Connecting a workgroup in multiple subnets.

I have a client with computers in Workgroups on multiple subnets running windows XP Home.  Is there a way to get them to communicate or do I have to update some so that there is an XP Professional on each subnet set up as a WINS server?


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If routing is set up they should be able to communicate now by IP address.  If you want to communicate by hostname you will need some type of name resolution. For a network with XP clients I'd go with DNS instead of WINS.  Your router may be able to act as a DNS server.  You should check your documentation.
dougbroadwellAuthor Commented:
The routers I am using (Netgear FVS318v3, through a VPN Tunnel) do not provide DNS facilities.  I can set up static routing and static IP addresses on the computers if that helps.

Try connecting to a computer on another subnet by IP first.  If that works you can add entries to computers' HOST files or set up a DNS server.  You will want to make sure you are using static IP addresses on all machines.  Otherwise you will need to set up a dynamic DNS server (DDNS).  
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dougbroadwellAuthor Commented:
How do I connect to a windows XP computer by IP address?  If I try to map a network drive as \\ it does not work.



and let me know if it's successful and what it shows

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dougbroadwellAuthor Commented:
Yes, it works, it pops up a login screen then shows the shared drive.  Is there a way I can get it to show up in "Network Neighborhood" or mount automatically?

dougbroadwellAuthor Commented:
Still have the problem of automatically connecting, any more ideas?

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