Creating a Network with my PC

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  1. The_Wall macrumors member

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    Hi to all. I recently got my wireless network router running in my house and everything is going ok. I do have a couple of questions though. My parents PC is connected to our router as well and I was wondering how I would connect to it in order to get a few files from it.

    Also, I was wondering if those of you with a Netgear router (802.11 G) could help me with being able to put a password on my wireless network so only those with a password could use it. Any other tips for using a wireless network would be helpful too. Thanks a ton.

    The_Wall
     
  2. ftaok macrumors 601

    ftaok

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    Wall,

    I can help with the password thing.

    1. The first thing you should do is change the name of your network to something other than NETGEAR.

    2. The second thing you should do is change the router's password.

    ---> By doing the 2 steps above, a passer-by won't see NETGEAR and won't be able to know the default router address, with the default router password.

    3. Log into your router and find the area where you can select the level of encryption.

    3a. I chose 128-bit, but you can use 40/64 if you want.

    3b. Make sure the "Key 1" button is clicked and type in a phrase. You'll notice that a long string of numbers will pop up in the Key 1 box. Copy this string down as this is your passkey.

    4. After you've set everything, your Mac may be locked out of the router.

    5. Go up to the Airport widget and choose your network.

    6. Type in the password preceded by $ or #. Whichever works. Some people say that the $ isn't necessary, but on my setup, I needed to use it.

    7. You should be all set.
     
  3. The_Wall thread starter macrumors member

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    ftaok,

    thanks a lot...I got it all working with a 128-bit encryption. Now i'll just have to lget it connected to my parents PC. thanks a lot.

    The_Wall
     
  4. epiphany macrumors regular

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    Wall,
    go to www.macwindows.com
    They have excellent tutorials on networking the two together. (Tutorials are in menu list on the right hand side of the main page.)

    Sharing thru your browser is probably the easiest to accomplish.
     
  5. epiphany macrumors regular

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    Wall,
    go to www.macwindows.com
    They have excellent tutorials on networking the two together. (Tutorials are in menu list on the right hand side of the main page.)

    Sharing thru your browser is probably the easiest to accomplish.
     
  6. The_Wall thread starter macrumors member

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    epiphany,

    thanks a lot. I will check it all out in a little while when i get a chance.

    The_Wall
     
  7. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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