What would cause netbios to "apparently" stop working even though ping works?
Posted on 2008-10-23
This has me stumped. I have two Netgear FVS318 VPN routers at two offices. I have them configured to make a VPN connection both ways to connect the two networks via cable internet on either side. Everything was working fine when suddenly it just stopped working. I can ping either way and I can even remotely access either router configuration pages using their LAN IP addresses. So at the network level everything is fine. But I can no longer view network shares by windows NETBIOS names. (e.g. \\computername).
The connection dropped when I was trying to do a database syncronization process over the VPN connection. That was the first time I've ever tried that and it was taking quite a long time.
What's even weirder is that I can browse some of the remote clients using \\"IP Address", but not all of them.
Netbios over IP is enabled on the VPN settings and I have not changed any settings since it was working before.
Any help is greatly appreciated.