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Networking tower and laptop - again

By liztalago ·
I'll try to rephrase my previous question as I think it was confusing. I have a laptop connected wirelessly to the internet. I want to be able to use my pc's tower as an external hardrive where i can store files. My questions are as follows:
1. Can I view and manage the contents of my tower's hardrive on my laptop if configured correctly? (allowing me to managae files and download directly onto the tower's hardrive, more specifically can I use the laptop as the screen for my tower?)
2. does the tower need its own internet connection to do this?
3. If possible what type of hardware is needed?

Please note that I'm really new at all this and step-by-step help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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by CG IT In reply to Networking tower and lapt ...

you need to connect the tower to the wireless router. Either wired connecting to the routers 4 port switch or wirelessly. Either one will work.

Then you have to setup a simple network and file/folder sharing. For Windows XP see this MS KB article on setting up a simple network. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/813936/

there's 8 parts to this so read each one and follow the steps.

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by robo_dev In reply to Networking tower and lapt ...

1) Windows file sharing can allow your desktop drive to appear as a local drive on your laptop.

When you say 'laptop as a screen' for the tower, that would involve some remote control software such as Windows XP Remote Desktop or Synergy
http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/

2) The desktop needs a network connection, but not an internet connection.

3) As long as you have wired or wireless network hardware for each device and a switch, access point, or router to plug them into, you have the hardware. If you have Windows XP on each machne, you have the software you need.

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by liztalago In reply to Networking tower and lapt ...

Can I put a wireless card in the tower instead of attatching it to the wireless router?

The tutorial is a bit confusing to me...is the network card they are referring to the same as a wirelesss card? If I already have LAN on the tower do I need a network card? Is the signal distributor they are referring to the same as the router you referred to in your post? Are steps 3 and 4 for the host computer? Thank you again for your patience!

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by liztalago In reply to Networking tower and lapt ...

Thanks robo for your prompt response. (2) If the desktop has LAN do I need a network card? (3) If the laptop is connected wirelessly can I attatch a wireless card to the pc instead of running a cable from the pc to the router? (It's too far away from the router for that) Thanks for bearing with me...much appreciated.

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by CG IT In reply to Networking tower and lapt ...

Comment from liztalago@... on 09/01/06 :
Thanks robo for your prompt response. (2) If the desktop has LAN do I need a network card? (3) If the laptop is connected wirelessly can I attatch a wireless card to the pc instead of running a cable from the pc to the router? (It's too far away from the router for that) Thanks for bearing with me...much appreciated.

Ok, LAN = local area network. The term LAN implies computers linked together either wired through a switch/hub or wirelessly through a wireless Access point or router.

You can hook up your tower computer wirelessly to your wireless router/access point by getting a wirless NIC [Network Interface Card].

Once you connect the tower to the wireless Router/Access point, and the laptop also connects to the same wireless router/access point, follow the 8 part step by step instructions of setting up a simple workgroup with Windows XP from the Microsoft Help and Support Knowledge Base article I provided a link to in my previous post.

Once you do all that, then come on back and ask about mapping a drive letter to a shared folder.

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by ICB's corner In reply to Networking tower and lapt ...

I guess that you have got laptop connected by wireless card to your provider and a tower pc with a network card.
1. Connect laptop and PC by crossover cable, share the PC'disk or partition with full control for a user who must be on both computers. You can use Remote Desktop Connection to view the screen of the PC.
2. No
3. None. Just hardware for 1.

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