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Adding a wireless XP laptop to a W2K home network

by rdeal / February 25, 2005 3:02 AM PST

I am using a linksys wireless router for my home workgroup (2 wired pcs and one wireless ALL win 2000 op systems) All the 2000 op systems work beautifully on this network.
I recently added a win XP laptop. With this I was able to connect to the internet and get email BUT I am unable to access any Shared network resources (Drives and printers etc.)
Can anyone out there identify with this hassel and offer a solution.
Thank You

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Rdeal, Just A Thought...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 25, 2005 12:26 PM PST

It would be nice to know exactly which version of XP you are using...but on XP SP2, make sure that the Windows Firewall allows and "Exception" for file and printer sharing and make sure that "File and Printer Sharing" are installed.

First, open the Control Panel, double click on the "Network Connections" icon, then RIGHT click on the "Local Area Connection" icon, choose "Properites". On the "General" tab, make sure that "File and Printer Sharing For Microsoft Network" is installed and the box next to it is CHECKED. Click on OK if you've made any changes. Now, while still in the "Properties" window of the "Local Area Connection" icon, click on the "Advanced" tab, and if using SP2, click on the "Settings" button. When the Firewall settings window loads, click on the "Exceptions" tab and make sure that the "File and Printer Sharing" box is CHECKED.

Hope this helps.


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by rdeal / March 5, 2005 12:02 AM PST

Thanks Grif
I will try the SP2 firwall solution tonight.
Ron Deal

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Problem solved
by rdeal / March 7, 2005 11:30 AM PST

FYI Grif you pointed me in the right direction. Your SP2 solution led me to going ahead and installing SP2. After doing so I was able to confirm file and printer sharing box was checked.
Result... all is well with all four XP sp2 and 2000 pro machines working AND sharing on my little network.
Thanks again

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