Posted 30 October 2008 - 03:15 PM
I've wanted to set my computers up on a network but never understood how. I've tried and am unable to get it done. Here is what I have:
My desktop is a Dell running Vista that is hardwired to my modem. I've right clicked music, pictures, and documents, and changed them to "share". I've also enabled all of the sharing items in the Network Center. I use Zone Alarm firewall and I'm not sure if I've configured it correctly to allow access. I added the IP address of the laptop, but when I mess with the laptops network center, Zone Alarm shows up on the Dell as a blocked attempt to access. The laptop does not show up when I go to the Network Center and click on show other computers.
My laptop is an HP running Vista that uses a wireless connection to the same modem above. I've also shared music, pictures, and documents and enabled all sharing in the NC. Same thing with Zone Alarm, with it showing blocked attempts. The difference is that Home PC does show up in the network center. It shows "Home PC- media devices". If I click on that, Media Player pops up but its the music that is on the laptop, not the desktop.
So I guess what I'm asking is for someone to help me just start over with the whole set up.
Also, I've noticed on the laptop that there are about 10 networks that I can pick to use on my laptop. Some are peoples names. Should I be worried about someone being able to connect to my network?