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New Router Causes Vista/XP Network Issues

I have a home network with a Laptop running Vista Home Premium and a Desktop running XP SP2. The network was up and running using a router just fine but wasn't without its problems. Anyway, I just upgraded the router to wireless and now, the computers can't "see" each other. Both can connect to the internet and they can use the network printers but no file sharing. I can't ping either one, either. Any ideas? Thanks for your help!
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
It could be that Vista detects the new router as a "new network" and has locked down the filesharing settings.  It happens all of the time between work and home for me.  Open the Network and Sharing Center  settings and change the network type from "work" or "public" to "home" and enable the various file sharing setting you choose.

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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
Have you downloaded and installed the LLTD (Link Layer Topology Discovery Responder) on the XP machines?  Without that, the Vista machines will not see the XP machines in the View full map link of Network & Sharing Center:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4F01A31D-EE46-481E-BA11-37F485FA34EA&displaylang=en

Same workgroup for all pcs?  Actually sharing something, rather than just file sharing turned on?  Same users and passwords entered on all pcs?  Network discovery on?

You might be interested in looking at this question which I asked not long ago, when I was having trouble setting up my home network with XP machines and Vista in it.  It mentions all of the things needed for a wireless network with XP and Vista in it:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Windows_Vista/Q_22772074.html

In setting up my home network, I found I had to turn off the firewalls temporarily before trying to see the Vista machine in the XP My Network Places, then turn the firewall back on once it succeeded.  See this page:

http://www.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/2007/04/09/vista-networking-problems-try-this/

The following page has a quite good treatment of File and Printer Sharing in Vista, complete with screenshots:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/network/evaluate/vista_fp.mspx
File and Printer Sharing in Windows Vista

Another good article:

http://www.howtonetworking.com/vista/sharingfolders.htm
How to share files from a folder on Windows Vista


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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
Also, what type of router is it?  There are some routers that have trouble with Vista, as detailed in this MS article:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;928233
Windows Vista cannot obtain an IP address from certain routers or from certain non-Microsoft DHCP servers
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GeoffLamb1Author Commented:
Thanks for the quick response, I actually uninstalled norton and restarted. Its working again. Must have been that, I hate norton, getting something else.
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
Thanks for the points!
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
Same from me!  

And I really don't understand why Symantec keeps getting such high marks from magazines like Pc Magazine;  I've seen complaints about their security suites hundreds of times at Experts-Exchange...  Glad you got it solved...
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
I have to agree with LeeTutor.  Except with the corporate version of Symantec Antivirus.  I have noticed that product is far more superior than the consumer Norton Antivirus.  I use Nod32 on my Vista box at home and AVG on my XP Boxes at home.  At work, it is all Symantec antivirus corporate edition.

Buena Suerte!
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