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I am trying to set a network using a wired desktop and a wireless laptop (desktop using XP and laptop using Vista)I am using a Linksys WRT160N, I can get on the internet with no issues at all but when setting the home network I can get them to share files or printers. I need some help or some instruction to find out how to set up.

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In esence this is what you need to do.
if the files you want to share are in the windows xp sytem:
share the folder with the files you want to have accessible in you home network:
1. Select the folder that contains the files you want to share
2. right click the folder and select properties
3. look for a tab called sharing
4. select share this folder and give it a name that will be visible for your network computers (when they look for this folder in "my network places".
for a detail explanation this is the best place.. and check out the video explanation
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304040

do the same thing with a local printer (printer installed and attached to the current computer), go to to printer and faxes, select the printer you want to share, right click on it, go to properties, click on the sharing tab and share the printer and give it a descriptive name.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/expert/honeycutt_july2.mspx

Sharing a folder in vista
http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/e2e03106-2546-4085-bd07-6c3ac95003111033.mspx

Sharing a printer
http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/e3faee7d-a7cd-40aa-b240-006dca11dc451033.mspx

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In the router's lan (not wan) configuration - set the dhcp server (gateway address) to be 10.1.10.1. Then set the addresses of the clients (connected to the router) to be assigned addresses from 10.1.10.10 - 10.1.10.20. Set the desktop's TCP/IP address to be 10.1.10.11 (static) with a subnet of 255.255.255.0, and a gateway address of 10.1.10.1. Set the laptop's wireless connection (TCP/IP adapter) to have a static 10.1.10.12 address with same subnet mask and gateway address of desktop. Change the workgroup on both computers to be of the same name (case sensitive here) to a name such as HOMENETWORK. Then on each computer, open up "My Computer" and right click on folders, files or printers that you want to share on your network!

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