I posted the following question on the Windows XP area. Perhaps this is the more appropriate place.
I have a networking problem which I have never been able to solve. At the present time I have a broadband modem/router connecting a desktop machine by cable and a laptop by wireless. Surfing the net with either machine at 1 meg is excellent. The problem is that local network communication from the desktop to the laptop is extremely slow, while from the laptop to the desktop is slick. If I try to access a laptop folder from the desktop it takes several minutes to open the folder. Once this is done further browsing is at normal speeds. Pinging works perfectly in both directions. This problem is independent of the physical network configuration. I started with a single cable connecting the desktop and laptop. Then I changed to a simple hub to enable me to add a Windows 98SE desktop to the cabled network and now I have dropped the 98SE machine and use the router to connect the desktop by cable and the laptop by wireless. The funny thing is that I use a backup program resident on the desktop to write laptop files to DVD on the desktop and this works at normal speeds. I have avoided this problem for over a year now by working one way from the laptop to the desktop but feel that there must be an explanation out there somewhere. Any ideas, please?