Here’s the situation:
We have a main desktop PC downstairs with a cable broadband connection.
My wife often works upstairs on her laptop, which is owned by the school where she teaches.
At the weekend I bought a wireless router. The desktop PC is connected to that, and the wireless network works fine - I can get online from my iPod Touch all round the house, and the laptop also picks up the network. So far so good.
The original idea was that my wife would also be able to access the internet from her laptop upstairs, but the school says that is strictly verboten and she must only access the internet via the school firewall. Fair enough, but she still wanted to be able to print from the laptop without carting it (or the printer) round the house.
Here’s where I earned my place in the doghouse: the work laptop is in a domain at the school. I wanted to add it to a workgroup at home. So I went into the settings, selected the workgroup, saw the warning on the screen about “this computer’s account on the domain will be deleted” yeah blah blah blah, and clicked OK anyway. Restarted the laptop and… oops. Locked out of the laptop. Get the administrator password and I can get on to the laptop, but my wife’s “school” folder, which gets synced with the school network, is not there. Ah - so that’s what it meant by “the account will be deleted”. :rolleyes:
Anyway, her school IT people will be sorting that out this week, but I need advice. As I have demonstrated above, I’m pretty clueless. So…
To share a printer over a wireless network, do I need a wireless print server? Or can I have the printer directly connected to the main PC and access it that way? (I’m pretty sure the “Add Printer” dialogue has an option for "printer connected to another computer.)
How can I add the laptop to the home workgroup without it being removed from the school domain?
How long will it be before my wife finds it funny that I screwed up a whole weekend’s worth of her work?
Edited to add: both PCs run Windows XP (the laptop is XP Professional)