How do I network 2 computers?

By mhopeck
Mar 15, 2004
  1. I have 2 computers (computer 1, and computer 2) running XP, standard road runner connection thru a linksys 5 port switch(10/100 i think), and a printer connected to computer 1. What are the steps I need to take to make these computers 'see' eachother? each of them has internet access. I just don't know what I need to do xp-wise (what do i do to each computer?) If anyone can give me step by step instructions I would be very grateful.


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  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    I think there have been some two dozen posts on the same subject this year. Yust use the search feature or browse this forum.
  3. mhopeck

    mhopeck TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    I just need to know how to configure each of the computers so they can read eachothers shared files. I do not have a "hub" unless you consider the switch a hub. But I do not know how to set up each of the computers to read eachother.
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6


    Assuming both machines have internet access working..

    You install the client for Microsoft Networking on both machines. Set both machines to belong to the same workgroup. Disable software firewall or enable MS networking in it.
  5. mhopeck

    mhopeck TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    thanks, that wasnt so hard, now was it? i just need to know how to disable the firewall, i believe xp comes with a 'personal firewall'? maybe thats what i need to disable
  6. me(who else?)

    me(who else?) TS Rookie Posts: 387

    If u have all the other things working you shouldn't have to get rid of the built in firewall, Windows should allow the connection through. Then again, I've seen some of the things Windows should do, so here; you can disable the firewall under Control Panel, Network Connections, right click on your connection to the LAN, Properties, Advanced, Disable Networking (or something of the like).
  7. mhopeck

    mhopeck TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Thank you. Should I (can I) intall a personal firewall, outside of microsoft? and if so, do you have any opinions?
  8. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    I'd get a router with firewall built into it, but if you cannot afford to get a new router /w firewall, you should get software firewall [have have windows firewall turned off].

    I'd use Norton Firewall or ZoneAlarm.
  9. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Or you can give this thread a look and hopefully it will clear up some qustions.
  10. Deal Svengali

    Deal Svengali TS Rookie Posts: 372

    ZoneAlarm is a good software firewall for free. for a hardware firewall/router, pickup a wireless one, they are as cheap if not cheaper than an ethernet router. You can get the MR814 for $24 and change from Amazon by Netgear with 4 port router and 802.11b, you can turn off the wireless if you are only using it as an ethernet router. It is easier to share the wireless that way also.

    In case you did not find the XP firewall is turned off by going to the properties of the ethernet connection, under advanced.
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