Lab 6

Chapter 6

Networking and Telecommunications

Windows Peer-to-Peer Networking

In this chapter, we’ve discussed two types of LANs: peer-to-peer LANs and dedicated server LANs. This activity will show you how to set up a peer-to-peer LAN for your house or apartment. We first describe file sharing and then discuss printer sharing.

Windows File Sharing

Windows file sharing enables you to select folders on your computer that you can permit others users on your LAN to read and write. There are three steps to create a shared folder. If you have a MAC, see below.

Step 1. Give your computer an Application Layer Name within a Workgroup
  1. Go to Settings → Control Panel → System
  2. Click on the Computer Name Tab
  3. Click Change
  4. Type in a New Computer Name and Workgroup Name. All computers must have the same work- group name to share files. Each computer within a workgroup must have a unique name.
Step 2. Enable File Sharing
  1. Go to Settings → Control Panel → Windows Firewall
  2. Click on the Exceptions tab
  3. Make sure the box in front of File and Printer Sharing is checked
  4. Go to Settings → Control Panel → Network Connections
  5. Right click on the LAN connection and click Properties
  6. Ensure that the box in front of File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks is checked.
Step 3. Create the Shared Folder
  1. Open Windows Explorer
  2. Create a new folder
  3. Right click the folder name and choose Properties
  4. Click on the Sharing tab
  5. Avoid the Network Wizard and make sure the boxes in front of Share this Folder and Allow Network Users to change are checked
Once you have created a shared folder, other computers in your workgroup can access it. Move to another computer on your LAN and repeat steps 1 and 2 (and step 3 if you like). Now you can use the shared folder:
  1. Double click on My Network Places
  2. Double click on a shared folder
  3. Create a file (e.g., using Word) and save it in your shared directory
  4. Move the file(s) across computers in your workgroup
If you do this on your home network, anyone with access to your network can access the files in your shared folder. It is much safer to turn off file sharing unless you intentionally want to use it (see Step 2 and make sure the boxes are not checked if you want to prevent file sharing).

Deliverables

  1. Do a print screen of Windows Explorer to show the folders on another computer you can access.
  2. Do a print screen to show you can print to the networked printer.

Mac OS File Sharing

Enable Mac to Mac file sharing
  1. Go to the Apple Support page Archived - Mac Basics: File Sharing
  2. Do the steps found there
  3. Test your sharing out with another user with a MAC
Enable Mac to Mac file sharing
  1. Go to the Apple Support page Archived - Mac OS X: Sharing your files with non-Apple computers
  2. Do the steps found there
  3. Test your sharing out with another user with a non-MAC

Deliverables

  1. Do a print screen of Safari to show the folders on another computer you can access on both MAC and Windows
Topic revision: r1 - 2014-10-07 - JimSkon
 
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