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WTB Help: Basic Home Networking

projectmayhemprojectmayhem Registered User regular
Oh hello there, I didnt see you come in. Would you like some tea? A piece of cake? All in due time. You came here for a reason so lets go ahead and hash it out.

I understand computers. I use them quite often however when it comes to home networking I honestly have no clue whats up and whats down.

I have a Win7 Desktop and Win 7Laptop and a Mac Mini. I have no clue how to get these three things to talk to each other. The main thing I want is to be able to access my files between all three computers, Music, Photos, Documents, ect.

All three are hooked up through wifi via wireless router. And um. thats about as far as I can get as far as home networking is concerned.

Any help will be rewarded with <3s and wangs.

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  • SpudgeSpudge Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Well setting up filesharing between the two Win7 machines is easy - just set up your homegroup

    Once your homegroup is set up, you should be able to SMB to the Win7 machines (smb://{IP address} and select guest user). As for going from Win7 to Mac, I found this:
    Accessing Mac OS X Windows Sharing from Windows 7
    Windows 7 will not work with Mac OS X Windows file sharing support by default. If you attempt to access a folder shared from Mac OS X, Vista will display a logon error repeatedly.
    The problem is that Vista, by default, will only use NTLMv2 for authentication, which is not supported by Mac OS X's Windows Sharing service.
    The other problem is the Minimum Session Security for NTVLM SSP based Clients.
    To get around this:
    1. In Vista, open the Control Panel
    2. Switch to "Classic" view
    3. Double-click Administration Tools
    4. Double-click Local Security Policy
    5. Or Secpol.msc
    6. Expand "Local Policies" and select "Security Options"
    7. Alternate : Type secpol.msc to get editor up then
    8. Locate "Network Security: LAN Manager Authentication Level" in the list and double-click it.
    9. Change the setting from "Send NTMLv2 response only" to "Send LM & NTLM - use NTLMv2 session if negotiated"
    10. Network Security: Minimum session security for NTLM SSP Based (including secure RPC) Clients
    11. Change the setting from "require 128 bit" to unchecked (No Minimum)
    12. Click OK

    the real difference between vista and windows 7 procedure is 10 and 11

    edit: don't forget to turn on SMB Sharing on the Mac: System Prefs / Sharing / Filesharing / Options dialog

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