Tech Notes on Network File Sharing

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What is network sharing, the basic concepts

We have all heard this term a lot. If you want to get a fast primer on what Network File Sharing is, have a look at the selection of Youtube video and website links we have selected for you. They are ordered from easy (even a grandma can understand) to comprehensive (that will impress your friends at the next party). Here goes:

What is a network? Lets not skip this step. Explained in plain English:

Wikipedia says on the topic of Local Computer Network: "A local area network (LAN) is a network that connects computers and devices in a limited geographical area such as home, school, computer laboratory, office building, or closely positioned group of buildings. Each computer or device on the network is a node."
The article becomes quickly quite techie, but still have a look on the page for a quick broader picture.

How to turn file sharing on Win7 & XP

File sharing is the technology that allows you to access your documents, pictures, and media, on other computers in a LAN. By turning on file sharing, you are allowing other to access files on your computer In other words, turning on file sharing is the first step in making your computer life easier. Here are some resources that show you how to turn on file sharing:

Here's a helpful video on how to enable file sharing on Windows XP and Vista, in case you don't want to read a tutorial. This video shows you step by step the exact process:

How to access a share from Win7 & XP

Sharing files over the network isn't any good, if you don't know how to access them. These tutorials will show you how to access the files shared on one computer, from another computer.

If you don't want to read a tutorial on accessing file shares, these tutorial videos are helpful:

File shares and a Mac

You can easily share files on a Windows computer. Just because your Mac runs a different Operating System doesn't mean that it can't play ball with Windows. Check out these links to get the details on file sharing with a Mac:

Troubleshooting: Common problems when sharing

Here is a collection of links which fix common problems encountered, when sharing files over the network.

Troubleshooting: common problems with accessing shares

No one likes it when things break on your network. Nothing is more stressful than trying to troubleshoot what the problem is on your network, when something doesn't work right. Check out these links, which can help you resolve common problems with your network.

Troubleshooting: Win7 doesn't remember my password to the share

When Windows 7 forgets your password to a network share or server, there is an easy way to fix it. The easiest solution is to use a software package called Credential Manager. Credential Manger allows you to easily save passwords used on network shares. Check out these links on Credential Manager:

Sometimes, Credential Manager doesn't always work perfectly. Check out these resolutions to common problems with Credential Manger:

Troubleshooting: How to Disable or Configure Your Firewall

Firewalls are great for blocking network access from other computers to your computer. However, we don't want a firewall to block access to and from computers on our network! Check out these links for information on how to properly configure your software firewall application.

If you still can't get the firewall configured properly, you may have to manually add the port numbers through the firewall. This article shows how to do this, using the Windows firewall:

Troubleshooting: Wireless Network Connectivity

Wireless networks are one of the most common ways to network your house. Growing in popularity steadily, everyone loves the ease of use that wireless brings to your home. However, they aren't bug free, and they do have common problems. Check out these links, for resolutions to some common wireless networking problems:

Troubleshooting: Advanced Networking Problems

Sometimes, networking isn't easy at all! It's hard sometimes to figure out exactly what the problem is, and frustrating when you don't have a degree in Computer Science. Check out these resources, which go over advanced networking troubleshooting, using utilities such as 'ping', and 'nbtstat'.

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