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21-09-2003, 08:13 PM
Hi all
I am setting up an private file sharing network in which four computers
3 X win XP ( 2 which are laptops )
1 X win 95
need to share files for office documention privately through lan and are connected to the internet through a adsl modem/ 4 port router.
I have set up the network cards on each computer with static ip addresses to and sub net WITHOUT file and print sharing bond to tcp/ip.
So the network dialog box has got
Client for microsoft
tcp/ip ( static )
file and print sharing ( not bound to tcp/ip )

Internet access is no problem,
but I want to be able to share files between each computer which only has 1 network card in each machine.

Do I use IPX / SPX/ NetBios Compatible transport Protocol
for more secure file sharing without broadcasting to the greater world.
And if so does anybody know how to set up the network addresses.
Any help please, Thanks

21-09-2003, 08:44 PM
my normal file and print shareing setup is ipx/spx with ipx netbios support ticked and set frame type to 802.3. also address must be the SAME (unlike tcp/ip).

21-09-2003, 08:48 PM
If your ADSL router uses NAT addressing your LAN should be invisible to the outside world. It acts as a hardware firewall.

Go to Steve Gibsons site (www.grc.com) and try the tests "probe my ports" and "shields up".

On my LAN I get a total stealth report, it effectively does not exist.

22-09-2003, 09:13 AM
You should have no problems sharing files over your network, but not the outside world as GF says. You don't need IPX/SPX, that is a Novell thingy. Just enable sharing on each machines' drive that you want to share and that should do it. Equally, NETBIOS isn't really needed in XP.