I have two computers, one running Win2K and the other running WinXP. Both have installed NetBEUI and TCP/IP protocols for local networking as well as internet access. Both PCs connect directly into a HUB, and the hub connects to the cable modem. We both have ZoneAlarm Pro installed.
This setup has worked well (until recently) allowing us to share files between PCs and connect to the interent. I've been hearing that NetBEUI is dead and to go exclusively TCP/IP for local networking and internet access. Unfortunately without NetBEUI we were completely unable to communicate between PCs.
1. With our current network layout how exactly do I get local networking (and retain internet access) without NetBEUI installed?
2. Originally the setup had one PC as Win2K and the other Win98SE. The network layout was identical to what I have now only the local networking was much more snappier. That is, when I accessed the LAN folder of the other PC the connection would be established in about 1 sec allowing me to peruse the other PCs file system. Now with the Win2K-WinXP setup this connection can take about 1 minute and even then I can receive an error message stating the folder is unaccessable. After about 5 minutes the folder will be available. Why is local networking between Win2K-WinXP so much slower compared to my old setup?
3. Only recently my WinXP system has been having troubles transferring files between local PCs. The transfer rate was normally perhaps 1 meg/sec (or so, maybe more) and now its a miserable 30kb/sec. The system just crawls. What happened?