I am frustrated with the whole home network thing in XP! Everytime I try to set up networks, I see my life flashing before my eyes. I allot 2 hours and 6 later I'm still befuddled!
I'm working on a pretty straightforward situation. Three PC's running Win XP SP2 w/Norton Internet Security. They want to have two connect wirelessly and one be connected to the Linksys Router directly. (I'll call this computer "Main"). (One of the two wireless computers is in one of those desk cabinets and getting really poor connectivity to the wireless router--may need to be changed to a wired connection).
They want to do file and printer sharing with an HP OfficeJet 7110 which is hard wired to the Main computer.
First, I found out about 2 hours after I started that they tried to set up a network before unsuccessfully on the MAIN computer.
First, I got the wireless router up and running w/everyone connecting to the internet. Then I went through the s/u a home or small office network wizard on each computer w/the same options for all--basically ignoring the internet component and wanting to enable printer and file sharing.
Then, I went to the local computer on MAIN and enabled sharing.
Then I went to the two other computers to see if they could access the printer. NOTHING.
Restarted everyone and still the same result.
This should be so simple. What am I doing wrong?