, but I want to resolve it without disconnecting. Can anyone help? Thanks.

Answer:network in small office

Welcome to TSG!
Seems many have problems network sharing WinXP with Win98 or WinME machines.
I suggest installing Netbeui to aid in local communication of the two systems.
Here is Another Thread which lists some items to look for and supplies a nother link to del's post on setting up netbeui on a WinXP machine.
After you have successfully set up the netbeui protocol then shutdown and restart both machines.

Let us know how your are proceeding.


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I am having a similar problem.. All the PC's are XP pro but we have no 'server' and want to password protect some shared folders. Problem is we have a generic login on each machine (each machine is used by multiple people) so can't use the machines login to act as the id to access the shares.

We need it to ask for a password when someone tries to access the shared folder.

An easy thing to do in Win98se but with XP i'm stumped.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Small Office Network

even though it appears you're having the same problem, please start a new thread. It's very difficult to keep two problems straight and who's working on what in a single thread. Thanks for your cooperation.

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i am working with 4-5 pc's that i want to set a network up with. I don't want to set any of them up as a server. They are all conected to the same router and dsl line. what would be the easiest way to share files, i was thinking about setting up a domain and setting a few security groups. any responses or links would be helpful. thanks..

Answer:very small office network

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I wish to network my home pc with a laptop. I have installed a PCI card in th PC and bought a xover cable, (the laptop has ethernet connection), I have run the wizard on PC and done the floppy into the laptop. They are both showing that the connection is running. I have shared all of the drives but the 2 will not see each others drives???DOH. Can someone help please.ThanksRobby

Answer:How do i sent up a small office network

Firewall's at all?

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I had setup a network with 3 computers all using XP Pro. They were hooked into a hub, and the network was used just for file and printer sharing. Everything worked fine. They then got DSL and wanted to do internet sharing as well. I got a linksys router and hooked them back up. They all have internet now, but two of the computers can not access the third one. The third can access the other two. They can see the third computer on the network, but can not see any of its shares. When I try to open the computer over the network I get xxxxx is not accessible. You may not have permission to use this network resource.

I have tried unsharing/resharing, uninstall/reinstall network components, nothing works. One other note I can send messages to the third computer using net send. It is in the workgroup, but just won't allow file sharing.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:XP Small Office Network

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Ok, there are 3 of us connected with a router. We all ran the network set wizard and all has been fine forever. Today the other 2 computers are no longer in my Network Places. They can see me, but I can not see them. I did not change a thing. Booted up and they were gone. I use QuickBooks on one of the other computer so it is kinda a must to connect. I have dinked with it all day, but cant figure it out....prob cuz when it comes to these issues I am lost..

Thanks for any help guys.

Answer:Need help on small office Network

Can you ping the other two computers? Can you access them using \\ip here or \\computer name here? Are you running a firewall localy on the computers or just using the router as a firewall?

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I run a small business and have 3 pc's w/ Win 98 on all ; and would like to make one a file server. Just to store files and to have admin rights on. All 3 pc's already have either-net cards in them . Can anyone help w/ this small problem?

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Help please for the conversion of a dial up PAYG connection to a proper broadband system for a small charity organisation with minimal IT support.We plan to replace the incoming BT phone point with an adapted NT5 face plate. (This will avoid having microfilters everywhere) From that we would run about 8 voice only telephone sockets and one ADSL only connection to a dedicated ADSL socket.A router would connect into that socket and 4 computers on individual cables into the 4 sockets on the router. Two of these would be about 40m away from the router. I think that this would suffice. (A trial using a wireless modem/router did not transmit due to the ancient structure and distance in the building and would need IT skills which we do not have)Any comments or further advice on the above?Thanks in anticipation

Answer:Small Office Network

Looks like you have your network pretty well figured out already. If you happen to choose a router that has wifi included, don't forget to switch the service off or at least secure it. Either that or buy a wires-only router.

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I have a small office with 3 pc's in and need to network them all together so we can share files etc over the network, on Windows 7, it worked fine but now on Windows 10 it don't seem to work, the pc's are on private network and all connected via ethernet cables going from the each PC into one network hub with ethernet ports
it keeps saying enter your network credentials but not sure what they are and did not have to enter them in when we was all on Windows 7
Can anyone help please
Thank you in advance
Kind regards

Answer:pc help small office network

I have a small office with 3 pc's in and need to network them all together so we can share files etc over the network, on Windows 7, it worked fine but now on Windows 10 it don't seem to work, the pc's are on private network and all connected via ethernet cables going from the each PC into one network hub with ethernet ports
it keeps saying enter your network credentials but not sure what they are and did not have to enter them in when we was all on Windows 7
Can anyone help please
Thank you in advance
Kind regards
UPDATE: I found out that my PC is Windows 10 Home and the other PC that is the main server one is Windows 10 Pro, would that make a difference?

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Hi, thanks for looking at this post. I manage a small company network where the MS Access database is accessed from several PCs on the Network. I'm curious on people's thoughts on the best way to avoid any downtime or issues on the files held. Any suggestions welcome.

Answer:Network Backup for Small Office Network

Perhaps have the database installed on all of the PC's and synchronised with the main PC where the main PC synchronises and holds the parent database.
I have this set up at home where my main PC has all the base information and every change within that PC is synchronised across to my other units so that in the event of any failure the latest info is on every unit.

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My home now have 5pcs windows base pc, i have a 1mbps ADSL line internet broadband.

1. If now i have 1pcs ADSL modem(no rounter function), 1pcs 16ports 10/100 switch, and i only want among this 5pcs PC, have 2pcs PC only can access internet. how to setup?

2. If now i have 1 pcs ADSL modem(with rounter & switch-8ports function), and i only want among this 5pcs PC, have 2pcs only can access internet. how to setup?

Thank you for answer my question.

Answer:how to setup a small network with internet access control.

hocheetiong said:

My home now have 5pcs windows base pc, i have a 1mbps ADSL line internet broadband.

1. If now i have 1pcs ADSL modem(no rounter function), 1pcs 16ports 10/100 switch, and i only want among this 5pcs PC, have 2pcs PC only can access internet. how to setup?

2. If now i have 1 pcs ADSL modem(with rounter & switch-8ports function), and i only want among this 5pcs PC, have 2pcs only can access internet. how to setup?

Thank you for answer my question.Click to expand...

Firstly, get a router. The router should have DHCP turned on by default. Let the router issue out IP info to the PC's you want to have internet access. On the PC's you don't want to have internet access, assign them IP's manually, and just do not include the gateway or DNS information. That will keep them on your LAN, but with no internet.

