How do I share files and folders over a home network?
May 3, 2007 4:26 AM Subscribe
I have a small network consisting of a couple of PC's and a router/firewall/ADSL modem. On one PC, files that are placed in a folder which is shared with everyone else aren't accessible by everyone else. What am I doing wrong?
posted by mr_silver to computers & internet (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have a Netgear DG834G v3 router/firewall/ADSL modem which has three computers connected to it. Two of them wirelessly with dynamic IP addresses and one laptop which is connected directly into the box and assigned a fixed IP. All three machines are part of a workgroup called "Home". All three run Windows XP SP2 and all the latest patches.
The one with the fixed IP we shall call "server". It runs uTorrent. uTorrent downloads content and places it into a folder called "Completed Downloads" which is shared using Simple file sharing to be accessible to all.
The torrents that are downloaded tend to come as a folder, with other files in them. The other two machines on the network can see those folders in the top level. However when they go into any of these folders to get at the actual content, then they get permission denied.
So I turned off simple file sharing on the server and set up permissions so that "Everyone" had full control to the folder. I also made sure that "Inherit from parent" was selected.
Now the other two can see the folder and see the contents of the folder, but when they try to move (or even copy) the contents to their own hard-drive, then they get a permission denied message.
So I then went into the permissions on the folder again and selected "replace permission entries on child objects" and lo and behold, it worked and the other two machines were able to copy and move the files from the laptop! However this only lasted for the content currently there - as soon as new items were placed into that folder they could not be copied or moved.
My goal is simple, I want content to be downloaded on the server to this folder and anyone else on the network to be able to take that content from there and put it on their own machine.
Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do?