I have this Windows 7 PC, plus another XP SP3 PC.
I am happy to keep them seperate and don't require networking as such, being happy to share any files via external HDD or USB Flashdrive.
One Port of my Router conects to the mains electric circuit via a Devolo "Ethernet over mains power" device and both of the computers are in turn connected to the Router via Devolo. So they sit behind the Routers standard "block incoming" firewall and their own Windows Firewall.
It all just works "plug and play" no software was installed for it and when I installed Windows 7 on the main PC, when I was given the option of which type of Network? I just selected "Public" (The suggested option if you don't know which you want.)
However, when I replaced the faulty Router today with a new one (Netgear DG834) I turned the Windows 7 PC on after connecting it, ready to enter the ISP info, and was prompted to select the type of Network for "Network 2
Again I chose "Public" but, as I am ignorant when it comes to Networking, I was wondering if I have done the right thing? Am I going to end up with 5 or 6 networks in the future, as I replace faulty routers?!
Most of the Networking info is about proper networking and not the appropriate settings for PCs that are to remain seperate behind one Router, so I would be grateful if anyone could advise where best to look for such info or give links to any recommended websites.
Alternatively, can anyone advise whether what I have done is actually OK? In which case I will be saved from reading all the Networking stuff.
"Network and Sharing Centre" just shows:-
This Computer -> Network 2 -> Internet
So I think "Network 2" might be the only network, but am not sure.
Many thanks for any replies or links.