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Hey [H]. So I will be the first to say I know shit when it comes to networking. I know the basic jist of everything and can google search problems when they happen but when it comes down to getting everything setup and what to use.... Whooosh!
For my company, I am the Office Manager and help desk per say. My office location is only 10 people. We are currently breaking ground on a new building and we are starting fresh with everything.

Our office layout we are going to have about 40 data/voip drop points around the building. We have a company that is coming out to run the lines and get our voip setup but they do not handle routers, switches, etc.

We connect through a VPN to our corporate office but other than that we are pretty much a stand alone office. Our only connection to our corporate office is for AS400. I believe we also have a static IP..... again WHOOOSH. Other than that we host our own files, which isnt much, maybe 20gb/year.

I am in the auto industry so 99% of our stuff is still printed.
Currently the setup I am looking at is

7-10 windows users
1 windows basic central file server/door card access server

The majority of our business is done through phone calls and email. The file server will retain documents from vendors such as quotes, formal business letters, etc. My office does not retain any financial information, all of the important documents are stored at our corporate office.

Now to my questions. I do not know where to start when it comes to switch... Read more

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I have 2 lenovo h320 desktop running 7 pro 64 and a dell laptop running 7 pro 32. I have a seagate blackarmor 220 nas as well as a netgear srxn3205 wireless vpn firewall router.

My first issue is setting up homegroup... I can create one on any pc and see it to join on the other 2 but when i enter the password it tells me I have a network problem. I can ping each pc's ip address from the others. I have checked all the typical fixes, ipv6 enabled... Need some help please.

Secondly, I need help understanding the network layout and how the NAS plays a role in the mapping. When I map the network it shows the 3 pcs all conected to the router and to the internet but it shows the NAS as other devices at the bottom. I have mapped a few folders from the NAS to each pc and can see as well as use them but not sure why it is not part of the map.

Thank you very much for help.

Answer:Need help setting up small office network with a NAS.

what I do with my nas is simply create a desktop shortcut of //
Where is the ip of the nas.

I have mapped it as a drive in the past, but this has always lead to a problem at some point. In xp it once lead to a slew of system errors when the NAS was turned off when the system was booted.
So I've dropped the mapping option for the simple shortcut.
The result is the same anyhow.

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How do I set up? Is this correct sequence?

1. From ATT modem DSL router to
2. Ubiquiti point to point then to
3. Ubiquiti point to point then down to
4. 8 port switch, from here to
5. Ubiquiti Access points then to
6. Pc clients

What is the role of the switch here? Does it needs to be configured in desktop Pc? Does access points needs to be configured as well?

Thank you

Answer:Help build small office network

is this a homework question? or are you actually trying to install a network using those varying pieces of hardware. If you are actually trying to install & configure, then I strongly suggest you call an expert in now & save money and heartbreak down the line when nothing works properly or the hackers take over the network.

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I have a small office with 3 pc's in and need to network them all together so we can share files etc over the network, on Windows 7, it worked fine but now on Windows 10 it don't seem to work, the pc's are on private network and all connected via ethernet cables going from the each PC into one network hub with ethernet ports
it keeps saying enter your network credentials but not sure what they are and did not have to enter them in when we was all on Windows 7

I found out that my PC is Windows 10 Home and the PC that is being used as the server called OFFICESERVER-PC is running Windows 10 Pro, would that make a difference?
Can anyone help please
Thank you in advance
Kind regards

Answer:Windows 10 small office network help

Try This:
I will say this for Windows networking. It is terrible! - Page 2 - Windows 10 Forums

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Hello everyone!
On our office we have a small local network that connects to the internet through one "server" pc with shared internet connection.
The connection is as follows:
pc 1 :
-windows xp professional
-shared internet connection
-connected to router and switch(
-2 network adapters

All other computers are connected to switch and to the internet through pc1.

The problem is that if one connects to the network through cable , he can't share files with the one connected wireless.
So should I bridge the two connections on pc1 or should I connect the router directly on the switch?

Thank you in advance

Answer:Small Office Network advice

Anyone please?

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I have a small office with 3 pc's in and need to network them all together so we can share files etc over the network, on Windows 7, it worked fine then but now on Windows 10 it don't seem to work, the pc's are on private network and all connected via ethernet cables going from the each PC into one network hub with ethernet ports, it keeps saying enter your network credentials but not sure what they are and did not have to enter them in when we was all on Windows 7

I found out that my PC and the second PC is Windows 10 Home and the PC that is being used as the server called OFFICESERVER-PC is running Windows 10 Pro, would that make a difference?

Can anyone help please

Thank you in advance

Kind regards


Answer:Windows 10 small office network help

Please confirm that you have turned off password protected sharing.

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i have 3 computers one laptop 2 desktops all located in different areas of the office. i would like to share files between the three. i have tried using microsoft wizard to setup a network but am having difficulty with it. all three computers show up in the workgroup but i can not access any folders no permission i guess. i have tried turning off firewalls on all computers but still cant access. any help woul;d be greatly appreciated.

operating systemsfor all comp.-- xp

Answer:Setting up a small office network

Do you have File and Printer Sharing Enabled?
Do you have any folders shared?

Are the computer XP home or Pro and what service pack?
Do you have the same usernames and passwords on each machine?

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Im going to build a server for an office I'm moving into wtihin the next couple of weeks.

The "server" - or so im calling it, will be used as a whore for file sharing/storage, and the tape drive will be on this box as well. But im not hosting anything off of it such as domains, its just simply a computer on the network that will be used for backup and sharing...

My question begins with, Is there ANY reason why i should be purchasing server grade hardware and components for this build, as well as Xp pro instead of Server 2003? And for the Tape drive (backup) to work, does it need to be more of a "server" rather than a p2p type of network?

-BTW networking has been something im trying to get my hands dirty with more and more in small office networks over the past 6 months, so be kind if you would!

Answer:Network Server for small office Q's...

justaddboost said:

The "server" - or so im calling it, will be used as a whore for file sharing/storage, and the tape drive will be on this box as well. But im not hosting anything off of it such as domains, its just simply a computer on the network that will be used for backup and sharing...

My question begins with, Is there ANY reason why i should be purchasing server grade hardware and components for this build, as well as Xp pro instead of Server 2003? And for the Tape drive (backup) to work, does it need to be more of a "server" rather than a p2p type of network?Click to expand...

