If you have ever tried to network computers together, share printers, share files, and/or set up a wireless network, then you know what a trying experience it can become. For those who have never done this before, I usually recommend you have someone who is famaliar with networking do the setup for you your first time out.

I tried this software from Network Magic – which just happens to be called Network Magic 4.0 – and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it actually worked. The user interface is very intuitive and user friendly. OK, I hate the term ‘user friendly,’ but in this case it actually is.

The software scanned the network, located the router, and also a connected printer. It ask if I wished these to be shared or not, then proceeded to set up file sharing options, again asking which files I wished to share on all connected systems. This was painless and simple, and the software also showed a simple colorful diagram of the network. Overall, I thought the software was a no-brianer. The only thing it didn’t find was my print server. 🙁

Is this software made for everyone? Nope. If you are a seasoned guru used to setting up a network, this may be too simple and with too few options for your liking. But for those who have never set up a network before, I would recommend giving this software a try. Oh… IT’S FREE, also.

Network Magic can be downloaded from here. A premium, paid version is also available.

If you try this software, please leave a comment and share your experience.

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