Tom's Easy Home NetworkingAn Editorial by Thomas Blakely
2001-04-29 (updated: 2014-08-18) by Tom Blakely
So you want to set up a home LAN for games and whatnot but are worried about people sneaking in? Well let's get you set up and secure! First, believe it or not, I would not install a password on my home computers for file and print sharing. It's just a bother and we're going to prevent internet access to your files anyways. First the steps, then the explanations.
DO NOT REBOOT UNTIL ALL THE STEPS ARE COMPLETED
Home Networking in Five Steps:
Make sure that each computer has the same "Workgroup" name:
If not listed in the Configuration screen, add NetBEUI. It's explained at the bottom if you want to know what NetBEUI is.
Enable "Sharing" for each drive.
THE FOLLOWING PROVIDES INTERNET SECURITY:
DO NOT bind TCP/IP to file and print sharing:
CLOSE AND REBOOT.
From now on, if you want to see the other systems you will have to use a password when you start Windows. If you DON'T already have a logon password, the first time you re-start, you will be asked for one and whatever you put in there will be your password from then on. It IS case sensitive. If you DON'T enter the correct password or click cancel you will still get into Windows, but the local network (the other systems in your house) will NOT be accessible. It's a security issue. You must logon correctly to use Local network resources.
You should now be able to see each computer in Network Neighborhood. Click on the computer, and you should see the shared drives. Enjoy!
Notes on what we just did and why we did it this way
Thomas (Bouncer) Blakely, CCNA, CCDA
by anonymous - 2006-05-09 14:28
by malmal - 2007-09-19 20:49
On XP Pro, added Netbeui from the xp disk by manually copying files as per Microsoft. When I highlight Netbeui the properties box is greyed out and unusable. My network-properties-local area connection-properties-NETBEUI Protocol-properties greyed out.
Googling is impossible, 10,000 hits on the secret way to enable Netbeui using MS's instructions.
by malmal - 2007-09-19 23:05
by lisabette Howard - 2015-02-13 04:32