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Beginners Guides: Home Networking and File Sharing

Beginners Guides: Home Networking and File Sharing - PCSTATS
Abstract: Networking, or connecting computers together to share information, has long been one of the more difficult areas of basic computing, but no more.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Apr 22 2004   Mike Dowler  
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Sharing files across the network

Now that you have connected your home computers, you may wish to make certain files available between the two computers over the network. This is a simple enough procedure.

Windows 98 Important note: Unlike Windows 2000 and XP, Windows 98 has no real form of authentication security. This means that a Windows 98 computer with an Internet connection and no firewall is essentially open to being browsed by any remote user who discovers your IP address. Now, this is mitigated somewhat by the fact that 98 does not share any files by default, so there will be nothing to access. However, once you start sharing drives and folders, be aware that anything you share is vulnerable to being accessed from the Internet, assuming you have a high-speed connection.

Open 'My Computer' Browse to the drive or folder that you wish to share. Note: you may only share drives or folders/directories, not individual files. There's nothing to stop you creating a new directory for a single file and sharing that out though.

Right click the drive or folder and select 'sharing.'Select the 'shared as' option.

Enter the share name you would like to use. This how the shared resource will be named when viewed from another computer. Select the type of access you would like to allow.

Read-only allows network users permission to read and copy files in the shared directory, but not to delete them, save changes to them or add new ones. Full access gives permissions just like a local user. If you like, you can assign passwords for either the read-only or full access modes. Click 'ok'

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Home Networking and File Sharing
 Pg 2.  Basic Windows networking principals
 Pg 3.  IP Addresses and what they represent
 Pg 4.  Setting up your own home network
 Pg 5.  Installing Network cards and drivers
 Pg 6.  Setting up a Network - Win98/ME
 Pg 7.  Setting up a Network - WinXP
 Pg 8.  Setting up a Network - Win2000
 Pg 9.  — Sharing files across the network
 Pg 10.  Sharing files with Win2000
 Pg 11.  Sharing files with WinXP
 Pg 12.  Troubleshooting Section
 Pg 13.  Fixing Destination host unreachable Error

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