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windows xp dropping signal to windows 2000 server

I have five windows xp computers connected to a router and the router connected to watch guard firebox firewall hardware and then going to my server (windows 2000 server).
Windows 2000 server for some reason keep dropping connection with my xp computers. When I look in network neighborhood I do not see no computers on the network but the server. then when i browse the server some how I get connection again.

what can be the problem

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Pete LongConsultantCommented:
on the server go to command line and issue the following command

net config server /autodisconnect:-1

are your XP clients set up for NetBIOS over TCP/IP?
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pcdocwAuthor Commented:
not sure where would i check for that
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Pete LongConsultantCommented:
On the XP Box

From your Network Connections, select your network adapter and then select "Change Settings of this Connection".  To find your "Network Connections", select "My Computer" from the start menu, then select "My Network Places" and finally select "My Network Connections".

Be sure 'Client for Microsoft Networks" and "File and Printer Sharing" are both installed.  If they are not installed, click the "Install Button" to install them now. - You should also check to ensure the XP built in firewall is DISABLED.   This is in the ADVANCED tab.

Next, select the "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" and click Properties.
 
If you have a network that uses a STATIC IP ADDRESS schema you should see information here.

Next, click the Advanced Button
 
Select the WINS tab.  Under the "NetBios Setting" area, select the "Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP"

References

http://www.homenethelp.com/web/howto/net.asp
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pcdocwAuthor Commented:
this did not help  all the computers dropped connection again
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Zaheer IqbalTechnical Assurance & ImplementationCommented:
Could it be that the networks are going in sleep mode??? to save power??
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pcdocwAuthor Commented:
how can you find that out but it never done this before for the past year it's been installed
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pcdocwAuthor Commented:
is it possible to have a bad router or the soho firwale causing problems
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