Server grade hardware will give you redundancy and longer equipment life (normally). Depending on how important your uptime is and if your backups work and are trusted. Tape backups are known to fail without notice till it is too late. P2P or a domain is up to you. If you don't have that many workstations P2P is easier but if you have many then a domain comes into play.

With a File/Print/Backup Server I would look at Hardware Raid, Redundant power supplies at the least.

IMO, as for a File/Print/Backup Server I would look at Samba for file and print sharing, BackupPC for PC backups. I also Rsync my servers at night to off site locations.

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I am trying to set up a small office connection in Philippines. I have an internet connection with the telephone company here. The connection to the internet is alright but after setting up the other computers in the group I cannot connect the other PC's. I am wondering what I am missing out in the configuration. I have the IP numbers and the other PC's show they are enabled but do not connect to the server. Any assistance would be welcome. I can assure you the IT business is upto date here.

Answer:Small office network connection

What is the make and model of the router and the modem that you are using ?

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I am working on a network in a small office. It is set up where there are 6 winxp computers hooked into a switch and networked to the internet. Now the office manager wants a laptop in her office networked to her computer. I installed the network with a cat6 going from the laptop to the switch and cat5 from the pc to the switch and cat5 from dsl to the switch. i get internet on both laptop and pc, but they are not seeing each other and i need to printer share...anyone have any suggestions?

Answer:help! help! Small office network problems

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Friend of mine setting up a small business and reached out for help setting up a small network for the office. The goal is to have 2 desktop computers, one for his office, another for the receptionist. And ideally expandable so as and when the company grows other computers can be added. Also wireless so a laptop can be used and clients can access the net when they are on site.

They also asked for help backing up data.

Where do I begin to help?
What hardware and software to get them started?
What are key considerations?
What should he budget for equipment?
He's also looking to install a basic phone system. Should integration to the network be a consideration?

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What is the best way to setup a small business network? Cheapest?

Here are my needs:
- 5 PCs
- All running XP and MS Office
- share the same printer
(that is about it for the requirements... not to complicated)

Is there a way to use a server and 5 terminals?
Or is it cheaper, better to buy 5 PCs with Office and XP on them?

Then just have a wireless network to connect them.

You can not run Office on a server can you?

Answer:small office network, windows XP

Probably won't be cheaper to buy the 5 PCs with Office and XP, but it would be more efficient in the long run.

Running a server with terminals (even with only 5 PCs) can be strenuous on the network if they were all being used and pulling data at the same time.

My opinion: With only 5 PCs, make a P2P network, wireless or wired, install the print device on one machine and share the printer out, you can map the printer on the other machines.

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Hi all. I have a small office network to set up but im not TOTALLY sure how to go about it! I was hoping to iron out a few points on here.

As Im sure you'll ask for the details; here is the current setup:

4 computers running XP pro, networked together as a workgroup.

I am planning to install a server and create a domain.

The part where I am getting stuck is the email.

Basically, they all need email access, now Im wondering should I just set everyone up with outlook, or should I setup exchange server? - is exchange swerver useful in this situation or not?

If anyone could give me some help I would greatly appreciate it.


Answer:Help setting up a small office network

Truthfully in your situation I would just set up outlook and forget exchange. It will save you money and resources.

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My office just moved to a bigger location, and we are having trouble with network connectivity.

Current layout:
Modem --- Wired-----> 2wire 5012NV ------wired/wireless----> PCs

The 2wire is at one end of the office, and PCs at the other end experience poor wireless connectivity.

I'm thinking of using a spare WRT54G2 in "bridged" mode, to extend the Ethernet, and wireless of the main router.

For wired bridging, I understand that that the WRT54G2 will do, is act as a "port multipler", where 1 port from the 2wire can be multiplied into 4. I also want the wrt54g2's wireless to extend the Ethernet connection (not extend the wireless connection).

New layout:
Modem --- Wired-----> 2wire 5012NV ------wired/wireless----> PCs
***************************************** -------wired----> WRT54G2 ------wired/wireless----> PCs

I'm wondering if this is possible?

Answer:Need help with bridging small office network

You're better off getting a quality business grade router....and then running an access point off of it, locating that access point rather centralized in the office. Those 2Wire units...not worth dog doo-doo on the bottom of your shoe.

As a mid-way plan...leave the 2Wire gateway as your only NAT/router, and just disable the wireless off of it..and place an access point in the middle of your office.

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The network, established 3 - 4 yrs, comprises 3 computers running Win98 and a 'server' runing Win NT. All are connected via a 5 port Belkin network switch. The network failed and because all of the link lights on the switch were flickering I decided to replace. I now have one computer, Win 98, which fails to give a green link light at the switch and cannot log on. I replaced the network card in that machine but the problem persists. An alternative computer attached to the ethernet cable confirms that the cable is sound with a green link light at the switch. Where do I look next ?

Answer:Small office network problem

Have you tried re-establising the link in win98, deleteing the old info and re-setting it up again. It may be that the link has become corrupted on the drive as you know the hardware is sound.Just a thought.

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I'm acting as the IT guy for the small business that I work for. We're moving from a peer-to-peer network to a server based network. I have planned the network and purchased the server (Dell SC440), switch, and server OS (SBS 2003) to get everything up and running. I have a couple of questions before I do anything:

1. Can I connect the cable modem directly to the switch, or does there have to be a router between the to (and if so, why)?

2. Can I set up the network a little at a time without affecting some computers? What I'd like to do is:

-get the switch in place and connect all existing computers to it as-is so the p2p network is still in place and fully functioning

-connect the server to the switch and get it up and running

-one by one, connect computers to the server (domain)

Although I'm confident that I can get this set up properly, I don't want to take the entire network down at once.

3. Are there any good 'networking' books? I have the Windows SBS server books, but that is there anything that's more general to networking/IT and somebody new to it like me?

I'd be happy to provide any additional information necessary, and I welcome any comments or suggestions. Thank you!

Answer:New Small Office Network - Transition

You can't connect the cable modem directly to the switch. If you want the server to be the gateway for the Internet, you'll have to connect the modem to the server. If you want the Internet to be independent of the server, use a broadband router.

Your idea of migrating them slowly is sound, no sense in taking everyone down if you have problems.

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Hi. I have a small office network to set up for database but i dont know much about it.. im more on peer to peer network ( sharing files and printers from workgroups).

here is the current setup:

8 computers running MS XP pro media center edition. with internet connected in a wireless with 4 port router.

