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Hi All,

I know variations of the question has been asked before but i am having trouble getting it to work so hopefully someone can help.

I have 5 computers in the house, a small tablet which i use connected to the Stereo in the living room just for iTunes. The other 4 computers have their own itunes and their own independent library as all 4 flatmates buy their own music. We want to be able to access all the librarys from the tablet pc.

Where i have got so far:

all the computers have the library shared, and are on the same network.
i have enabled port forwarding for TCP port 3689 & udp port 5353 on the bt home hub 2.0 to forward to one of the flatmates computers. This then allows me to access just this library from the tablet pc. I can not access any other library nor see the other 3 libraries on the tablet. It almost feels like i need to forward the same ports to the other 3 pc's but i know this is not possible so how do i get the other libraryies on this tablet?

Thanks in advance for the help and hope the explanation of my problem  is clear :s
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How are all of the computers connected together...?
Are they all connected to the same wireless router...?
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I forgot to add that i have turned off windows firewalls on all computers and all computers are running xp.
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yes all connected to the same bt home hub router, 1 wireless and the other few wired
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If all of the machines are plugged into the same wireless router then you shouldnt need to forward any ports at all..
I dont know the BT home hub system but in my view it is firewalling between the wired and wireless networks attached to it.
I shall have a look around but there is probaly a setting to turn this off and then you should be able to see all of the libraries.. You only need the FW active between the Wired / Wireless networks and the Internet...
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by:JohnGerhardt
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Can you run an "ipconfig" on all of the machines are post back the response... From my quick bit if  reading it looks like the hub has two different subnets for wired and wireless networks..
Start => Run => cmd
type ipconfig in the bloack box with white writing and post the results...
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------------ pc 1-------------------- WIRED (LIBRARY NOT BEING READ)
 Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . : home
 IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.74
 Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
 Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
----------- pc 2 ------------------- WIRELESS (THIS IS WORKING AND LIBRARY BEING READ)
Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . : home
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.68
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
------------ pc 3 (TABLET) ------------- WIRED (MAIN TABLET THAT I WANT TO BE ABLE TO SEE ALL LIBRARIES ON BUT CAN CURRENTLY ONLY SEE PC 2)
        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . : home
        IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.118
        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
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the other 2 computers are not here so i cant do an ipconfig on them but they will both be wired
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i have just noticed that all 3 computer are on 3 different windows networks, mshom, hom and workgroup. will this have anything to do with it? if so how do i go about puttin them all on the same network?
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Well the machinesa re on the same subnet and therefore I am unsure why it doesnt work.. I am still unsure of whether or not there is a firewall inbetween the wired and wireless networks...
I cant seem to get a userguide... I am working on it...!
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http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=8281133
This is about the only think i can find that references BT home hub and itunes shared library.. Its a bit drastic...! still looking...
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ALL the computers should have the same workgroup name, as long you have the libraries shared and the ports open in the computer's firewall, you should be able to read all the libraries.
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