Networking to XP Laptops

I am attempting to newtwork two laptops both running xp home.  

Both computers are connected wirelessly to a linksys router to get to the internet.

Steps taken so far:  
1. tried to setting up a wireless network using the network wizard, but when I got to the point to when the wizard told me to plug my jumpdrive into the access point, if found my linksys wireless router has no usb port.  Since I found no usb port I abandoned this setup. I would like to use this feature. How would I accomplish this.

2. Since the computers were already connected to the router, I used the XP network wizard to create a network between the two laptops.  I can see both machines when I view my network computers BUT:

        laptap A has access to laptop B but laptop B cannont access laptop A.

-Both have Norton Internet security installed and I haved setup networking to allow the range of IP addresses to connect to each machince.
-windows firewall is off on both machines
-I have created guest accounts on each machine

Suggestions please,
Thanks for your help.

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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
Networking XP

*****Most Networking Problems with XP*****

Are caused by Firewalls (either hardware or software)
If you have Zone Alarm, Black ICE Defender etc turn them off! If the problem goes away, you need to reconfigure the firewall. Also Windows XP by default has a built in firewall (ICF) to disable
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2.  Click the Dial up, LAN or High–Speed Internet connection that you want to protect, and then, under Network Tasks, click Change settings of this connection.
3.  On the Advanced tab, under Internet Connection Firewall, select the following:  Clear the Protect my computer and network by limiting or preventing access to this computer from the Internet check box. This disables the firewall; your computer and network are then vulnerable to intrusions.

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Rob WilliamsCommented:
1. >>" if found my linksys wireless router has no usb port"
The USB port they are referring to is on the PC or laptop. It will copy the configuration files to that to import to another device, such as another computer.

2. >>"laptap A has access to laptop B but laptop B cannont access laptop A"
Most often due to a firewall. Verify the firewall is off/configured properly on laptop A.
-Also you need to have one shared file on the computer for it to be visible.
-Better and more secure than the guest account is to create the exact same account on both computers; exact same UserName and password. Password should not be blank.
Rob WilliamsCommented:
Sorry PeteLong, I didn't refresh before posting, some duplication there.
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Bring up the Properties page for the wireless adapter on Laptop A. You should see a list of services and protocols that the adapter uses, starting with "Client for Microsoft Networks." Below that you should see "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks." Both of those should have checkmarks indicating that they are active on that connection. If the File and Printer Sharing is not checkmarked, mark it; if it's missing altogether, install it by clicking the "Install" button and selecting it from the Service list for Microsoft.

Now check the bindings on Laptop A. On the Network Connections page (where all network adapters appear), click Advanced, Advanced Settings. In the top section, select the wireless adapter. In the bottom section, under "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks," you will see one or more protocols such as "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" and "NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol." Compare this to what Laptop B has; they have to be using the same protocol if they are to succeed in talking to each other.
check settings, ips and make sure you have same workgroup set up.
First thing to do dissable all firewalls, second thing check the configuration on both computer, third thing to do check the configuration on the Linksys router. One good thing to do is to update the firmware of the linksys. If you still do not get it working reset the linksys and start over!!!!
Hi there,

Lots of good stuff here and don't wish to repeat anything, but I didn't see anything about workgroup names.
In System Properties, on the Computer Name tab, ensure both machines are part of the same Workgroup.
Ensure File and Printer sharing is enabled on both.
Ensure same user account and password on both machines.

Hope that helps.
>>Both have Norton Internet security installed

Norton's contains a firewall also, that needs to be disabled. Also, as RobWill said, both need to have a filed shared.
Just adding that the windows firewall would be best turned off in the services on laptop a, so you knock out internet connection sharing  service too; you get it from the router.

Control Panel --> Administrator Tools --> Services --> Windows Firewall / ICS
AmjorAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your help.  Since PeteLong answer first, and it workd.  I will award him the points.

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