Planning to setup:

Install a server and create a domain which will connect the 8 workstations

I would like it to run only on Desktop server (Pentium 4 3.4 ghz, 1g memory, 250 sata hdisk, Mboard Built in lan, vidcard, sound).

which is better OS MS SBS 2003 or MS Win server 2003 standard edition SP1. if you can teach me a step by step setup how to create domain and connect workstations easy.

If anyone could give me some help I would greatly appreciate it. tnanks

Answer:Setting up a small office network

maybe better to use apache
most addon's free
and or make a linux server box if you can handle linux
apache is on the disc

my server now runs apache ,linux
are you going to have website to??
if not just need to go to SBS

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I have two computers in my home office connected to each other via a 4port hub. They do not have internet access. Both machines are running XP. I have run the network wizard setup on both yet I still cannot get the machines to see each other. I have checked the names of the computers and the workgroups and they seem okay. I have also checked the leads and the connections.
Am I missing something blindingly obvious or does anyone have any other suggestions please.
Many Thanks.

Answer:Small home office network

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Hi, i'm thinking of using wireless pci cards in the 25 pc's i have at my office to setup a network.
Are there limits to the number of pci cards/ connections that can be used on one network? Or are there other points i will need to take into account?
My office is just one open plan room if this helps.

Answer:small office wireless network

What do you plan to do with this network? Just copy an occasional file? Print sharing? Internet access?

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While I consider myself reasonably tech savvy, I'll confess networking is not my strong suit. However, as the PC guy for my friends, they come to me for advice and this one's actually important enough I'd prefer to get a more informed opinion than just reading some newegg reviews.

My friends run a small brewery/bar, and are in the process of moving to Brighthouse for internet from their shit verizon service. Brighthouse, however, charges $10/mo + a setup fee to give you a modem with a wireless router built in. Assuming its the same modem I have at home, it's just a modem with no router/switch abilities.

They need access for a POS system and camera system w/DVR on the wired side, and wireless access for their 2 laptops for business use. They also need a wireless public side (password protected, but written on the bar so essentially open) for all the customers, which can hit 50+ people on weekends. They also stream Pandora/Spotify through a couple sonos devices.

In the past this was handled by the verizon dsl modem/router, so it's not like they had the POS/etc on a separate network or anything exotic. While I don't think they're very likely to be hacked/attacked, it's still something that worries me.

Their budget is not very large, so nothing too fancy. Mix of Apple and PC products for the laptops in office.

1) Suggested Router for wireless and lan use? Should I get separate devices to segregate the public... Read more

Answer:Suggested setup for small business network w/ public wireless

At my work, 150 users, I'm using a Fortigate 80CM along with multiple Fortinet AP's. It has a nice web interface so it's not too hard to figure out the setup. You can create multiple SSID's and have the public one only access the WAN interface. This will help with the secure part for the POS system. With this device, I can also limit what people have access too. I deny the adult stuff along with P2P. The device and 3 years of the software and support would be around 2000. The software I believe is around 500 a year. The AP's are a few hundred a piece. It's a pretty easy system to configure that has a lot of options.

I'm sorry if this is more than what they were wanting to budget, but it's what I have experience with. This stuff was bought before I was hired but have actually enjoyed using it and others have bought it after talking to me.

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I'm new to small business network setup. I have my cable modem hooked up to the WAN port of the TP-Link Gigabit router and a cat5e cable hooked up to port 16 on the Netgear Switch. On the Netgear switch setup I set the DHCP mode to "Enable" as I figure the router will handle IP address assignment. I plugged in 3 computers to the Netgear switch and I get internet but if I plug in anymore there is still a red X on the ethernet connection in the taskbar and only the first 3 computers have internet still.

Any ideas or help greatly appreciated. Thank you!
TP-Link TL-R600VPN SafeStream Gigabit Broadband VPN Router
NETGEAR ProSAFE JGS516PE 16-Port Gigabit Rackmount PoE Web Managed (Plus) Switch

Answer:Small Business network setup wired router/switch help

gawkgawk said:

I'm new to small business network setup. I have my cable modem hooked up to the WAN port of the TP-Link Gigabit router and a cat5e cable hooked up to port 16 on the Netgear Switch. On the Netgear switch setup I set the DHCP mode to "Enable" as I figure the router will handle IP address assignment. I plugged in 3 computers to the Netgear switch and I get internet but if I plug in anymore there is still a red X on the ethernet connection in the taskbar and only the first 3 computers have internet still.

Any ideas or help greatly appreciated. Thank you!
TP-Link TL-R600VPN SafeStream Gigabit Broadband VPN Router
NETGEAR ProSAFE JGS516PE 16-Port Gigabit Rackmount PoE Web Managed (Plus) SwitchClick to expand...

A lot will depend on what is connecting to these devices. If you are only wanting the workstations connect to the internet (I assume no server of any kind) then I would setup the TP-Link as the DHCP server, and let the switch do switching.

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How to secure a small office network (around 5 to 6 computers) so that we can VPN into the office from outside and avoid any virus from attacking the computers, prevent email attachments with viruses from opening. Prevent any data on the computer from being lost.* Not running any email server in the office, just using yahoo or msn or gmail ... for Email* Due to an internal application constraint have to give root permissions to all users on the computer. Running XP Prof and Vista Prof.I believe the following steps will help keep the network secure ...a. Router with SPI firewall and VPN capabilities, enable firewall in the router.b. Install Virus Scanner and 3rd Party Firewall, configure the 3rd party firewall to prevent viruses from sending out data. Perform Daily virus scanner update and scanning the hard drive and memory.c. Windows update every nightd. Keep monitoring emails about any threats/intrusions reported by the routerHave couple of follow up questions ...1. Is there anything in addition to the above steps i can do to secure the network and computer?2. Can i setup any web filters/content control? Suggestions for any free software or hardware component like a proxy that can do this functionality.3. Any suggestions for Free Email Filters? do i need one if all of us read email by logging into the email portal and read the email?4. How do i avoid phishing scams?Thanks, Satish

Answer:securing small office network and computers

1. Is there anything in addition to the above steps i can do to secure the network and computer?You did not mention how you are going to secure your VPN. I would setup IPSEC 2 Phase Tunnel and being as smal as you are you could get away with a Pre-Shared Key. 2. Can i setup any web filters/content control? Suggestions for any free software or hardware component like a proxy that can do this functionality.Sounds like you may want to setup a Linux Box running something like Squid to proxy your internet traffic.'t forget this does not protect the local computers. The computers connecting to the system may have Viruses before they connect. If you want to be absolutely secure then I would get a remote desktop program like VNC then you can have them remote control their computers from their home computers so that no data actually flows to the home computer or back. may want to get this any ways because it makes it easy to fix problems when you can remote into their computers. Yuo setup VNC to only accept connections from a static list of IPs so unless a hacker spoofs one of their IPs they can't get in and even if they did they need the Remote Password and the Domain Password.3. Any suggestions for Free Email Filters? do i need one if all of us read email by logging into the email portal and read the email? you have some cash then MS... Read more

