Question by Tamsin H: How do I set up a wireless home network with a desktop, laptop and printers with a wireless firewall router?
We have a laptop and desktop- both used for business and personal use.
We would like to have a wireless home network, with our printer, so the desktop and the laptop can connect to the same thing, with our printer.
We were thinking something along the lines of two user profiles- one business and one personal- and both computers can connect to each of these profiles, and the files can be sort of ‘synchronised’ whenever the laptop is in range- incase it has been taken away from home for business use.
We have a wireless firewall router. One of the two printers is wireless (bluetooth) and the laptop is bluetooth, if that makes any difference.
The only problem is we have no real idea how to do this! Is this possible? Mail me with step by step instructions if the answer thing is not sufficient.
Any thing would be a great help!
Answer by Laid back
Get a good router like the Linksys WRT54G. If you need wireless to both units and don’t have it built into the laptop, get wireless USB devices. Connect the printer to the desktop, and do a printer file share in network devices if not already enabled. Set up a small office/home network and print through the desktop from the laptop. After getting it set up go into the wireless security and set up WPA security, change the channel to 11 to avoid interference and change the login password. Write everything on a small piece of paper and tape it to the bottom of the router for future reference. With the MS wallet you can do file updating between the two systems. The help menu will aid in alot of these things and Linksys has a great live chat and phone support.
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