Internet router also used for networking?
This might be a dumb question, but I'm hoping someone here can enlighten me about routers.
I recently purchased an internet router to be able to connect to the internet with my laptop. I also have a desktop (with cable modem) that is serving as the host computer.
My question is, should my laptop be able to network with the desktop (should I be able to access the desktops C drive, files etc with the laptop?? Or do I need a different type of router to also be able to network?
The internet connection is working great from the laptop, but I wouldn't know how to view my desktops drive even if I wanted to.
Every time I boot up, I am getting a firewall message for "System, trying to connect to my computer", but I've been blocking the request since I don't know what that is.
Can anyone shed some light on all this in laymans terms?