I have been trying to figure out a network solution for a friend’s business. They have three computers running Vista, two are laptops, and one is a desktop. The goal is to have the three computers on an internal network where they can share files and print using one another’s printer when needed. (to avoid having to print and manually take documents to one another’s office).
I am also curious if there is a way for them to send messages over the network without internet… like a memo…
My main issue concerns the lack of an internet connection. They do not currently use the internet, which has me stumped when trying to configure a network. I have never set one up for this purpose…
I connected the Desktop using an Ethernet cable to the laptop1, which worked fine when accessing the shared folders. (but it kept me from being able to connect laptop2 with the desktop… so I am thinking of getting a wireless USB for the desktop…)
I did try to set up an Ad Havoc network (using the Network wizard from Vista) from laptop1 to laptop2 with some success until I rebooted… I had some trouble reconnecting to the network… My goal is to have a network that is up and available when one or more of the computers are shutdown, and to share the printers. I don’t want to have to reset the network after every reboot.
Things I still need to do:
Set up user accounts on each computer in order for the other computers to share files.
Install the printers on each of the computers in order for them to print through the network (they aren’t wireless printers).
Check laptop2 to see if a third party firewall is on.
I may purchase a wireless USB for the desktop to eliminate the tether of a cord and to share files between laptop2 and the desktop.
I am looking for suggestions to try, or resources that will help me solve my dilemma. And I need to make sure it is a secure network once it is created.
Thanks so much!!!