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By charlyg ·
I have 2 Hp's n/w peer to peer with a hub. the other site has 3 Compaq's n/w peer to peer with a hub. I have a 700ft serial direct connect between the 2 sites. The Hp with the serial can see everyone on both sides. The second Hp can only see the Hpserial. Protocol is Netbui and tcp/ip. Can't ping to or from 2nd HP to other site....What's up??

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by boetim In reply to Direct Connection and Net ...

Your best bet would be to try and set up the lmhosts file on both of the pcs. This will let them know what ip address is which computer name for network neighborhood. You need to type the address of the pc then tab over and enter the name of the pc see the following example:

x.x.x.x (computer name)

You might try this to solve your problem.

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by charlyg In reply to Direct Connection and Net ...

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by RMmcp In reply to Direct Connection and Net ...

If I understand correctly, you have a serial connection between two computers? One at each site? These sites are not linked by a Cat 5 cable? If they are not, that is the first change I would make. Go with a Cat 5 from hub to hub. Because I believe Windows looks at the Direct Connection Program and NIC networking as two entirely different connections and does not mix the two.

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by charlyg In reply to Direct Connection and Net ...

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by Linuxian In reply to Direct Connection and Net ...

You basically said you have two networks linked with a 700 foot serial line. Are these two networks using the same network IP? For example, if one network is on 192.168.100.0 and the other is on 172.16.0.0 then the two halves of the network will not be able to see each other since they are on different network IPs. The directly connected machines will be able to view each other since they probably have similar IPs over the serial line.

Check the IP on the second HP and make sure this isn't the problem.

A lmhosts file isn't going to do anything for you since you can't ping the opposing network.


Cat 5 will most likely be a better medium if your hubs have the facilities to handle the connections. Be careful if you are running this line between buildings. You don't want to get involved with electrical ground differentials. That can really wake ya up quick :-)

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by charlyg In reply to Direct Connection and Net ...

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by fishaq In reply to Direct Connection and Net ...

Cat 5 wont work at 700 feet. Your strategy is ok assuming you do not need a lot of data transfer between the two sites.

If the two computers with the serial ports connected can see the machines on the other side your hardware setup is ok.

Whatyou have to understand is that you are settong up is a mini wan. You will be beter off using different class C addresses on both sides. You need to configure the serial port network devices correctly with IP addresses, setup gateways and enable IP forwarding on both gateway machines ( the machines with the serial ports).

More details depend upon which Windows you are using.

Good luck!

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