Networking Dummy Needs Help

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Quantum Physics
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I have one desktop and three laptops connected to the wrieless internet I have setup at home. At this time, it is only considered a network because they are all sharing the internet connection but I would like to create a shared folder between all four computers.

How do I go about doing this? I have already created the folder I intend to share on my desktop. This is the main folder I intend to pull files from. Also, I would like to be able to get fies from this even if I'm across town so accessing the files via public IP would be great. How do I setup a username and password?

Thanks for the help everyone. :)
 
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Oh, I forgot to add... all the computers are running Windows XP SP3 except for one laptop that came with VISTA.
 
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Quantum Physics
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The desktop system is running Windows XP Professional SP3.

I'm sure there's a way of networking the computers without having to use third party software. Can anyone help with a link to a good online user guide?
 
Midknyte

Midknyte

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You asked for 2 separate things; Local network and Remote access.

For LAN access, the easiest thing would be to enable simple file sharing.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304040

For more networking info, http://www.ezlan.net/

If you want to access your files remotely, that's more complicated. Like I said, you can try Hamachi VPN. You can use Remote Desktop if you don't want to use third party software, but it's not the same.
http://www.jakeludington.com/ask_jake/20051122_how_to_use_remote_desktop_connection_rdc.html
 
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Quantum Physics
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Thank you for your help and sorry for the misunderstanding... I thought you could access another computer remotely quite simply.

Your help is much appreciated. :)
 
glussier

glussier

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You could open an account at dyndns.com and use that to access your server while you are away from home.
 

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