Can not get computer in workgroup to access the other

Posted on 2005-05-16
Last Modified: 2010-03-18
I have a Dell XPS desktop, a Dell C400 laptop, both running XP-PRO, SP2. SYMANTEC ANTIVIRUS, NO FIREWALL SOFTWARE.
I am using a LinkSys SRX router. The XPS is hardwired, the laptop uses a wireless PC card (SRX). A university office line provides internet service.

Internet access is no problem for either computer.

I created a network using Window Wizard, named workgroup OFFICE.
I made sure both computers have unique names (not a single letter overlap)
Both have same username/password (administrator priviliges), guest account off on both
Both have Windows firewall turned off.
I made netBIOS over TCP/IP active for both computers
I turned off Simple fire sharing on both
I turned on/off File-print sharing on both (2 reboots)
I made sure Computer Browser service is active on both
Both belong to same subnet

Here is the problem:

- Both computers appear in the workgroup view, updates their names if changed
- The laptop ( can open the desktop ( and access its files
- The desktop sees the laptop all the time but does not allow access to it - Not once despite all changes above!
- Laptop and desktop can ping server
- laptop can ping desktop by IP address and most of the time by name (less predictable)
- Desktop can ping itself by name or IP BUT NEVER could ping laptop by name or IP.

I appreciate any help with this issue!

More info:

- Desktop looses connectivity to workgroup often. Laptop seems quite more stable.
- Net View command on desktop occasionally returns error 53 or 6118
Question by:AAAlfa
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    Expert Comment

    try adding an entry to the both hosts file like:

    Desktop (laptop hosts file)

    Laptop (desktop hosts file)


    Author Comment

    I actually found out the problem, reading the exchanges addressing a previous posting, with suggestion made by Irmoore.
    It has to do with the CISCO VPN . stateful firewall being on automatically.
    I turned off and worked like a charm, very stable!
    Thanks for your interest in the problem

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