Sharing files on home network across multiple routers
Posted on 2006-07-01
I'm having trouble sharing files on my home network. It's probably over complicated but it mostly works. The setup is:
cablemodem -> router1 -> PC1 via ethernet
\-> router2 -> PC2 via ethernet
\-> PC3 via wireless
All PCs access the internet no problem & PC2 can see PC3's files. However, I need PC1 to
be able to access PC2 and the two systems can't see each other. I suspect the problem is
with the IP addressing but I don't know how to fix it.
IPConfig for PC1 shows 192.168.123.100; subnet: 255.255.255.0
IPConfig for PC2 shows 192.168.1.105; subnet: 255.255.255.0
Both routers have DHCP turned on. Router1 is an SMC, Router2 is a Linksys. PC1 has XP Pro,
PC2 & PC3 have XP Home. All are on SP2.
XP's firewall is disabled on PC1 & 2 and has been replaced with Zonealarm's firewall.
I have added the entire IP range from both routers to both firewalls (PC1 & 2) as a trusted zone.
All PCs are on MSHome workgroup.
I installed Network Magic on PC1 & 2 to try to resolve this. On PC1 it sees router2 and
gives it an IP of 192.168.123.153. However, it can't see "past" router2.
I've tried XP's network setup several times on PC1 & 2 without luck.
Hope this is enough info.