Step 1: Introduction to sharing folders in Windows Vista Once you've set up your home network, it's time to take advantage of your ability to share folders and files. We live in a world of home offices, digital photographs and home movies, electronic gaming, and fast-paced schedules. Your home network can be an integral part of your household's entertainment and communication.
The holidays were rich in family moments captured by your digital camera and the new digital video recorder. But now what do you do with the pictures and videos? Why not store them on your home network in a shared folder so everyone in the household can see them? Let your family select the photos they want to print or the videos they want to burn to DVD.
Play multi-player computer games with the other members of your family across your home network. You can play against the other members of your family or join them as partners against opponents on the Internet.
Having trouble keeping up with everyone's schedule? Create a master schedule where everyone enters their appointments, recitals, soccer games, and events in a shared folder.
A notebook computer on a wireless home network allows you to store the files of a large project on the larger capacity of your desktop computer while enjoying the flexibility to work on your notebook computer anywhere within the range of your wireless router. You can work from your patio, on the couch by the fireplace, or any other location within your router's range.
It takes only a few minutes to configure file sharing on your home network, and you'll be ready to enjoy some of the additional benefits it offers.