People primarily purchase routers in order to create a Wi-Fi network for their home or small business but what they don’t always know is that when they install the router, they are also creating a Local Area Network, or LAN, which allows connected devices to share designated files or folders over the network. A LAN by definition supplies networking capability to a group of computers within the same network and is useful for sharing resources like files, printers, games and more.
So how do you make the most of your LAN? Well if you’re interested in sharing files over your network, then follow these simple steps below to get started.
Sharing files and folders on a homegroup
- Right click the item you want to share and then click ‘Share with’.
- Choose one of the following options:
- Homegroup (Read) – This option shares the item with your entire homegroup, but the people in your homegroup can only open the item and cannot modify or delete it.
- Homegroup (Read/Write) – This option shares the item with your entire homegroup and lets them open, modify, and/or delete it.
- Specific people – This option opens the File Sharing wizard, which allows you to select individual people to share items with.
- When you’re finished adding people, click ‘Share’. If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
- After you receive confirmation that your item is shared, you can let people you’ve shared with know how to access it by sending them an email.
- When you’re finished, click ‘Done’.
Accessing shared files
- Click Start and then click your username.
- In the left-side pane under ‘Homegroup’, click the user account of the person whose files you want to access.
- In the file list, double-click the folder you want to access and then select the item(s) you want to open or view. Click here for information on how to share files and folders by copying or moving them into one of the Public folders, such as Public Music or Public Pictures.
Sharing files and folders
- Open Sharing preferences
- Log in with an administrator user account.
- From the Apple menu, choose ‘System Preferences’.
- Type File Sharing in the ‘System Preferences’ search field and press ‘Enter’.
- Below the Shared Folders list, click the Add (or +) button.
- Find the folder you want to share. To select multiple folders, press and hold the Shift key while selecting folders with the mouse.
- Repeat this process for all folders you wish to share
Accessing shared files
- On the shared Mac, open ‘Sharing preferences’ and select ‘File Sharing’. The address appears below the “File Sharing: On” indicator, and looks similar to this example: afp://188.8.131.52/
- In the Finder, choose Go > “Connect to Server.”
- Type the network address for the computer or server in the Server Address field.
- Click Connect.
- If necessary, enter your user name and password and select the server volumes or shared folders.
- To make it easier to connect to the computer in the future, select “Remember this password in my keychain” to add your user name and password for the computer to your keychain.
Now that you can share files all across the LAN check out this blog on the other tricks your router has up its sleeve.