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Windows 7: Networking Two computers..question/s


20 Nov 2009   #1

 
 
Networking Two computers..question/s

Homegroup or Sharing?

Which should I do. Its my home office computers. I'd like to be able to access files between both machines. Doing this, what precautions should I make that noone can get into my system? I'm a little hesitant to share ALL files on both computers between each other. But i'd like to!

I'm playing with Sharing now but i'm noticing that sometimes when I save a file on one computer it isn' accessible to the other computer until I right click and SHare it. I thought by sharing the folder it would just share every new file. Is there a way to do that?

thanks..


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20 Nov 2009   #2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dragotron View Post
Homegroup or Sharing?

Which should I do. Its my home office computers. I'd like to be able to access files between both machines. Doing this, what precautions should I make that noone can get into my system? I'm a little hesitant to share ALL files on both computers between each other. But i'd like to!

I'm playing with Sharing now but i'm noticing that sometimes when I save a file on one computer it isn' accessible to the other computer until I right click and SHare it. I thought by sharing the folder it would just share every new file. Is there a way to do that?

thanks..

Hi and welcome
Homegroup sharing. In homegroup you share lib's (media, docs, etc) In sharing you share contents. If there are only 2 computers on the network and it is wired, you secure is preety good.

Precautions:

Anti Virus --good one updated automatically ( iuse eset smart security which also has a built in fire wall)
If wifi you can increase security by making your router 'mac address accessable only' that will mean the only machines that can log onto your router must have the address of the network card in your machine.

Those two on wifi should be enough. Always remember the final precaution is not to click on something you don tknow.

Ken J++
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21 Nov 2009   #3

 
 

thanks.! are there any other differences between homegroups and sharing?
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22 Nov 2009   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dragotron View Post
thanks.! are there any other differences between homegroups and sharing?
Dragotron

There are but it quickly becomes a comparison between homegroup, workgroup, and sharing. You can use either homegroup or workgroup. Workgroup is an older technology and good for a work environment. Sharing is different and to some extent easier. Homegroup is the future and uses a technology that is still having growing pains. In workgroup sharing is sharing you right click a folder and share it. The content isnt relevant you can share data or media. Homegroup emphasizes sharing a library making media sharing easier. My own opinion is if I want to share anything it should be a simple right click. Homegroup requires a password and If I feel secure in my local area network I cant be bothered.

I think imo you need to look at both homegroup and workgroup before you can address homegroup vs sharing.

I hope this has helped and if you want feel free to PM me.

Ken J++
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23 Nov 2009   #5

 
 

thanks.. I will look into sharing and workgroups...
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