Is It Vista, XP or Sonicwall!

Posted on 2009-02-17
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
Ive read through many posts, here and elsewhere, and decided to abandon my original question and perhaps establish a new starting point.

Heres the configuration Im dealing with:

PC1, Vista Business (SP1), RJ45 -> Sonicwall (TZ180  firmware up to date) -> Cable Modem

PC2, XP Pro (SP3), Wireless (Belkin F5D8013)

TZ180 -> MAC Filtering, WPA2. FW rules to open LAN -> WLAN and WLAN -> LAN (standard)

File sharing enabled and LLTDR on both PCs.

What I can do:
-      PC2 can access shared folders on PC1
-      PC2 obtains internet access, no problem
-      PC1 obtains internet access, no problem
-      Via RJ45 connections on PC1 & PC2, total connectivity, no hindrances

What I cannot do:
-      PC1, at times, sees PC2 but cannot access it and presents the following results via diagnostics 0x80070035, The Network Path was Not Found (The number of internet hits on this Vista problem is incredible.)

TZ180 anomalies:
-      occasionally receive a log entry indicating an IP Spoof Dropped citing the IP address of the TZ180 and MAC address of PC2 (beats me!)
-      PC2 (screen shot attached) Belkin Networking Utility shows a limited connection status (on the previous router, Netgear, this connection was strong and consistent).

Any suggestions or thoughts?


Question by:eegpt
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    Accepted Solution

    I would not SWEAR that this was Vista but I would make it Prime Suspect.

    Any chance you can temporarily put an XP pc at the location of PC1for testing purposes?

    I have similar problems to this with my Vista laptop - it can see one of my network resources all the time, one intermittently, and the rest never. And in my case, no VPNs (et al) are involved, uit's *local* to the resources. They're just Workgroup shares on other computers (SBS and XP) and on NAS units (Thecus and Zyxel).

    Vista is utterly dire and crud.


    Author Comment

    If I understand you correctly, placing PC2 (XP Pro laptop running wireless) has been done meaning I connected PC2 via RJ45 to lan port #2 on the TZ180 and both PCs communicated with no problem, accessing shared folders on both with no problem.

    I forgot to mention in my original post, both PCs were pinged both ways successfully where PC1 connected via RJ45 and PC2 was wireless (the desirable configuration).

    As for Vista, my biggest beef is that MS offered no upgrades and made it a full-price OS purchase.  I am hoping they do not do the same with the next OS as my intention is to rip this crap from my system ASAP.  If they make you pay full price for 7, I will do everything within my communication power to blast them!
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    Expert Comment

    I'm saying that I would suspect Vista of being able to see shares on other machines *irrespective* of the connectiviy method, be it local, remote, VPN, direct, or via damp string.

    But that that doesn't guarantee that vista is at fault, so putting a test XP machine in where the Vista machine is and seeing if THAT can see the necessary shares should help work that out.

    YOu don't give a network map, what IP address ranges are you using in each case? I would suspect the IP Spookf warming is a red herring but if you have an IP range issue it may be relevant.


    Author Comment

    Unfortunately I do not have another system to test with but have attached IP info for PC1 & 2 and a screen shot of the IPs used in TZ180.
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    Expert Comment

    All looks fine, so I'm left even more suspicious that it's just Vista being stupid, but unless you can try swapping in an XP box, can't really prove it. Certainly the IP ranges and stuff all look fine.


    Author Comment

    Thanks for the confirmation on that because I wasn't totally sure.  I'm anxious to get back to what I really do and get this situation stable.  Hopefully someone can make a suggestion.


    Author Closing Comment

    After gathering more information I felt it was wise to open another post placing focus on Sonicwall.  The solution here was accurate based on the information provided but if "by design" Sonicwall will not cross subnets, Vista is not the culprit in this case.

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