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This won't be bad at all. Pick either of the two computers you're happy with and open Windows Explorer(where you can browse the hard disk). Find one of the folders on #2 that you have shared previously that you are satisfied with and right click it and select "Sharing and Security". Note the settings that are used here. Pay particular attention to the settings for the Permissions button in the Sharing tab and the Security tab.
Next, pick a folder on #3 that you want to allow access to from the other computers. Again, select, right click, and pick "Sharing and Security". Configure these settings to match what you had on #2 with the exception of the Share Name which should be different and should be descriptive.
For the printer, go to Control Panel and then Printers. Right click the printer(s) to be shared and select Sharing. Give the Printer and name and change any other settings to match your needs.
One final thing you'll probably want to do is map some of the shares to drive letters on one or more computers so you don't have to go hunting them down in Network Neighborhood each time. Start by finding a Share and then right click it. Select "Map Network Drive" and pick a drive letter for the share. Be sure the check box is selected to re-connect or you'll have to do this every time you boot.
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You'll be using the wireless router to connect the new wireless printer to your home network so make sure the router is up and running. Most new computers and wireless printers are equipped with either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi capabilities. If your printer is not wireless you can purchase a wireless card that plugs into a USB port.
2. Select the Location of the Wireless Printer
The wireless printer should be set up in a place at home or in the office that is accessible to everyone and where there is ample space for paper, printer ink and other supplies. If you are using Bluetooth wireless you may want to give this some thought since Bluetooth printers have a smaller wireless range than Wi-Fi printers.
3. Enable Printer Sharing
The server computer's operating system must be informed that the printer you are adding to the network is a wireless printer. (The server computer is the one the printer is connected to.)
In Windows Vista, this is done by accessing the network settings in the Control Panel and then activating file and printer sharing in the local area network settings.
For Windows XP go to Start, Control Panel, Printers and Other Hardware, "View installed printers or fax printers." Right-click on your printer and select "Sharing", then select "Share this Printer." Give the printer a name and click OK.
4. Add the Wireless Printer to any other Computers on your Network
The other computers on the network must also be set up for using the wireless printer. To do this in Windows Vista, open the Control Panel in the classic view and then open Printers. Right click on the printer that is going to be shared, and then open Properties. In Properties, check the box that allows the printer to be a shared device.
For Windows XP you will need to do the following:
Both this computer and the one the wireless printer is attached to might need a reboot. If you're not seeing the computer it is attached to, double-check that all computers have the same network name: go to Control Panel, Performance & Maintenance, "See basic information about your computer." From there click on "Computer Name" and your workgroup will be displayed.
If you're not seeing the printer, make sure it's switched on. If printer still doesn't work, you may need to install the printer driver using the software CD that came with it.
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