Most home networking problems can be boiled down to a few things:
1) Bad hardware: including a defective hub/NIC/cable. If the lights on the hub/NICs are lit then the hardware is likely good
2) Incorrect software settings:
a) Workgroup names are different, should be the same.
b) File and print sharing is not enabled (more likely with ME then XP).
c) XP built in firewall or some other firewall is enabled (likely).
Note: switches are better then hubs, give up the make and model of such to verify that's what you have.
I am trying to link up 3 of my computers to a 4-port hub. The first two computers are running Windows XP Home, (First, Dell, P4 2.4ghz 40gig, 300gig external, 512DDR, Second Compaq P4 1.8ghz 30gig, 256RAM). The other one is a bit older(AMD K6333, 30gig 128RAM), and is running Windows ME (Which I know from past experences is a pain in the butt to network). The problem is, network wizard on the Dell does nothing. I run it, restart, and suprise..... nothing has happened. On the Compaq I set it so that my main dial-up connection can be shared with my other two computers, but the other two computers dont even see the network to begin with! On the windows ME computer I truely dont know where to start... I got some advice from a friend who told me to dump the hub and get a Switch (I belive thats what its called) He said that it would be alot easier. Would that help? I'm kinda at the end of a burning rope here. ANY help would be good help. Thanks!