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I am planning to set up a small network at home for my business which will run from 2 different rooms.This is what I am planning at present:Upstairs: 1 XP Pro SP2 pc to be fitted with a wireless network adapter; Downstairs will be the wireless router ; 1 PC, 1 laser printer/fax & 1 deskjet printer. The advice I need all relates to the downstairs arrangement, as the downstairs PC needs to act like a server:a) I need to be able to print to both printers but they are quite old and so can only be connected by cables to the PC port. Is there a device that will allow me to plug both printers to 1 pc and easily choose between them?b) The PC for downstairs is on Win98 and runs some bespoke software that may not work with XP (or I would upgrade it). Will win 98 work wirelessly or do I need to plug this PC into the router? Any advice gratefully received

Answer:Advice for setting up a small office network

(1) you can get cheap printer server which connect to router, search ebuyer (not ebay) click here(2) if your printers have both usb and parallel connection ports, you can connect one to pc parallel and one with usb(3) most wireless router also got wire port as well, so it is better to connect the downstari PC via wire although wireless will work with 98(4) if you use adsl BB (bb from phone line), it is better to get a wireless router with modem build-in, for example D-link DT604, you can find a lot of them in broadbandbuyer click here(5) it is much easy to set up network with XP, so it is better to start with XP when you set up, when it is done, it will generate a floppy disk setup program for you and you can take it downstair(6) select your gears and post your selection and people in here will tell you if it works

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Hello, I am the son of the owners of a small town newspaper, and am the normal computer technician for the office. There was recently a major computer failure, someone brought in a virus on a flash drive, and the virus scanner did not catch it in time, the machines were running Windows XP. When the virus was removed, it took a chunk of windows with it, and the computers refused to boot.
I asked my parents (who are the owners of the paper) if they wanted to try it out with windows 7, that way the UAC should catch any future viruses before they have a chance to embed themselves into the OS, or delay it until AVG can scan the device and delete it. Anyway, they said they wanted to try it, but I am having a very hard time setting it up. The network fails when I first turn on the machine, this includes Internet and networking with the three machines that are there. One machine is running 32 bit windows 7 while the other two are running 64 bit. I have to pull the Ethernet cord out of the 64 bit machines and put it in a different slot on the router to get it to connect, but the older 32 bit one works fine.
I am suspecting the router, when the troubleshoot feature works, it says "Invalid IP address" other times it doesn't work at all. Once the network is up and running, it works fine all day, until it needs to be restarted. Also, I run the computers without passwords when they start up, so when I tried to connect to the network as a "Work" Connection, I had no ... Read more

Answer:Need help with wired network failure in small office

There might be something of value in this article: Networking home computers running different versions of Windows

Also, make sure your drivers are up to date.

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Hi all,I?m about to set up my own company, which will initially involve four people working in an office with all PCs linked together, and sharing a database which holds information about clients. I?m very unsure about my IT requirements but assume I will need a Server running Microsoft Small Business Server, and a backup facility (Either tape or hard disk). I?ve had a couple of quotes for servers etc, but have just seen an advert for Freecom FSG-3 Storage Gateways, and FSG-3 WLAN Wireless Storage Gateway and wonder if these would be suffice for my needs? I?ll need to run my website and e-mails etc via the server as well and would value any advice people could give on my likely IT needs.Many thanks in advance for responses.Cheers,Dave

Answer:Setting up a small office Network from scratch!

"I?ll need to run my website and e-mails etc via the server as well"Whch isn't a very good idea - at least the website part isn't. I assume you do mean a website, and not an intranet? You say there are only going to be four people on this network, so I imagine it's not an intranet.In that case it's a bad idea to run an office network on a server that's accessible from the internet - it would necessitate all kinds of security measures that might be a bit too involved (and expensive) at this stage. I suggest that you simply run your site with a web-host, it will be cheap, and updating is a piece of cake.You would then have no need for a dedicated mailserver - just run as many mailboxes as you like on the hosting account.You'll certainly need an automatic backup facility, but how you handle this depends on two things - whether you want to backup from individual workstations, from the server, or from both, and on how much data is going to be involved. If you're going to run the database on the server then you'll want to back that up separately anyway. Other than that, is this machine simply going to be a fileserver, with applications like Microsoft office running independently on each workstation?The reason I'm asking these questions is that often it's not at all necessary to run Small business Server on a four-machine network, you could simply run Windows XP or Vista on each machine and network them on an ad-hoc basis.Perhaps if you could come back with more information I can ... Read more

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I'm about to move into a small office with 10 computers at most, and plan to go completely wireless.

My current network is wired and I'm using Windows XP. I'm going to be using DSL for the network.

My question is, can I set this up like my current 4-piece home network, or would I have to purchase different products?

How many routers would I need? Obviously I do need one modem and the same amount of wireless or usb cards as there are computers.

Thanks and I can provide more info if needed.

Answer:Trying to biuld a small office with wireless network...

if its an office enviroment I would discourage you from using completely wireless. I never use complete wireless as an office solution due to the instability, especially if they will be running a server.

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This is my first time posting here, and god bless anyone that can help me because i'm about to tear my hair out. Ok, try to stay with me here.
We just opened a small office and are trying to network about 7 computers. We don't have a wireless router from the cable company, but have cat5 installed everywhere, so no problem. I have three computers plugged into the router, and they work fine, internet and networked. In the last port on the router, I plugged a second cheap router for extra ports. Four more computers plugged into that one, also fine, networked and internet. My problem is that the computers on the first router can't see the computers on the second, and vice versa. In short, I have a group of 3 networked computers and a group of 4. From what i've read it's probably an IP or DNS thing but I suck at networking and don't know. I have the first router set up as the DHCP server, it's disabled on the second one.

Here are the settings for the main comcast router:

And the secondary Linksys router:

I'll check back often in case you need any additional info. Thanks in advance!

Answer:Solved: Small office network issue:

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I just started my own office and would like to set u a network in the office. I have setup networks( mostly wireless) at home. I woud like to setup a hybrid network. office will have one server , about 3 desktops , printer/scanner and one laptop. i am setting up asterix pbx ( a friend is helping with that) and voip phones. have to run wires across 3 rooms. would like to have wireless networking for laptop use. I have zyxel 550 mimo router and plan to extend it by adding a switch.

