Divide the wireless network into workgroups

By karibarite ·
I have a wireless network that 6 of us share. Three different workgroups.
I want to seperate the other workgroups so they cannot see or share files on the other machines or workgroups, only within their own workgroup
All are running XP pro.
Is this possible within Windows, or a firewall (SPF ?) or the routers ?

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Static or Reservations

by oldbaritone In reply to Divide the wireless netwo ...

Probably the easiest way would be to set up IP address reservations for the different machines, and then use ipSec to allow each machine to connect only to the other IPs in its workgroup. As long as the IP addresses are static or reserved in DHCP, that would work.

Another way would be to set up different subnets, like 192.168.1.x, 192.168.2.x and 192.168.3.x, and assign each workgroup to one of the subnets. That may be a little more tricky to get the machines to route to the internet, but it would not require the ipSec table on every machine.

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Workgroup division

by karibarite In reply to Static or Reservations

Thanks for the response .. think will try the ipSec route first as the second method makes it a little difficult with the internet.
All the machines already are static and have their own IP addresses.
Will let you know how I get on as it does seem a common problem from what I have seen on the forums I have visited .

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A workgroup is a security boundry so you have already seperated them

by CG IT In reply to Divide the wireless netwo ...

they should not be able to access shared resources without having a user account on the computer and in the workgroup they wish to access.

They can reach shares if they know the shared resource name using UNC \\computer name or address\shared name and provide credentials by having an user accounton the computer and in the workgroup that the shared folder belongs to.

To hide shares, you use the $ [dollar] sign.

Depending upon what operating system, such as windows vista or windows 7, you can turn off file and printer sharing in Network and Sharing center.

The only other way to "hide" is to seperate the computers by placing them on different subnets. If the routers support it, you use Vlans.

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