WinXP networking & file sharing configuration settings

A step by step guide, to setting up your home network at home, with WinXP.

Simple and easy with full picture illustration to guide you along.

Written by Lim Siong Boon, last dated 06-Jul-08.

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3 main steps in setting your home networking

  1. Create a password for your Window's user account.
  2. Enable file sharing & install NetBIOS Service.
  3. Share Folders to the network.

See the following step by step guide, for more details.



1) Create a password for your Window's user account.


1a- Go to Start>> Settings>> Control Panel>> User Accounts
and click on the User Account


1b- Click on the main account user. eg. Admin


1c- Then select "Create a password"


1d- Enter in a password to set a user & password to the computer system.




2) Enable file sharing & install NetBIOS Service

2a - Go to Start>> Settings>> Network Connections>> Local Area Connection


2b - Click on the "Properties"


2c - Select the tab "General"
2d - Tick on the check box for "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks"


2e - Click on the "Install..."


2f - Select "Protocol" and click on "Add..."


2g - Select the Network Protocol "NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol" and click "OK" button to install.


2h - The computer will prompt you to restart the computer system for the installation to take into effect.




3) Share Folders to the network

3a - Right click any folder or device that you would like to share.
3b - Select "Sharing and Security..." or "Properties"


3c - Go to the tab "Sharing"


3d - Tick the check box "Share this folder on the network"
3e - Enter a name for the sharing folder or device.
3f - Set the permission for User to access your folder.
3g - Click "OK" to save the settings.


3h - You should notice that your shared folder is now holding by a small hand.
3i - This means that the folder is a shared folder.




That's all Folk!!!

Your home network should be set and ready for use.


Setting up your
WiFi wireless router as an AP (
access point).

WiFi Wireless communication is getting more and more common.
If you have a existing wire network and wish to support wireless on the network,
you can simply connect a wireless router to the wired network to form 2 network group.
The wire network & connecting under it, the wireless network.
This structure is fine if all the servers are located in the upper network.
If your server is to be connected through WiFi, you might not be able to achieve it easily.
The wireless connected server is connected in the lower network group,
and client program located  in the upper network layer
will not be able to find their way down the network to connect to it.

This call for another solution. To enable wireless connection on the same level as the wired network.
Client is then able to find & connect, if the server is located in the same network group.
The solution is purchase access point (commonly refered to as AP) and connect them to your wired network.
In fact you do not have to purchase a new device.
In most cases, you can configure your wireless router to becomes the access point.
Basically there are 3 things you need to configure,
- Disable the router's DHCP features
- Assign a static IP address and the network mask to the device.

Sometimes you may need to connect two network through wireless.
In this case, you will need a wireless bridge. Most WiFi router allows you to configure that as well.
A WiFi wireless router can be configured to act as a router, access point as well as a wireless bridge.

2010-01-21 setting up for configuration to the D-Link wireless router DIR-615 or DIR-655 to become an access point
Access to D-Link webserver for configuration settings, which is usually or
2) Under the section on "ROUTER SETTINGS", enter the assigned static ip address/mask
    for access back to this webserver configuration page.
        Router IP Address:
        Subnet Mask:
    (This is necessary so that you know the address and is able to return
    to the router's webserver for other configuration that needs to be done)
3) Under the section "DHCP SERVER SETTINGS".
    unchecked the feature to "Enable DHCP Server".
    (This will disable the DHCP feature, preventing the router to automatically
    assign an IP address for any network device that is plugged into it)
4) Click Save Settings, and reboot the router.
5) Change other necessary wifi/security settings
6) no need to change anything in the SETUP>INTERNET


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