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File sharing after wireless network is operational

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I have a wireless network in the house with two desktop computers connected to it.  Both computers are running Windows XP Home.  The wireless equipment is Linksys and Verizon supplies a DSL connection to an external modem.   A router is at one computer and an adaptor at the other.  Both computers are able to access e-mail and the internet fine using the wireless network. In addition, I use the network to update a TIVO player and for WIFI on my Palm.  Everything works OK. Windows XP firewalls are turned on.

I want to take this one step further and share certain files and possibly printers between the two computers.  However, I seem to be unable to get the computers to be properly recognized for this, much less share the files.  At computer A where the modem and router are located, I tried setting up a small network using the wizards in Windows XP.  I gave the network the same name as the wireless network.  At computer A, it appears that the network is picking up Computer A as part of the network.  However, when I tried a similar setup at computer B where the adaptor is, it doesn't seem to recognize Computer B as part of the network.  I've tried various combinations but nothing seems to pick up computer B.  What am I missing or what procedure should I follow to get Computer B picked up?

Thanks for any help.

James
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try this
start>>settings>control apnnels>network connections>network setup wizzard

follow the prompts and check the buttons that apply to you.... then at the end click just finish the wizard

good luck
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Agree with SirBounty - stay away from wizards.  You learn more, and at least have a chance of setting it up right, without the wizards.

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Sirbounty--

I finally got it to work with the help of your suggestions and it even works with the Windows XP firewall turned on.  I will send the points your way.  Thanks very much for your help.

A couple of questions:

1. We frequently leave our computers in standby mode--I assume if one of the computers is in that mode, that networking into it will not work.  Is there a way to wake the computer up remotely?

2. My wife and I wondered how you were able to answer the original question so quickly (seemed like 2-3 minutes) with such a detailed response including referenced webpages.  Do you have responses to this kind of question on file?  Even if you do, we are surprised that you are able to find the response so fast.  Thanks again.

James
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>>1. We frequently leave our computers in standby mode--I assume if one of the computers is in that mode, that networking into it will not work.  Is there a way to wake the computer up remotely?<<

If supported by the hardware - check the BIOS


>>2. My wife and I wondered how you were able to answer the original question so quickly (seemed like 2-3 minutes) with such a detailed response including referenced webpages.  Do you have responses to this kind of question on file?  Even if you do, we are surprised that you are able to find the response so fast.  Thanks again.<<

Ordinarily, I'm like a magician and don't reveal my secrests -but since I impressed both you and your wife - I'll say (a) experience comes in very handy (b) some pre-written subject matter is kept readily available and (c) I'm a really fast typist.  :D

Glad it worked for you...thanx.
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