Learn the basics about networks and networking.

Networking is really fun and it often makes things easier when you can network every computer in your home and business together. Networking printers, sharing folders and transferring files between computers is very basic.

If you wanted to share your pictures from one computer to the next you could simply right click the folder then left click on properties or sharing.

Kind of simple if you ask me.

But now that you have a folder shared how can you find it?

Well we have a few methods. The easiest and fastest method of finding shares on your computer and network is to look for all shares.

Click on Start and go to your RUN or Search line. Type in \\your-computer-name then click OK or hit Enter. If you don't know your computer name you can Right click on My Computer (Computer) left click on Properties and then click the tab "Computer Name".

Once you enter the \\ computer name (no spaces) windows explorer window will open. This will show all your shared devices, folders from your local machine. Windows 7 uses a cool little network discovery process and can find shares on any network connected computer that is running windows.

From this "How To Guide" section I'll be publishing documents which will be indexed near the bottom of this page. Windows XP will be completely unsupported by 2014 so many of the documents will be using Windows 7. For the most part all components are the same but the screen images may be different.

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Notes: NetStat

Netstat will be your best friend in under 5 minutes when you know what to look for.

Networking yourself, I mean building your network yourself.

Networking is one of the things I can do all day if I had enough energy.

It's fun, complicated and fun all in one.

I'll be sharing my network designs and experiences with you soon.

The topic will cover from a single floor home to a country wide wireless. (Yes, I've done both.)

It's more than just putting up a pole and sticking a box on it.

Quick reference and notes: 

  • %SystemDrive%\Documents And Settings\All Users\Favorites (Windows XP)
  • %SystemDrive%\Users\Public\Favorites (Windows 7)
  • %windir%\system32\ (Win 7/XP)
  • %ProgramFiles% (Win XP or Win 7 64bit)
  • %program files(x86)% (seen it work with %programfiles(x86)% Win 7 32bit)
  • regedit.exe /s editsomething.reg

BAT Net Use Exist

Thursday Oct 31 2013
Bat script to check if a network path exists and if not to create it.

Z Drive Send To Menu

Thursday Oct 31 2013
Use your Send To: command to send documents directly to your home directory or any mapped drive you have setup. Call it a quick send but once you right click, send to and you see your home drive or network shared drive you'll appreciate the time saving.

VPN Networking

Routers and Gateways

Community Local WiFi

Setup your own Shared HotSpot Wireless for friends, visitors, neighbors and the others that might need a secured Wireless network when passing by. Stop having to share your favorite passphrase by building your network with the SSID as your passphrase.

FTP VPN Mapped Drives

Let the fun begin! It is time to learn that bandwidth costs cash. Connect to your VPN at your office and instead of using remote desktop that has a great method of slowing your network down just join and link the FTP folders and map your drives. Now you can work from your native (local) apps and connect and transfer files from folders on your office network without that bandwidth hog RDP running.

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