Help with simple home-network.

Posted on 2004-10-26
Last Modified: 2010-03-18
I'm having a hell of a time getting two computers to see each other in my home. I'll provide all the details I can think of, ask away for additional.

I'm running Win2k Server. The workgroup is called PHAEDRUS and the computer name is DESKTOP.  I have the DESKTOP\\transfer as a share, which is c:\transfer.

The Win2k box is plugged directly into my Linksys Wireless G2.4 router, which is connectec to a cable modem. Networking/internet all work fine on this machine.

I also have an XP Pro laptop, with a corresponding Linksys USB wireless adaptor. The wireless network has all the encryption/security setup, I am able to access the internet from the laptop via. the wireless router with no problems. (the Win2k box is plugged directly into the router.) The XP Pro box is also setup on the PHAEDRUS workgroup, and is named LAPTOP.

Anyway. On the Win2k box, if I click My Network Places, I see Desktop and Laptop listed.  I double click Desktop (ie. this box) and I can see my \transfer share (as well as other shares,  and my shared printer) but if I double click on Laptop I get an error message "\\Laptop is not accessible, The Network path was not found"  (but when I unplug the USB wireless adaptor from the laptop, \\Laptop no longer appears in the network neighborhood of the Win2k box) - same vice-versa, from the Laptop, I can see that Desktop exists, but it's not accessible.. Clearly they see each other, but that is it.

I try doing a ping from the DOS prompt from one to the other, it hangs for a bit and eventually says it's not found.

All I really want to be able to do is have at least one folder shared between the two machines, and be able to print from the laptop to the desktop into which the printer is plugged.

What am I doing wrong?

Question by:PMH4514
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    Accepted Solution

    First try and log into each computer with the same username and password.  Make sure that they are both exact, and that each local account has the proper access to the share.

    Second, you can temporarily disable the firewall on Windows XP if it is turned on.  To do this, go into the properties of the network connection.  On the advanced tab, if you are running SP1 you will see "Protect my compter...".  Unchecking that will disabled the firewall.  On SP2 you will need to click the "settings" button on this tab.  If you do not have 3rd party firewall software installed, remember to turn this back on when you are done testing and not to surf unsafe sites will it is disabled.  If you have 3rd party software that you are confident in, you can leave this off.

    Third, on each computer run gpedit.msc.  Check these values:
    Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> User Rights Assignments:
    Access this computer from the network
    Deny Access to this computer from the network

    Author Comment

    sorry took me so long. I did all 3 of the above. success!


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