I have a 3 PC network at home using a NetGear DG814 ADSL Router. All 3 PCs are using Windows XP.
The problem lies in Windows Networking. When I try accessing a shared directory on another pc (OR EVEN MY OWN), the windows explorer hangs for 5-10 minutes. It then wakes up and displays the contents of the directory. From that point on file access in that shared directory is working perfectly and is in fact very fast.
This behavious also happens whey I try to access one of my shared directories through My Network Places. It hangs for a few minutes and it then works perfectly.
I have to say that an Internet Connection from the router is always available to all 3 PCs with no problems. Also we had no problems playing games like Networked Serious Sam 2.
In our network conenctions We all have:
Clients for Microsoft Networks
configured to use:
QoS Packet Scheduler
File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks
Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
which is configured as:
getting an ip from the router's DHCP server
using the DNS server of the router
gateway being the Router's ip again
Enable LMHOSTS lookup
and Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP
My NIC is an Allied Telesyn AT-2500TX Series PCI Ethernet Adapter (which is my main suspicion of the problem - however all other network uses eg internet connection or gaming work)
This is configured as
APM Wakeup - Disable
Early Tx Threshold - 38
Line Speed/Duplex Mode - Auto Detect
Link Down WakeUp - Disable
Magic Packet - Enable
Network Address (LAA) - Not Present
Receive Buffer SIze - 64K bytes
Any ideas ? I cannot understand why everything works except for Microsoft Networking