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set up simple home network

by namlondon / April 27, 2006 11:51 AM PDT

Here is what I have:
Dell Optiplex desktop with Windows 2000 Pro
Sony VAIO laptop w/ wireless Windows XP Home
U.S. Robotics MaxG wireless router connected to home cable modem

Here's what I've done so far:
Desktop wired to back of router.
Laptop connected to router wirelessly.
I set up a workgroup name.
Laptop can ping desktop.
Desktop cannot ping laptop. arp -a command line executed on desktop shows laptop IP and MAC address.

What else can I do?
- Juan

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File and Printer Sharing?
by Coryphaeus / April 27, 2006 12:20 PM PDT

Firewalls configured?

Tried wired connection to laptop?

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firewall configured
by namlondon / April 27, 2006 3:25 PM PDT

Thank you for your advice regarding my firewall on the laptop running XP. I always overlook the firewall service. Thanks again.

Juan

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Establish IP connectivity first
by pratapan / April 27, 2006 12:38 PM PDT

Also try everything wired firs like the other guy suggested. With 2 devices plugged into the switch side of the router can everybody ping everybody?
Including the router.

If you notice that some device has a "one way" ping, sony can ping desktop but desktop can not ping sony, then you probably have a personal firewall active. WinXP SP2 turns the firewall on by default. Now you can work on the networking and file sharing.

If you can get this working then you can try wireless.
If you fail to get filesharing working you can cheat and download an FTP server. (3Com has a free one, 3CServer). FTP only needs IP connectivity so you do not have to enable Microsoft Netbeui which is what file sharing does. You can configure the FTP server with a user name and password or just allow anonomous access. Most FTP servers allow a web browser to access them.

SKrsll

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it worked!
by namlondon / April 27, 2006 3:23 PM PDT

Thanks for the advice. I configured the firewall on my laptop to allow a range of IP addresses it would only accept for security. I pinged my laptop from the desktop and it worked. Thanks again.

Juan

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