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Home Network setup. TCP/IP packet loss

By planetgti ·
I have 3 machines and one hub, a dial up connection and want to file share and use internet connection sharing.

Both desktops are new and run Win ME
Laptop runs Win 98SE

I setup a basic IPX network and transferred 20GB of data to test it - noprobs.

I then removed IPX and installed TCP/IP and ICS using the Home Network wizard, and used the setup disk from that in the laptop.

Both desktops can ping themselves without fail. They can also ping each other, but sometimes all packets are received, other times none, other times half.

When transferring files between the desktops they work for a couple of mins and then hang saying "The shared resource is no longer available".

The laptop cannot even ping itself.

I have removedthe TCP/IP protocls and gone back to IPX - this worked. Then removed IPX and installed TCP again...same probs

IP addresses are unique and in the 192.168.0.x range
Subnet 255.255.255.0 on all
Workgroup set as workgroup
All machine names are unique

What should i do to get a basic TCP file sharing network going? I have tried removing all items from the network panel and starting again...to no avail

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by road-dog In reply to Home Network setup. TCP/ ...

I suspect that your problem resides at the PC front ending the dialup. I imagine that you've set up the default gateways on the other two as being the IP address of the first.

If you did not set up that address as the DG, then that might be the problem. That parameter being omitted could be hosing your stack initialization.

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by rawright In reply to Home Network setup. TCP/ ...

Since you're using ICS, install the client for MS networks on all machines, along with TCP/IP. Set all but the gateway PC (the one directly connected to the Internet) to obtain settings automatically. Configure the gateway PC for ICS - if the setup wizard doesn't do so automatically, make sure this one has an IP address of 192.168.0.1 - and establish that you can get a good Internet connection from it. Restart the others and they should be automatically configured by the gateway PC to operate correctly.

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by mcoya In reply to Home Network setup. TCP/ ...

It seems to me that you may have a cabling problem. What is your media? TCP/IP has different flow control than IPX whitch means that it will time out before IPX if it can find the host in a predetermined amount of time. Check all of the cables for wear.

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