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Two Win2000 pcs network, one w/firewall and printer, would like to access the printer.

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I have two computers running Win2000.
1stPC has McAfee virus and running a popup blocker.

2ndPC has McAfee Suite, Firewall, Popupblocker. The printer is connected to this printer and shared.
It is called Hplaserj.

1stPC ip 192.167.17.17  just made it up
2ndpc ip 192.167.17.69  "              "
Gateway on both pcs are 192.168.1.1
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DNS preferred is setup with a IP address along with a Alternative DNS.
Why do I need this?  I couldn't find the Internet until I put this in the 2ndPC.
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I setup McAfee to let 1stPC IP get access to the 2nPC printer. I had it working then I lost the internet.  I added the Gateway and  DNS and now the internet works but I can't get the 1stPC to see the Printer.  It says WORKGroup can't be found.. or something like that.

I want to Share the Printer on 2ndPC, but I need to run the full Version of McAfee.

Any ideas?
Thanks, Paul




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share the printer using a different connection , client for microsoft networks for instance
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Ensure both vomputers are on the same Workgroup.

I assume 192.168.1.1 is a router of some brand, in that case adjust your netmask in the routers DHCP server to 255.255.255.0 or lock it down harder if you are only using 2 PC's on your network with a 255.255.255.252 netmask

Restart the network on your 2 PC's with Auto Config if this is the way you want to go, else give them static IP addresses of 192.168.1.x range where x is within the range of the netmask in previous step.  EXAMPLE: if your DHCP Server is set to 255.255.255.0 then the x can be any number between 2-254

Example: Computer 1
IP Address: 192.168.1.2
Netmask: 255.255.255.0
Default gateway: 192.168.1.1
Primary DNS: (Your ISP DNS1)
Secondary DNS: (192.168.1.1 or your ISP Secondery DNS)

Computer 2 should be the same as above except IP Address: 192.168.1.3

Ensure computer 2 with the printer attached has a firewall ALLOW rule to allow access to 192.168.1.2.

You asked the question about why you need the DNS address added.  Well regardless of whether you are using automatic IP assignment or static, your computer needs a DNS to resolve internet names to IP addresses,  DNS Servers do this, if not for them, you will have to refer to every web site you want to visit as a number such as http://216.239.57.99.  which is google.com .

Under your Network Connections, right click on the LAN Adaptor you are using and select Properties. Ensure you have the following in the list.
-Cleint for Microsoft Networks
-File and Print Sharing
-TCP/IP

Once you have checked all the above, open My Computer on computer 1 and in the address bar type the following
\\{computer name}   you should see a list of shared resources on computer 2

If not try \\192.168.1.3 and see what happens, if it works for the later, you still have DNS problems.
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I have another question about the network setup.

1. I setup the network as follows above.  I setup McAfee to allow the use of IP 192.168.1.2.  I think this is the ALLOW rule you where talking about?
2. The internet works on all of the computers.
3. I do the end stuff with the  \\computer and get the computer and printer.   The printer then works fine.  I drag the printer over to my desktop.

4. When I shutdown both computers.  I start up the computer with the firewall and printer, then startup the other computer.  The other computer cannot find the printer, it looses the printer, but the internet works.

There is a DNS setup on the other computer.  I used that same DNS on both computers.  Is that ok?   Any other suggestions would be great.  I don't know what else I can check.

I'm using a Linksys 4port router.  Its about 2 years old.
Thanks again.


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by:happythedog
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blow out all he above and simply lockdown the printer through permissions , to share it use roaming windows profiles
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by:karl_Pacey
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When you use the \\computername  in a address bar to get to the other computers on your network, does it ask you for a username and password to connect?

If so, tick the box that says remember my password

Are you using simple file sharing mode ?
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