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settingup a wireless lan

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I would like to ask for the steps to set up a wireless LAN.

I want to share my printer and files among my three computers in the house.

I have bought a wireless router got myself an ISP, installed and adapter on each computer (except my laptop)

I am using aztech hardware for my router and adapters. all three computers are running on windows XP SP2, with Comodo firewall running.

the problems come when I want to get them interact with each other how do I come to that?. I tried the windows wizard to set up a home wireless network but it didn't work out.

what should I do?
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For your loss of connection, pay close attention to UNIKSERV's post #7.

For computers that can access the internet through your router, following is one way to set up file and printer sharing.

Run the Network Setup wizard (found in Control Panel of XP). Tell it each of your computers connects to the internet via "residential gateway" and that you want to enable file and printer sharing. Create a disk at the end only if you have a Windows PC other than XP or 2k Pro.

Windows XP firewall (if SP2) will be properly configured by the wizard. You must uninstall or properly configure any 3rd party firewalls on each machine. Unique computer names and same workgroup, of course.

The Shared Documents folder is automatically shared. Any other folders (or drives) or printers you want to share, just right click on them and sharing ... . When sharing a printer, accept the offer to load other drivers if your other PCs have different Operating System(s).

When you first go into My Network Places there will be nothing there. The first time you click on 'View Workgroup computers' will probably result in great disappointment. It takes awhile (20 minutes or so) before all the computers in the workgroup get up-to-date and accurate lists of the other computers. Often you can speed up this process via Search for other computers.

When computers show up in My Network Places, double click on one to see its shares. If that includes a printer, you can right click on the printer to connect to it.
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"Residential gateway" means what most of us call a router or a modem/router combo. :)

If you have no router, or have only a dial-up connection, you can set up Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) on one computer so that other computers can share the connection. When you do that the computer with the internet connection acts like a router.
Your router's Network Address Translation (NAT) feature works as a hardware firewall. It is a barrier between the internet and your Local Area Network (your computers). It will not hinder access among your computers.

On the other hand, any software firewall on a computer will block access until you disable it (this doesn't always work), uninstall it or properly configure it.

My Network Places takes a little getting used to. It does NOT update immediately--it depends on the Computer Browser service. After any network/workgroup change (such as deleting a shared file, sharing a new file, removing a computer, adding a computer) it can take as much as 15-20 minutes before My Network Places is updated.

So, inquiring minds want to know. What was the disconnect problem/fix????
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