I currently have several computers that my family uses in our house. One is running Windows XP Professional, two are using Windows Vista, and my work computer uses Windows 2000. All of the computers are set up to have multiple users/logins. I currently have a wireless g router connected to my cable modem.
Because I now work from a home office, I need my work computer connected via wired connection to my router and thus the other computers in the house are wireless. I used to have my desktop computer connected via wired connection to the router so that it could serve as sort of a file server and the other computers could use files from the desktop as needed, especially Outlook .pst files. However, now that the desktop is wireless, as soon as someone logs off the computer, it disconnects the computer from the network.
So, my question is, what is my best option to be able to have some sort of a file server so that we could have one location for the Outlook .pst files as well as a common location for other files the we might use from different computers in the house?
I'm also considering changing to a wireless n router because my wireless connections keep dropping sporadically and I've tried a bunch of different configuration changes. So I'm afraid that where I have my current wireless router just doesn't provide the range that the other computers need. But I have to have it where it is because it is in my home office and I need to be connected via wire for my work computer.
Any advice would be MOST helpful.