I previously asked a question regarding some difficulty I have having setting up a home network. My system rundown is that I recently purchased a Linksys Wireless access point, but am not using the wireless networking feature yet. I have a desktop PC that has WinXP on it, and that machine is primarily used as a server for Grand Prix Legends and as an ftp server for the replays that spool from the game. I have a Dell Inspiron laptop that serves as my primary computer and sits.
I followed the advice resulting from this question I asked previously and the network was set up great. 2 machines with 2 static IP's and DHCP enabled on the router (see http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Q_20522564.html
But now I have discovered a problem. Whenever I shut down the laptop and then restart it, the laptop is unable to connect to the network. I get a message that says it was unable to establish network connections and to check my computer.
What's wierd is that I can see the network connections and they are no different than thay were when I shut down the computer;
The Netowrk conenctions window has 3 items listed
Local area Connection - Network Bridge - Enabled, Bridged
Network Bridge 12 - Network Bridge - enabled
1393 Connection - Network Bridge - enabled, bridged
When this problem happens, my network drives, internet are unavailable and if I go to view the whole network, the only computer visible is my laptop...the other computer isn't there.
The only way I figured out to fix is, is I remove the 'Network Bridge 12), then run the Connection Wizard again.
I'm sure there is a pretty simple explanation and solution, but I'm new to this so I appreciate any help.