I have a fairly simple setup. I have a standard co-axial cable coming in from my cable provider (who provides high speed internet, cable TV, and home phone [by VoIP]). The cable connects to the back of my external cable/voice modem. From there, an Ethernet cable connects the modem to my wireless router (for my laptop). Another Ethernet cable connects my router to my desktop computer (the "LAN"…perhaps?). A USB cable connects my desktop computer to my printer/scanner/fax machine. Lastly, for my phone service and fax machine, I have a standard phone cable from the phone jack to the modem (for VoIP) with a splitter also connecting the phone line to the printer (for fax capabilities).
The specs of my devices are the following:
(1) Router = NetGear RangeMax Wireless Router WPN824 v2
(2) Desktop = Dell Dimension 4550. Intel Pentium 4. 2 GB of RAM. Windows XP Home SP3. Intel PRO/100 VE Network Connection.
(3) Laptop = Dell Precision M6300. Intel 2 Duo CPU. 2 GB of RAM. Windows XP Pro SP3. Intel PROSet/Wireless 3945 ABG Network Connection.
(4) Printer = HP Photosmart All-in-One C6180, which I somehow configured such that I can print (wirelessly) from my laptop.
I use Windows to manage/configure the connections on both the laptop & the desktop (as opposed to Intel software).
I am not able to (or don't know how to) transfer files, etc. from my laptop to my desktop and vice-versa across this network.
I really don't even know where to begin as far as changing from WEP to WPA. Do I change the settings on the router once I have logged in to Netgear's site on the net? Or do I use one of the network wizards in Control Panel? Or do I configure it using Windows software (right-clicking on the connection's icon—via Network Connections in Start Menu—then following advanced settings)?
A couple more questions, while I have you experts available for help....
Is it possible to set up a wireless network between my two computers to transfer files back & forth between the two?
Lastly, in the current setup, is my desktop computer being protected by the built-in firewall protection of my NAT router as my laptop is, and if not, can it be?
Thanks so much for anyone who is willing to help this poor soul who is a straight-up newbie when it comes to networking…even after trying to learn as much as possible on the net.
Edited by black069, 29 September 2009 - 07:37 PM.