I had another open question but I closed it as I didn't have the correct details. At this time I believe I can explain my problem a little better.
I have a Vista Ultimate (32-bit) laptop connected to a domain. When I assign the laptop a static IP address I cannot see other computers in the network neighborhood (everything else works fine though).
When I allow the PC to obtain IP addresses automatically, everything shows up in the neighborhood fine (along with eveything else).
I want to have a static IP so I can bypass the firewall on this machine... but I also need to connect to other PCs quite often and need to be able to browse the network neighborhood.
My WLAN has been disabled as I am trying to focus right now on just the LAN.
Any help would be much appreciated.
I am proud to say that I am the first Vista machine in my company. I just got the PC and have been connected via LAN since booting the machine.
I assigned a static IP address to the machine and am a member of my company's domain.
While connected through the LAN I can see predefined network drives mapped to my PC. I can also connect to the internet with no problem at all.
But one thing I couldn't do is visually see any computers on the domain.
I decided to see what would happen if I enabled the wireless connection on this PC and connect to the network this way.
Sure enough it worked.
I can connect to the internet along with visually seeing other computers on the domain.
But technically I have both WAN & LAN enabled at the same time on this machine.
Could someone tell me why this is happening and what I have to do in order to "see" other PCs on my network using a LAN connection?