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Can anyone help with a network problem?

seasider
Dabbler
Posts: 14
Registered: 31-07-2007

Can anyone help with a network problem?

Hello,

I recently installed a wireless network at home and am having great trouble getting it to work I've spent many days and hundreds of reboots to no avail).

Any suggestions as to solve any of the problems would be very helpful
( thanks in advance).

My setup is:

Broadband internet connection.
All PC's running Windows XP home Edition.

My PC with Ethernet wire into a switch connected to the Internet.
(runs McAfee personal firewall)

Two childrens computers both connected via a wirless ethernet card
(both running zone alarm firewall)

One Laptop connected via a wireless card
(runs zone alarm firewall)

One Wireless access point which connects to the same switch as my PC.
(Setup using Channel 13 with a personal SSID and 128-bit WEP)
Each PC can Ping all the others.

All the PCs can access the internet but even if I disable all the firewalls
I'm having trouble connecting the PC's to each other specifically

1) The laptop won't even let me click on "View work group computers"
it says I don't have permission

2) one of the childrens PC can see itself and the other child's but can't see anything else, the other childs PC can only see itself, and both of the childrens PC's lose all network connection every 5 or 10 minutes or so, even tho' the wireless signal says "good to excellent" a message saying acquiring address sometimes appears in the status.

3) My PC can see the other PC's (using view workgroup computers) but can't access them even tho' sharing is setup on all of them.

I've tried everything I can think of to get this simple setup to work (apart from transferring to Linux) please can anyone helpHuh?

Thanks

Karl
10 REPLIES
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Can anyone help with a network problem?

First thoughts, have you setup your firewalls to allow file and print sharing?
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Can anyone help with a network problem?

You don't mention IP address or gateway IP address - this may just be an ommission but just in case have you set them and what did you use ?
Have you set them all up to have the same work group ?
you could look at this site:
http://www.practicallynetworked.com/
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Can anyone help with a network problem?

Most of the time when I had this problem I found it was down to windows firewall, try switching it off and see if you can access the network!
Community Veteran
Posts: 14,469
Registered: 30-07-2007

Can anyone help with a network problem?

When I had this problem, it was ZoneAlarm at fault. I had to manually enter each of the other PC's IP addresses into the trusted zone (firewall -> zones tab, then Add -> IP address) and I could then see each others disks.

You also need file and print services running and you need to share the drives you want others to see.
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Can anyone help with a network problem?

take a look at

www.buzzons.co.uk/tutorials/network/network.htm

for a guide on settin up a Network. However I would sujest you doing this when all your firewalls are off so that you know it is not them causing the problem.

btw in the run bar try

\\computer_name\C$ (where computer name is one of the pcs)

you should get the admin login, if u didnt set an admin pass it will error on you so just go to that PC and set up the admin account to have a password and it will all work hopefully
seasider
Dabbler
Posts: 14
Registered: 31-07-2007

Networking problems

Thanks for the interest in answer to your replies:

1) Yes I always switch windows firewall off and use an alternative firewall.

2) I have set file and print sharing

3) My Gateway address is 192.168.7.1 and the addresses I use
are 192.168.7.10, 15, 20, 25 (and the access point is 192.168.7.50)
I make sure that all addresses in this range are "Trusted".

4) I have tried turning all the firewalls off but it doesnt seem to make any difference.

Still Stuck Cry

I'm about to have a look at the suggested tutorial.
Tomorrow I'll try the suggestion of individually adding IP's in zone alarm.

Thanks

Karl
seasider
Dabbler
Posts: 14
Registered: 31-07-2007

Can anyone help with a network problem?

Tried disabling all the firewalls, and then bringing the PC's up one
at a time.

Results were I got the laptop and my PC talking to each other, but although
My PC could see the kids PC's if I try to access them I get a error
saying something like "unable to access permission problem speak to the server administrator"

and if I go to the childrens PC they can only see themselves they cannot see
any other PC on the network? Sad

Anyone any further ideas?Huh
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Can anyone help with a network problem?

It looks to me like you need a bridge between the networks. XP has a software bridge. Try here:
http://www.homenethelp.com/web/howto/windows-xp-bridge.asp

Sorry if you have already done this but you don't mention it.
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Can anyone help with a network problem?

When you try to connect to another pc windows asks your pc for its username and password. Windows replies with the username and password of the current user. If there is no account on the target pc with the same name and password it wont let you in.

To get it to work everyone connecting to the pc must have a account that matches the one they are trying to connect with and the password must be the same.

You can do it on the command line(start\run\cmd) by typing
net use P: \\pcnameyouwant to connect to\name of share password /user:username on target pc. so it would be something like this

net use p: \\momspc\c$ password /user:dad

C$ is drive c: and you must have a admin account to do it.

It does mean setting accounts on all pc's or use the command line which you can save as a connect.cmd so you dont have to type it everytime.

Firewalls like zonealarm are often still active even when they are disabled.
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Can anyone help with a network problem?

Just had a quick read through the posts so if I'm repeating someones thoughts - sorry.

I had this problem myself and cured it by specifically enabling netbios (hope that word doesn't fire the bad language filter Smiley ) over tcp/ip.