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Home Network Help

I have a wired desktop w/ XP and a wireless laptop w/ Xp also. Both can connect to the internet just fine, but I can't get them going together on a home network to share files and printers and the like. My desktop can "see" the laptop, but when I try to connect to it it says that I don't have permission, and the laptop can't even connect to the wireless network at all. Can someone please give a step-by-step detailed guide on how to set up a home network, or tell me what I'm doing wrong. Thanks for the help.

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step by step cannot really be done

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There are too many variables. As for not having permission to access another PC on the network, that's fairly simple if you create accounts on both with the same username and password. Another issue is network name and IP addressing. Each PC needs a unique address on a range of addresses that defines a network. You need to see how you have them assigned. If you have a router that can give out dynamic addresses, that works. If not, you have to give each device an address. You also get to deal with firewalls. These can come from Windows or third party security type software that will block data unless you tell it not to for your local network. Another issue is whether you use XP Home or Pro or a mix. Handling of permissions is a bit different on the two versions. Maybe if you gave a bit more information about Windows version, routers, etc. That might help get answers to narrow down the causes of your problem.

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Ok, here it is

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Well, they are both Media Centers, and my router assigns IPs. It is a WGR614v6. I have both firewalls allowing the IP addresses given out by my router and then some. Also, on the laptop, when I click "View Network computers" under the Network Tasks, I get a error saying the home network isn't available. Hope this helps.

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Try this. . .

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Run the Network Setup Wizard on both PCs. Make sure they are in the same network/network name, and make sure they have different PC names.

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That's what I did

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That is how I did it and that is how I got that problem. Is there any free, reliable 3rd party home network software? I think I'll try that.

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Confirm this?

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Since I had a wired and a wireless computer, should I set up a home network on the wired one, then set up a wireless network on the laptop? This is what I meant when I said a guide, as in what wizards to run and in what order. Thanks again.

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If you can cannot both PCs to wired

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ports on the router first, that would be best. Wireless and wired networks have their quirks. Another You'll want to make sure you can ping each PC from the other. No reply means you won't connect. If you can temporarily take down any firewalls, do that. Again, make sure matching usernames and passwords are on both PCs and that a "share" has been created. If no share exits, one PC might see another but an attempt to connect will result in a rejection. I'd never use third party or paid. There's nothing it can do that you can't do yourself. Just make the connection as simple as possible and then add security features as needed. Good luck.

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A share?

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What do you mean by a "share"? A work group? I have one created and my PC can connect to it and see the laptop, but the laptop can't even connect to the network. I think that it would be easiest to just tell me what steps to take to normally set up a network. Like if I need to run the wireless wizard on both computers or only the wireless one and the regular wizard on the wired or wireless one. I really appreciate all this help.

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A share is generally a drive or folder

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that you have designated to be accessible on the network. Otherwise, even being able to view the presence of another PC doesn't mean you can connect to it. Generally you don't want the entire drive where Windows resides to be shared as it allows opportunities for damage...accidental or intentional...from another PC. A share might be a second drive or a folder where you'd want to put files that could be accessed over the network. You can create a folder for this purpose and share it. To share the folder you simply use Windows Explorer and do a right click on the folder. You'll see options to share or not share the folder. By default it won't be shared and you need to tick the button to do so. You'll get a warning asking if you really want to do such. You may also see options to set permissions. This allows you to select who can and who cannot have access and what they can and cannot do within the folder. If you haven't done this yet, give it a try and view the various options. It's a little different when you share an entire drive. It already has a default share but that's not for public use. A shared drive or folder will appear with the image of a hand underneath with the palm facing upward. I don't have the media center version so I don't know exactly what you'll encounter or what your security options are but designated "shares" are what you'll actually access over the network. Keep pluggin' away at it.

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