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XP services needed for wireless network?

by seafox13 / September 7, 2006 2:08 PM PDT

My home wireless network uses a Netgear DG834G modem/router, and my two desktops and a laptop all plug away on the internet perfectly.
However, they now cannot see each other, or the shared printer.
I have been into the router's properties and setup, but cannot identify a reason for this.
I am thinking there may be a WinXP service turned off on the computer systems.
All drives are set up with the sharing hand icon under them, and the printer is set up to share.
At this stage I would like a definitive list of which of the services need to be running for the XP machines to see each other and trade files, please.
I cant work it out at the moment.

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by johntrujillo / September 7, 2006 2:56 PM PDT

Do you have the XP Firewall on? If you do, you'll have to allow the computers access each other.

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XP Firewall Exceptions set.
by seafox13 / September 7, 2006 5:43 PM PDT

All three computers run XP firewall, and on each one the File and Printer Sharing tickbox is enabled.
I am at a loss as to what to do next.
I am aware that the individual computers need to communicate via the modem/router, and TCP/IP is enabled on each.

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I see you didn't understand the firewall.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 7, 2006 9:32 PM PDT

Few do. If you don't allow the traffic you can't share.


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I repeat, File and Printer Sharing TICKBOXES enabled.
by seafox13 / September 7, 2006 11:50 PM PDT

I have all the firewall exceptions set to allow file and printer sharing, but still cannot see other computers in this wireless home network of three.
I am convinced that the problem has something to do with which XP services are enabled, although I was advised that NetBios was not required, only TCP/IP.
I have read the comments ridiculing the endeavours of some users in this forum who are attempting to tune a wireless network, and that rather puts me in the same boat, I fear.

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What some discover after they get the firewall ...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 8, 2006 12:30 AM PDT

In order is they need to unshare the share and reshare.

Someday I hope they fix that issue.


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