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How to send messages on a network

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I have got a wireless network at home. One of the computer is connected to the router and the rest is connected wirelessly to it. The network is fine and does not have any problem at all. I am wondering if there is any way i can send messages between the computer, such as pop messages. thank you.
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by:sunnycoder
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Hi scoinzen,

If you are using windows OS, you can use net send command

net send <computer name> "message"

Use * in place of <computer name> to send a message to all computers in the network.

Cheers!
sunnycoder
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by:scoinzen
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Thanks I was able to send the message to all the computers inthe network using * but when i tried to send it one by one, i got the message "An error occurred while sending message to <computer name>". Any suggestions.
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by:scoinzen
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I was able to send the message by using *. It said me that the message was successfully send to the domain <domain name>. But when i went to check in other computers on the network, they had not received the messages. ???
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by:alextoft
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Check that the messenger services is enabled on the machines, and that file and printer sharing is not firewalled.
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by:deadite
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Use the IP instead of computer name, for example:

net send 192.168.1.101 "hello world"

Your computer probably doesn't recognize the computer name.  You might be able to fix this if they belong to the same workgroup.  Right-click My Computer, select Properties.  Click the Computer Name tab then click Change.  Change the workgroup name to match on all of your computers and click OK and restart.

Another way you can check is to open Network Places.  To do this, open My Computer, then click My Network Places on the left side.  Then click View Workgroup Computers on the left hand side.  You should see all the computers on your network listed there.  If they don't show, it's because they are not part of the same workgroup.
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by:deadite
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Sorry, missed your second post, enable the messenger service on each computer.

Right-click My Computer, select Manage.  Expand Services and Applications.  Click Services.  Scroll down to the messenger service and right-click and select properties.  Change the startup type to Automatic.  Now when you restart the computer that service will run automatically.

Now retry your netsend command to the computer name.  If that doesn't work, see my first post.
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by:sunnycoder
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To enable messenger service without having to restart, use "net start messenger" command
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by:scoinzen
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I have checked that all the computers are in the same workgroup and enabled messenger service as well. But i am still getting the error "An error occurred while sending the message to <computer name>. A general network error occurred.".
 Any suggestions.
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by:mrroonie
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i use this at work - send it to the user they are logged in as, not the computer name
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by:jssco
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Hi, sconizen.
you just can use ip address, user, domain name to net send.

command:
net send xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx testing
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by:jssco
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Need go to the services at administrative tools.
you also can use run and type services.msc
then u must change the messenger to automatic and start messenger.
both PC need to enable messenger that you want to net send.
then tou also can use name of pc to net send
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by:cdesigner
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Try Lan Talk Net
http://www.cezeo.com/
it does not depend from an any services , but not free
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by:scoinzen
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Thanks cdesigner for your link. But is there anyother softwares which i can get for free.
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