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Any alternative to xp's built in networking software?

I was wondering if there are any alternatives to xp's home network software and which is recommended? I need it primarly to transfer my files from my laptop to desktop pc's vise versa but I can't stand xp's built in software.

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  • nhuxley Jun 26, 2009

    There part of the same workgroup and no firewall besides the router. I can get the windows software to work I just don't like it and wondered if there was other networking software.

  • Bill Kindle May 11, 2010

    Are both pc's part of the same workgroup??? and are there any software firewall programs such as Symantec or McAfee?

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You can try using Linux.

You can get Linux support here: http://www.linuxquestions.org/

And you can view the latest updates on newer Linux disto's (or distributions, or short for new version or Linux / ...), here: http://www.distrowatch.com/

Thank you very much.

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Http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/maintain/mapdrive.mspx

If you haven't already given this a try, I would recommend trying it out. It's not difficult if you map a network drive. There's no need for additional software to clog up your machines.


If you're still looking for a software solution, there's a commercial one called Network Magic. I think this used to be preloaded on a lot of Dell and HP desktop pc's.

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Ok, what it sounds like you are wanting is a network file management system that is better than windows explorer.

If so, here are some alternatives that i found.

http://www.sofotex.com/download/File_Management/
has a list of free ones. not sure how good they are but may work.
www.tps.com/Products/NFM/nfm.shtm
www.m-files.com
A couple of commercial solutions, primarily business, but could work.
http://www.advexsoft.com/
These guys look like they have what you may need. Check out the advanced file manager.

Posted on Jun 28, 2009

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Connecting Two Computers Directly With Cable for a home network


The simplest and easy way to start a home network 


The simplest kind and easy to maintain of home network contains exactly two computers. You can use this kind of network to share files, a printer or another peripheral device, and even an Internet connection. To connect two computers for sharing these and other network resources, consider the options described below.
Connecting Two Computers Directly With Cable

The traditional method to network two computers involves making a dedicated link by plugging one cable into the two systems. Several alternatives exist for networking two computers in this manner: Ethernet crossover cable
Null modem serial cable or parallel peripheral cable
Special-purpose USB cables
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Null modem serial cable or parallel peripheral cable
Special-purpose USB cables
Ethernet - Of the above choices, the Ethernet method is preferred as it supports a reliable, high-speed connection with minimal configuration required. Additionally, Ethernet technology offers the most general-purpose solution, allowing networks with more than two computers to be built fairly easily later. If one of your computers possesses an Ethernet adapter but the other has USB, an Ethernet crossover cable can still be used by first plugging a USB-to-Ethernet converter unit into the computer's USB port.

Ethernet crossover cables

Serial and parallel - This type of cabling, called Direct Cable Connection (DCC) when using Microsoft Windows, offers lower performance but offers the same basic functionality as Ethernet cables. You may prefer this option if you have such cables readily available and network speed is not a concern. Serial and parallel cables are never used to network more than two computers.

USB - Ordinary USB cables must not be used to connect two computers directly to each other. Attempting to do so can electrically damage the computers! However, special USB cables designed for direct connection exist that can be used safely. You may prefer this option over others if your computers lack functional Ethernet network adapters.

To make dedicated connections with Ethernet, USB, serial or parallel cables requires
each computer have a functioning network interface with an external jack for the cable, and
the network settings on each computer appropriately configured
One phone line or power cord cannot be used to directly connect two computers to each other for networking.

Connecting Two Computers with Cable through Central Infrastructure
Rather than cable two computers directly, the computers may instead be joined indirectly through a central network fixture. This method requires two network cables, one connecting each computer to the fixture. Several types of fixtures exist for home networking: Ethernet hubs, switches, and routers 
USB hubs
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Ethernet hubs, switches, and routers
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Implementing this method often entails additional up-front cost to purchase more cables and network infrastructure. However, it's a general-purpose solution accommodating any reasonable number of devices (e.g, ten or more). You will likely prefer this approach if you intend to expand your network in the future.

Most cabled networks utilize Ethernet technology. Alternatively, USB hubs can be employed, while powerline and phoneline home networks each offer their own unique form of central infrastructure. The traditional Ethernet solutions are generally very reliable and offer high performance.
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infrared
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Infrared networking existed on laptops years before either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth technologies became popular. Infrared connections only work between two computers, do not require a fixture, and are reasonably fast. Being very simple to set up and use, consider infrared if your computers support it and you lack the desire to invest effort in Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

If you find mention of an alternative wireless technology called Home RF, you can safely ignore it. Home RF technology became obsolete several years ago and is not a practical option for home networking.

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