Once I'm connected, how can I share?
- You have two or more computers and you want to share files easily.
Sharing files means copying...the first network you may have used was 'sneaker net'...where you copied a file onto a removable media like a thumb drive (used to be a floppy disk) and then walked over to the other computer and plugged in the media and copied from it onto the other computer. There are better ways.
- Local area networks exist in a single location (office or home) and allow sharing files or printers or other resources such as a scanner. The variety of computer operating systems make the details somewhat more complex than the actual concepts. The fundamental concerns are about:
- the security of your data (who can copy from whom and which files/printers/... can they access)
- the quality of your network connections (wired, wi-fi, powerline, ...) and speed (in Mbps)
- the security of your network design (is it wired or wireless with some sort of password)
- the strength and management of passwords and access levels
- Sharing between locations outside of your home or office location requires additional considerations:
- shared tools such as Google Drive (formerly Google Documents)
- remote encrypted storage such as Drop-Box, Accellion
- high speed connections to handle the flow of data in both directions.
We already have a network and it doesn't work