How do I share files and printer on a network?

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  1. ohblu

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    I've got two computers that are each connected to a router. How do I configure the computers so that the files and the printer can be shared between those two computers? I know nothing about networking so I am very confused here. Is there a tutorial on this somewhere? Both computers are XP and I think SP2.
     
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    For connecting just two computers, you may want to focus on peer-to-peer networking in Cudni's link above. It's the simplest setup.
    IF you can run a cable, it's quite simple.
    Note: you will need a "crossover" cable to connect the two boxes (vs. a computer to hub cable).
    Run Windows Network Wizard, and you should be all set.
     
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    I managed to get it configured and working. I had to use that network wizard thing. Is there supposed to be a constant "communication" between the computers? What I mean is that in the firewall traffic logs, there is a lot of traffic between 10.0.0.2 and 10.0.0.3 and sometimes I see 10.0.0.1. It's using svchost.exe and ndisuio.sys.

    Also, I have this all setup via ethernet cables connected to a router. Previously, the one computer was connected via ethernet cable to the router (and perhaps also via a wireless connection) and the other computer was using a wireless connection. Is the way I have it now more secure compared to using a wireless connection? So far, there seems to be a slight improvement in speed, so that's a plus.
     
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    Yes, constant communication you are seeing is part of normal and necessary network traffic. If you have protected you wireless connection using something like WPA or WPA2, using a complex password then in practical terms it is just as secured as with ethernet cables
     
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