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What do I need to do when I replace the router on my home network?

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I hace bought a Belkin adsl modem/router to replace a thomspon modem /router - in order to have more than one ethernet port.

I had a home network set up:

the thompson router
wireless laptop running vista business
dell desktop running XP SP2

I had file sharing and network discovery on. Printer sharing on. I had various files shared between the two PC's. Everything was OK.

I disconnect the thomson router and replace it with the Belkin.

The Belkin router works fine (have internet connections) - but what do I need to do to get the old network sharing settings back? I can't get either computer to show me the other or even the belkin router. I've tried disabling the firewalls on the router, and both the PC's but no good. If I plug the old router back in, regardless of firewall settings everything is OK.

(Note: the XP PC runs Norton Internet Security 2005 and teh new vista laptop norton 360.)
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Question by:Louverril
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by:Alan Henderson
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Have you tried connecting to your router in your browser with this address?

http://192.168.2.1

Alan
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by:Louverril
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Yes  - like I say the internet part and connecting to the router works absolutely fine (and I've configued the wireconnection through the browser etc...) I'm connnected  through it now - it is just getting the computers to see each other in Windows. I don't think its a router problem.

Thanks Lou

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by:Alan Henderson
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Sorry, I was misinterpreting this:
"I can't get either computer to show ............. even the belkin router"
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by:Louverril
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Yes that's correct - not even the Blekin router. Neother computer shows teh router or the opther PC. Unless I'm not asking from the correct place? Just click network on hte vista pC and my netwok places on the XP?


Lou
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by:LeeTutor
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If you click the little double monitor icon in the Notification Area of the taskbar it will show it will show a square window with Currently connected to:  (name of network) and a link for Network and Sharing Center.  Click on that link. What does it show for the connection diagram?  Is it a Private Network?  And what are the settings for:
- Network Discovery
- File sharing
- Public Folder sharing
- Printer sharing
- Password Protected sharing
- Media sharing

and what does it show you when you click the link at the bottom "Show me all the shared network folders on this computer"?
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Go to my Network places and create a small home or office network. Run the wizard on both computers. That should creat a shared folder that you can dump files into. Also, make sure the computers are on the same domain/workgroup by going to Control Panel->System->Computer name tab, Change, and check that they match on both computers. Then enable file sharing on both computers as well. After rebooting both computers, check My Network Places and click Entire Network, then browse to the computer to want. Keep in mind that to access the C drive, it is \\LPTNAME\C$, not a colon. Let us know how this works.
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by:Louverril
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Sorry I took so long to get back. Having said the Belkin router was working OK.... I had switched back to the thompson and then switched back (switch everything off - reconnected and switched back on) to the belkin to make sure I got the correct setting sfor Lee Tutor. I have the settings below.

However I could no longer access the Experts Exchange Website - from either PC.  Same went for a microsoft site and a pdf on-line site (BCL). Any that didn't need a password or any user information seemd to be OK - like bbc.co.uk/news. I tried turning the firewall on the router off but this only had the effect of making the connect local only and I could get no internet connection. I've now gone back to the thompson and I can gain access to everything as normal.

I didn't do any fancy set up for the belkin just the standard wizard. I can't see how it can be norton because both PC's have the experts exchange site blocked on the Belkin router. I have had another router (netgear) attached to the xp pc and no problems.

LeeTutors answers:
Answers for vista PC:
Local and Internet
on
on
on
off (on vista pc - printer is connected to xp pc)
off
off
(Exactly the same settings as for the thompson - which still works.)
Sharing some drives mapped to the xp pc  but cannot open the files.

It's later here now and I'm going to sleep on it! Thanks for any help you can suggest while I'm (hopefully) peacefully dreaming of perfectly set up networks...

Thanks Lou

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by:Louverril
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Hello.

I started from the beginning again with the router:
With the NORTON 360 firewall on the laptop turned OFF:
I can read and amend files in teh shared folders I had set up. I can print via teh XP PC prnter connection.
I can't see the router or the other PC when  I click "view computers and devices" in the "network sharing centre".

Any idea how I should configure Norton 360 - or should I ask a new question in the security section?

Lou


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by:Louverril
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LeeTutor:

SOLUTION:

After some rapid firewall configuration training (!) I solved it by putting the gateway physical address for the belkin in the trusted zone under "network location" in the 360 firewall setup. I did the same but used the gateway IP address in Norton IS 2005. Basically copying the equvalent settings for the old router. (NB: the gateway ip address for the router in 360 remains in teh limited section - see 360 firewall netork locations screen).

It must have been because I didn't have 360 or 2005 installed when I installed the connection to the thompson that the netwrok connections got picked up automatically.

Simple when you know how... ahhh

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by:Louverril
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Thanks LeeTutor

Lou
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