I need a basic idea about how to run wires. have to run wires across 3-4 rooms. my understanding is that i need one cable for each computer. So if i have a printer and computer in a room-- i would need to run two cables from two ports---right?

also need help with which cable to use cat5 cat5e? what other equipment do I need?


appreciate your help much!


Answer:need help in setting up a network in a small medical office

Basically the rule of thumb is one cable per device. I would use cat5e for this type of setup as it will give you room for expansion as cat5e is gigabit ethernet capable (assuming growth is always good instead of re-wiring infrastructure). This is the cable most often used in fast ethernet setups (100MBps).

Also keep in mind that the maximum length you can use for the cabling is 100M or your going to run into some serious issues.

You also need to use different ethernet cable types for the devices. For Example - If you go from Router to a computer, you use straight through. If you go from router to switch, you also use a straight through. The only time you connect devices using a crossover cable, is like devices. Ex - switch to switch, router to router.

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Ahead of a small library email migration to our own email (hosted by MS Office 365 + network domain), I am experimenting with importing pst files. Some users have Windows 8, some Windows 7. Most users will access email through the Office 365 web portal but for users with their own desktop setups it would be nice to configure their email at their own computers. Testing revealed, no surprise, a problem with Windows 8. I configured my own Outlook with 365 email after logging in to network. Emails came in. Great. Logged out of the network, logged in as another employee, tried to repeat the process and ran headlong into the "Switch to a Microsoft account on this PC." I don't want to do this.

The reason I logged in as another user is I will be responsible for importing pst files from the old email service hosted by a larger library system of which we are a part. My understanding is to do this I need a desktop install of Outlook (not available through the web app).

Question: Is there a way around the Switch to a Microsoft Account bit because now I can't even get back to my own Outlook email that was successful in the beginning??

I hope I provided a good enough explanation. I appreciate the collective wisdom here. Thanks!

Answer:Configuring Outlook on small network with Office 365 email

Oy! Realized I was using the stupid app from Metro Start screen. Using the Outlook under Programs area of Apps worked a treat. YAY.

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Hi There,

I am new on the site, but have a problem with my small office network computers (XP small business Edition) (+-15 computers).

Certain computers (not all) continually shut themselves down, with no warning. Its almost as though someone disconnects the power and then turns on the PC. Some computers do this up to 20 times a day, whilst others do it every few days. The Server itself, used to shut itself down as well, but now seems to have stopped?

I have NOD32 on all the computers, and have also run Super-Anti spyware- but to no avail. One computer in particular, will shut down when the the antiviruses are scanning- so have run the scans in safe mode (This is one of the pc's that shut down up to 20 times a day). In safe mode- the computer did not shut down the entire day.

Any help with this will be greatly accepted and appreciated- Many Thanks for any help in advance!!

Many Thanks

Answer:Computers on small office Network Reboot themselves continually

PLEASE PLEASE can somebody help with this?????

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I am moving my small business into a new office in a few days and could do with some advice on configuring the network.

There are RJ45 connections in every room which is cool, these all feed into a 48-port patch panel which the last guys left behind.

Every PC on the network needs to be able to access the internet, our storage server and other network attached devices such as printers and faxes.

Q1). If our modem goes into a router, and the router goes into a switch box, and all PCs and other devices including the storage server are patched into the switch box, will this work? We will be using one dedicated IP, and I believe that if the modem goes straight into the switch box, each PC will unsuccessfully compete for that same IP. So does going through a router alleviate this?

Q2). Do patch panels have speed limitations? Despite being entirely passive, is it possible that the patch panel might only be 100Mbit? I haven't bought the switch box yet, so would like to know if there's any point going for 1Gbit over 100Mbit. Couldn't see a model number on it unfortunately.

Thanks in advance,

Answer:Small Office Network - Modem, Router, Switch

edanfalls said:


I am moving my small business into a new office in a few days and could do with some advice on configuring the network.

There are RJ45 connections in every room which is cool, these all feed into a 48-port patch panel which the last guys left behind.

Every PC on the network needs to be able to access the internet, our storage server and other network attached devices such as printers and faxes.

Q1). If our modem goes into a router, and the router goes into a switch box, and all PCs and other devices including the storage server are patched into the switch box, will this work? We will be using one dedicated IP, and I believe that if the modem goes straight into the switch box, each PC will unsuccessfully compete for that same IP. So does going through a router alleviate this?Click to expand...

you are correct on both points. the issue is where does the DHCP service originate {the router or a Domain Controller[*]}?

Q2). Do patch panels have speed limitations? Despite being entirely passive, is it possible that the patch panel might only be 100Mbit? I haven't bought the switch box yet, so would like to know if there's any point going for 1Gbit over 100Mbit. Couldn't see a model number on it unfortunately.Click to expand...

No, the panel is entirely passive and therefore invisible to the network. Active components, eg routers & switches could be f... Read more

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I am first time around here seeking help.
We are in a small office and are currently using one Desktop computer as a File server by sharing a folder using the existing WiFi from Internet router. This was done by connecting one LAN cable from the Router to the Desktop and the remaining computers connect to the router through WiFi. This way, each user could browse the internet while also having access to shared files from the central Desktop.
We are in the process of shifting to a new office where some users are seated far away, also the maximum connections possible in the router through WiFi is 16. So, we have laid LAN cables and got 2 Low cost network switches (unmanaged...TP Link 1024D). At the moment we are not planning to purchase a Server, but continue to use the same desktop. Instead of continuing to use WiFi, it is planned to make use of the new LAN cables and Switches.
The problem is if I connect the File sharing Desktop on Port number 1 in the Switch, I will not be able to use internet in the computers connected through LAN cable (and vice versa). I need to use Internet as well as shared files from the Central Desktop.
Thanks in advance.

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How do i create an installation point to install office over the network and how do i install it to client computers?

I have visited microsoft's website and the procedures don't work!
Maybe i am doing something wrong, i don't know.

Can anyone help?

Answer:Microsoft Office 2000 Small Business Network installation

You have to have the right version. I can't remember which one(s) will do it, I don't think retail or oem versions will. I think they have to be volume license version. To check if your version will, put the disk in the drive, and go to a command prompt. Change to your cd drive, and type setup /a. This will start the administrative setup if it's available. You can type in the product key once, and it will enter it for each pc you install it on from that location. Works quite well.

