XP Home & XP Pro Wireless Networking

Posted on 2007-07-28
Last Modified: 2010-04-24
Here's my hardware:
PC1 - XP Home
PC2 - XP Pro
Linksys Wireless Router - WRT54GS
Linksys Cable Modem - BEFCMU10

Network Topology:
Cable modem -> router -> PC1, PC2 connects via wireless USB

What I'm trying to do is just setup a network drive so I can move all the info on PC2 to PC1.  When I try  to use "net use" to set up a network drive I get the error "System error 53 has occured.  The network path was not found"

I have internet connectivity on both PCs and I can ping PC2 from PC1, but I can't ping PC1 from PC2; nor can I use the "tracert" command when I ping PC2 from PC1.

I have not run the Windows network setup wizard on either PC because it seems unnecessary and I think it may screw up the wireless connection that I already have working.

Is it necessary to run the Windows network setup wizard to do what I'm trying to do or is there a setting somewhere that I have missed?  Am I totally barking up the wrong tree?

Thanks for any and all help!


Question by:gken69
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    Accepted Solution

    You should run network wizard setup for home network, and then enable sharing drive or file. It will not mess with your existing wireless connection to internet at all. Also make sure you disable all firewall or security features during setup, you can set them back whenever after.
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    Expert Comment

    Agree with all Punky's comments:
    One other thing to do is make sue you have the same username and password set up on both machines.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the suggestions but the goal posts have moved.  Now PC2 doesn't have internet access.

    The Linksys wireless network monitor says it's connected to the router, but the wireless connection doesn't appear in Windows network connections, however it does show up in the Device Manager as being installed and working fine.

    Can anyone tell me what the f*&K is going on?

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    Expert Comment

    Personally, I dont like usb connection since it has many issues. B
    LVL 39

    Expert Comment

    Oop! hit wrong key.

    Back to your question, in device manager, uninstall device and restart system. Let windows redtect the device and install back. Try that see if it helps.

    Author Comment

    Sorry guys, I ended up just using a wire instead of the USB wireless card. -KJ

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