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Wireless network help

Discussion in 'Networking & NAS' started by nwgarratt, Aug 29, 2005.

  1. nwgarratt

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    I have a Belkin ADSL router on my main computer on ethernet connection. I also have a Bekin USB wireless adapter on another computer and a wireless inside a laptop. It all works great for internet access.

    My problem is sharing files. I would like to access MP3's off a hard disk and a DVD writer wirelessly from the main computer with the router to the laptop.

    I ahve spent days trying to get it to work. The two computers just don't see each other. I do have both computers in my network places on the laptop as workgroup computers. There is nothing on the main computer in my network places.

    I don't need to access the laptop from the main computer.

    I have zonealarm but the hardware has been configured to allow access through the firewall. I also have the XP firewall disabled.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    What is rather annoying is my Father has the same setup and his worked straight away (after I mentioned the configuring the firewall).

    Both Laptop and Main computers has windows xp with SP2.
     
  2. meansizzler

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    Well I could not get it working when I had a belkin, so I got rid of it, Belkin are only good when it comes to cables but networking equipment I stay well clear of, Try getting a D Link DI-784, it's the top of the range router at the moment, and maybe get a seperate ethernet modem, just a thought, not had any experience with ADSL routers..
     
  3. nwgarratt

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    I am stuck with Belkin. My Father also has the same which works.
     
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    Have u run the home networking wizard on both computers. After running that all should be fine.

    If that doesn't work run ipconfig to check ip address and subnet mask of your computers.

    The ip addresses should be quite similar e.g. 192.168.0.2 for 1 computer and 192.168.0.3 for your second computer. The subnet mask would be 255.255.255.0

    If your computers are showing different subnet masks then u have to manually configure them.

    O one other thing is that the router normally takes the 192.168.0.1 ip address.

    I hope that helps...
     
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    You're a bit off topic in this forum but for what it's worth I have a Belkin ADSL router and it works fine. I presume you have tried the XP Network Setup Wizard? The fact that you can access the internet from each PC seems to indicate that the PC to router connections are all fine so it is a Windows networking issue.
     
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    dont worry about the Router, Belkin work just as well as anything else...

    (they would soon go out of business if they sold kit that didn't/ wouldn't work.. :rolleyes:)

    your IP side of things sounds fine if you can see the 'net, I'd check your folder shares and make sure they are OK...

    what are the names of the two machines? what have you shared as the sharenames on the laptop? forget about network places etc for now... too hit and miss even at the best of times..

    try this from the PC:

    start > run

    then type \\laptopname\sharename and hit OK

    after a few seconds, you should get a window open up on your screen showing the contents of the shared folder on the laptop, or, you will recoeve an error message.... which do you get..?
     
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    I have run the network wizard many times.

    The IP address if the router is 192.168.2.1.

    The LAN connection on the router is 192.168.2.5.

    The laptop should be 192.168.2.2 or 3.





    No it is not as it is computer hardware. :confused:
     
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    the network wizard can screw up from time to time... worth checking folder shares manually... right click > properties > sharing

    try accessing the share on the laptop as i mentioned... If that doesn't work, I'd disable ZoneAlarm on the laptop and try again....
     
  9. nwgarratt

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    Thanks for the help. I will have to try what you said a bit later.

    Both PC and laptop have nicgroup as the workgroup.

    PC Name is Silver.

    Laptop is ACER3503.

    I have already set folder to share using the right mouse click
     
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    yeah, those names are both fine.. (names longer than 8 characters should be avoided, these can really screw with filesharing... same for folder sharenames too)
     

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