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thanks for helping me in my previous post.

Now... i like to hear any suggestion, opinions, comments on this model i've made. pretty basic networking but i want to make sure i get it right or make it better before I turn it in as my class project. its in draft phase right now so I hope you like it.

model right here.


Answer:my small office network model (fancy pics included)

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I am trying to setup a small office network 2 maybe 3 computers. The computers are running Win XP Pro. I have DSL for internet access. The computers all connect to the internet via a router. How can I setup a network and have file sharing safely?

What I did so far:
Ran the setup wizard on 2 computers and created the workgroup. Selected no file sharing becasue I got a message saying it was not safe and anyone online can access my files. When I try accessing the workgroup on the 2 computers, I get a message saying I am not allowed.

I have McAfee firewall installed.

Any ideas on how I can do this?

Thank you.

Answer:Setup Office Network

Well, you can't have file sharing if you're not willing to share your files!

It's true that any folders you share will be available to any other computers on YOUR network. Unless you deliberately configure it differently, the router's firewall will protect your computers from the rest of the world.

If you can prevent others from plugging an ethernet cable into your router, and if you do not have wireless, or have your wireless protected with a strong WPA passphrase, you are pretty safe from an outsider gaining access to your network.

Furthermore, you can configure the McAfee firewall to allow access from a very small range of IP addresses. And if you don't use Simple File Sharing, XP Pro gives you all kinds of ways to specify exactly who can get what kind of access to what files.

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Afternoon All,

I currently look after a small network as a favor to an office. They have 10 work stations within the building that use to run off daisy chained hubs. I have since replaced this for a 24 port switch and installed a small workstation for a server. They now want to connect a workstation which is on a different site. I have trialed a VPN connection to a workstation running windows 7 pro, all worked fine.

My question is what kind of security should i be putting in place, the only thing that protects their network at present is a wireless router modem that has a basic firewall, which i am sure won't be good enough giving that i am about to start VPN'ing in. I'm looking at a firebox product but I'm not to clued up on hardware firewalls.

Does a watchgaurd firebox sit between the internet modem and the switch? or am I mistaken?

If someone could explain the topology and put me right that would be great.


Answer:office network setup

There is really no way to secure the network with just a peer to peer like you are running unless you set up accounts for every workstation the remote client needs access to. If you are referring to security from the internet your current router is only showing the WAN IP address to the world so they have no idea what is behind the router. A firewall like the Watchguard does sit between your LAN and the Internet and will give you an added layer of protection.

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Thanks guys hope you can help me sort out which way to proceed. I have network accessible equipment in 2 rooms. My main concern is network performance is not impeded for PC 1 and the phone will be able to drop back to a normal phone line if the internet goes down. Question being which room to place the switch vs the modem/router.

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Hi , I would like to remote my office pc from home, i have a soft but its says i can use it in same network for that i have to network betweet my home laptop and office pc, ive wndows vista in my laptop and windows xp in office pc, could you help me to do networking betweet 2 pc in different network n different ip plz

thanking you

Answer:Setup network between home and office PCs

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I am working in a small office. I am running on a T1 am cancelling it and setting up DSL. I only have 7 computers and will not need anymore than 15. I would like to setup a network in teh office via a server. I have a server right now that is setup but it is only hooked into 2 computers. Unfortunately I do not have the password for ther server.

I spoke with a couple of people and one suggestion was to completely rebuild/reformat the server. I do not have the original CD. Another suggestion is to buy a new server. I do not have an objection to that if it is the nest solution.

The final objective is to eliminate T1, hookup DSL and network the entire office through the server. All the wiring is already setup and running through a router.

Any suggestion? If I get a new server, what do I need? Do all the computers need to be running the same OS? Can I hookup the printers to the server as well so anyone from any computer can access them?

I know it is a lot, but I always receive great input form teh members on this site. I wanted to get your insight before I hired some guy to do the job.

Thank you.

Answer:office network - server setup

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i got sever 2003 and i need to set up a network. i got win pro on 5 computers and i want to set up my sever so that i can change passwords on the sever and suspend the accounts from the sevfer can some one hlep me with that please email me @@@@@

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Answer:office network - server setup

do you know how do set up Remote Desktop Connection please email me


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Hi All, I am very new to networking and have been searching for hours hopefully to find a solution.

I was particularly interested on aniketchitale's post #4 (

I presently have a fiber internet connection to my office with about 40 wireless users on a single AP. The connection keeps dropping. Probably due to too many users on a single AP?

1. My question is similar to aniketchitale's, can get another wireless router, create a different SSID (eg. router1 and router2), but both wireless routers still connected to the same fiber connection. In other words, I would like to segregate the first 20 users to router 1 and the next 20 users to router 2.

2. By having 2 wireless routers each with their unique SSID, will all the users still be able to access to the same printer in the office?

I would really appreciate if somebody can help me.

Thanks in advance.


Answer:Office wireless network setup - 50 users

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Hi, i hope someone can point me in the right direction!We work from home. the office is in some out buildings but i have the house linked from the office with a Cat5e cable, allowing me to place a wireless router in the house to give me and the family internet access.In the office i have both wireless and wired internet points.I have a PC running windows XP which is being used as a file sharing (server) it also has a number of external hard drives with music and video content on as well as specific drives for work related things.My question is - i would like to keep the wireless network available to anyone who visits ie giving them the WEP key, but i want to hide the files on the server so they can not see them or access them.the hard drives with Music and Video should remain avaialble to family memebrs and devices such as Apple TV.Oh yes and we have a mixture of PC's and Mac's running as well.I am sure this is a software issue, i have thought about password protecting each folder on the server but then i assume each time i wish to access the folder or files within it i will have to enter the password, this is a bit of a pain if so.helpthanks

Answer:Home/Office Network Security Whats the best setup

How is the office files sharing set up on the server? One main folder with sub folders or each folder is stored separateIf just one main folder with sub folders all you would have to do is password protect the main folder If folder for each client are stored separate than you should create a main folder and put all the office files into that folder you can than password protect the main office folder The same would apply for any other data folder that you want to be protect

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Kaspersky Lab has released a new version of its Kaspersky Small Office Security software to help very small businesses (VSBs) stay on top of the growing number of cyberthreats. With anti-ransomware functionality, safeguarding of online financial transactions and security status monitoring, Kaspersky Small Office Security aims to help VSBs flourish.

