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I'm a network noob. I have two computers (one winxp, one win2k) networked through a d-link 614+ router. One computer is directly connected, the other uses a wireless receiver. I want to make the network as secure as possible, since the computers are sharing a lot of important files (financial stuff, etc).

I have enabled 128 bit Hex encryption through the router. I also wanted to set it up so if a user on one computer tries to access the other, they need to enter the password. So I set up different users on each computer, with passwords.

now, when the win2k user tries to access the winxp machine, they are prompted for a password. but when the winxp user tries to access the win2k computer, they are not asked for a password.

so i have a few questions...

1) does it sound like i'm doing things right?
2) is setting users and passwords really going to secure the network, or is there a better way?
3) is there any way i can set it up so that I don't have to log in when the machine boots, but I do have log in to access the remote computer?

thanks for your help.
 

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If you really want it to be secure, download the latest firmware for the DI-614+ and enable WPA on the link. WEP is pretty insecure if someone actually wants to crack the network. I think fooling around with the passwords is probably mostly a waste of time.
 
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