Posted on 2004-04-25
I have a problem that is driving me nuts. Recently, I've created a wireless network at home. I use a PC (WinXP) and a laptop (Win2000) in this network. They both connect to a wireless (linksys) router. This router is connected to an ADSL modem by a wire.
Using internet on both machines is no problem, works smoothly. However, connection from PC to laptop or vice versa just won't work. Pinging the other machine by ip-address is never a problem, browsing shares using ip-addresses neither. Finding the other machine via explorer works fine on the laptop (Win2000), on the PC (XP) the result is very unpredictable. Currently, XP won't even show the very computer it's running on in the workgroup it belongs to, claiming the workgroup is not accessible (?!).
The problem: using computer names, I can't reach one machine from the other ("network path not found"). Any clue what's going wrong?
Windows will automatically choose the modem as DNS. Setting the router as DNS makes no difference.
The modem and router have a firewall enabled, but other than that all connections are firewall-free. The problem occurs without firewalls on PC and laptop running, and even with the router-firewall disabled. Given the fact that the machines can reach eachother by ip-address, I would think it's logical that firewalls don't cause the problem.
Your help would be GREATELY appreciated.