In line with recent research from Kaspersky Lab, finding that 42 per cent of VSBs are concerned about the threat of crypto malware, the latest version of Kaspersky Small Office Security offers protection against the growing threat of ?cryptors?. Anti-cryptor capabilities in System Watcher component block malicious encryption attempts, and also triggers an automatic backup and restore.

The Safe Money feature within Kaspersky Small Office Security provides improved safeguarding of financial transactions from fraudsters, by protecting against the taking of screen grabs or use of the clipboard functionality, which cybercriminals typically rely on to steal business data and financial assets.

The new version of Kaspersky Small Office Security also provides small businesses a way to monitor their security status. Through a dedicated, cloud-based monitoring console, businesses have a single view of the protection status of all devices on their network ? from PCs and laptops, through to file servers and mobile devices. The online portal means this information can be accessed from anywhere, at any time, and protection settings activ... Read more

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I work in a small office that has a Windows 7 PC that is being used as a Fileserver.
Using my Mac laptop, I can connect to the Fileserver PC with no problems, but am unable to do so, using a Windows 7 laptop. The problem seems to be that the Fileserver is connected to the WiFi Router via a Switch.

When I create a Network Map, I see this:

My W7 Laptop   =  =  =  =  =   WiFi Router  ______________  Internet
Fileserver       ___________     Switch

Other PCs connected to the Network, show up at the bottom, in the list of devices that cannot be placed on the map.

I have Admin privileges for all devices. How can I fix this problem?

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5 machines, with 1-5 accounts on each machine (varies), machines used/on at different times of day, different days of the week (only one is on and being used all day, 5 days a week). Basic security is in place in terms of restricting access to certain accounts/files but it's unsatisfactory (awaiting the go-ahead to change to Server 2003/client network). I've tried Syncback and Cobian, neither of which will perform backups on an `if last backup was missed` basis to cater for situations where a machine is used for 2 hours and switched off before the scheduled backup time is reached), using passworded compressed zips in Cobian fails as it doesn't support Unicode file names. Is there some simple, secure way of backing up to one machine and catering for so many variables?

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Good Evening Everyone,

I have a few questions concerning the Installation of 2010 Office. I know that I have to uninstall Office 2007. I have no clue on how to save or where to save my documents from Office 2007. The documents consist of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and a few various folders. Should I from the Start Menue click on Documents select all and copy. Where should I place this copy? Can It be left on my hard drive? After I install Office 2010 can I then copy the "Document File" and place in Documents. Will all the files end up in the proper place for their programs, Word files go to Word, Excel goes to Excel so on and so forth. Thank you so much for all your help and cooperation. It is greatly appreciated. I hope I described my situation correctly. I look forward to hearing from you.

Answer:2010 Office Professional Plus to Replace 2007 Office Small Business

But you don't have to uninstall Office 2007 to upgrade to 2010. That's the general rule as you can generally upgrade from lower SKUs to higher SKUs (Small Business to Pro Plus). As far as saving your documents, you can really save them wherever you like on your hard drive or on any CD or flash drive if you wish to do so. As far as file types, after 2010 is installed, they should all register properly for their programs so that Word documents open in Word, Excel Documents in Excel, etc.

Though if you have all of you documents already saved within "Documents" or "My Documents" or some other folder you've set aside and you want to uninstall 2007 before upgrading to 2010, the documents themselves will be retained when you uninstall, you just won't be able to really do much with them until you install 2010.

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Question: Can i uninstall D3Dx10 (MsiExec.exe \X{E09C*?
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safe's part of Windows installer and should not be removed. Relax and go have a beer.

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Hi - I am working on an MS XP which I bought second hand from a computer fix-it place. The computer came with Office Small Business. Since this computer has Access on it, I ---- in all my infinite questionable wisdom --- decided to teach myself this application. But, the Access wizards require Office 2000 SR-1 Professional. Can you tell me how to get Office Professional? I've been unemployed since February and not looking forward to paying for anything these days -- will it cost me? Do I need to remove Small Business before loading Professional? Should I just forget it and work with whatever I can with Small Business? Thank you for your infinite wisdom.

Answer:I have Office Small Business but need Office Professional

I assume that you are running the 2000 of OSB version on this machine.
Does your machine have the Office 2000 SR 1 installed?

Also check for ALL of the Office updates and install them.

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What sign are you talking about?Notice: We cannot see the contents of your screen !!!Click Here on HowTo ask good Question to get best HelpLet us know, if the problem is solved !!!

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Reinstalled all Sony Pre-Loaded software,
which did NOT include any Prior version of MS Office. (Other than a Trial
Version of Office 2003 which I never used or installed. It's still in my
computer) Have no idea what version it is. Simply doesn't say because it's never been installed. It's sitting in the same start menu as all of the other MS Office 2007 Programs.
In another message forum I was told to delete it. However, Office 2007 Pro worked fine for 2 days with the Trial program still sitting in the Start folder.

I managed to install MS Office Professional 2007 and it's worked
for 2 days without a hitch. Today, I get the error message when I try to use
Outlook "Cannot start MS Office Outlook. Cannot initialize MS Office Shared
Utilities. Restart your computer Or reinstall MS Office Outlook." No Luck!!
Also, when I try to start up MS Word, the message says "Not enought memory
to load Word." (I have 2 Gig of Ram and a 320 Gig hard Drive???)

When I insert the Office Pro 2007 disk to Reinstall, the message is: "The
path you have chosen does not point at a qualifying upgradable product.
Click Try again or Cancel to quit setup."

I also don't have ANY previous versions of any Office Suite program to use.
I had Office 2003 Pro installed but that was deleted when I purchased Office 2007 Pro. I do have the disks for Office
2007 Pro.

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I am getting the following error when I try to reinstall a custom setup office XP install on a windows 2000 machine.

"OFFXP: Setup Detects Office XP Running When You Attempt to Install Office XP"

I had the uninstall the office xp on this machine through add/remove programs because it was crashing alot. The custom install works fine on all other windows 2000 and xp machines.

I found the following error in MS knowledgebase
article 292497 (I can't post the link because I'm a new member)

It says to to hit ignore. If I hit ignore it does install but it doesn't install with the correct options for the custom install. (I have it set to not install outlook and it installs outlook, etc.) Obviously its not following the custom install.

Any ideas? I believe something is left on the pc from office when it was installed. I even ran the Removal Wizard on the Office XP Resource kit. It is supposed to remove everything left from previous versions. However, it must be missing something because I am still getting that error when I try to reinstall Office XP that is described above.


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Question: what does this mean- STOP: c0000218 {Registry
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registry are lots of hits on Google as well.Personally, I'd just run a Windows Repair.

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