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Home networking between XP pro and NT wk

By dmm721 ·
I am trying to set up a home network to no avail
On the main computer I am running Windows XP pro with a cable modem in one NIC and a Crossover cable to the other computer in another NIC. Both NIC's are 3com same model (I have heard they should be different but not sure).

On the second computer I am running Windows NT workstation with SP 6 the crossover cable goes to a kingston NIC.

I have checked the cable, NIC's, and everything else I can thing of.

Is there anything else I might try. The second computer is a 200Mhz with 48 mb of ram. I just ordered 128 mb of ram for it, so that i can install Win2K pro and try that instead of NT what could i be doing wrong?

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Home networking between X ...

I have two exactly the same 3Com NIC's in my computer running XP Pro and I have had no problems. It sounds like you have the right idea and are very close. Probably closer than you you think. Unfortunately you gave no information on the networkingthat you set up.
Here are some things to check:
1. Did you setup TCP/IP on both computers? Go into the network properties and give each NIC (except the on plugged into the cable modem) a static IP. Give the XP machine 192.168.0.1 and the NT machine 192.168.0.2 each with a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0 On the NT machine set the default gateway and the dns server to 192.168.0.1
2. Did you set up internet conection sharing on the XP machine? Go to the properties of your internet connection and click on the advanced tab. Make sure there is a checkmark in the box for Allow other user to connect.... and you probably want to turn on the fireewall to if you haven't.
3. Make sure File and Print sharing is enable on each computer for the Local area network adapters
4. Did you set up anything to be shared on either computer?
5. Unfortunately in XP there is not such thing as NetBEUI, so if you want to be able to see the NT machine in my network places you will have to install another protocol called NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS On the NT machine you can just install NetBEUI
6. If you don't install step five on the XP machine you can just go into My Network Places. Click Add Network Place, Click Next, Click Choose another network location, and type in the NT share (example: \\NT Machine\\C) That will give you a quick way to access the share. Even faster than using My Network Places.

I hope that this helps you to solve your problem. I think I have included just about everything you could need.

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by dmm721 In reply to Home networking between X ...

Thanks alot I have set up tcp/ip on both computers and set the nics that connect the comps with static IP's 192.168.1.1 and 192.168.1.2 also the subnet mask to 255.255.255.0 i tried switching one of the 3com NIC's with the kingston to avoid confusion but the 3com will not install in the other comp even though it is in the adapter list and I have to latest driver for it for NT I think I'll just go out and buy a switch and make it easy

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by brian In reply to Home networking between X ...

Assuming that you have tcp/ip installed on the NT machine and that it is configured properly on both. One possibility is that you have the nics confused. This is the only drawback to using the same type. However I still agree you have fewer operational problems when you use both 3com nics but it makes it easier to confuse the internal and external nic. I would write it down and double check. You may need to switch the cables from one nic to the other.

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