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By chrocomputer ·
We have a small LAN which have 12 Pc in all, and it is on two floors with 2 8pot hub/switch, on the lan only 2 pc are seeing each other, we have tested the cat5 twisted pair cable it is working fine, and we are using win98se, what could possibly be the problem why all the pc are not seeing each other.

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Many variants

by sbar In reply to LAN for small business wo ...

It can be a problem with network cards. Did you try ping? Which network protocol - maybe problem with it? Did you share disks on all computers?
Maybe problem with hubs? Try direct connection between computers by cross cable.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to LAN for small business wo ...

The cat 5 twisted pair cable as cat 5 should have RS45 connectors on them and have 8 wires running down them. But allowing for some error here I would first have a look at the hubs and make sure that they are connected properly as this could be a contributing factor.

You also have to set File sharing on each computer and since you mentioned Win 98 I imange that it is a peer to peer network without a server of any kind.

However if you are running a server with lets say W2K professional these will only allow 10 units to be seen at once.

Go into a non-working unit and click on run - settings - control pannel and when that opens click on network. Once this is open you have to enable File & Printer Sharing on each computer and then select add on the active window then select protocols and then select Microsoft and add TCP/IP, NetBEUI and IPX/SPX {you'll need a Win 98 disk for this as the required files are on the install disk}. Also if you don't require a password when first booting you can change the default setting from Client for MS Networks to Windows Logon, while there also click on the Idefication tab and make sure all computers on the network have the same workgroup name.

Once this is done you will be asked to reboot so do this and when the computer starts again click on Network Neighbourhood and see what comes up. You will also have to share something on the computer that you are working on or it won't be seen on the network.

To share things on each computer open "My Computer" and right click on either a drive or folder and select sharing there are several options here and you can select on what you need.

I would keep at first to all the units on the first hub and when you get those working move tothe second hub and start there.

If you have any problems fee free to e-mail me with your questions.

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Check Hub Backbone, Workgroup Name, NIC

by rene_y In reply to I'm sorry but you lost me ...

Call the network line between the two hubs, your backbone. One end of the backbone must be connected to the Uplink port on one hub and the other end to any regular free port on the second hub. On the hub with the uplink port, check to see if the hub requires you leave port 1 empty on the very same hub. Many hubs do not allow you to use Port 1 if the uplink is in use. If you do not have an uplink port on either hub, you then need a crossover type ethernet cable. Details for making a crossover cable are easily found throughout the net. Newer hubs autodetect the connection type and can handle the backbone connections from any port on either hub. As was stated in the previous response, nobody is going to see each other unless you enableFile Sharing and install the necessary Microsoft Protocols: TCP/IP, NetBEUI and IPX/SPX. In Windows '98 you must also make each machine part of the same network or Workgroup. Right click My Network, select Properties, select Computer Name, enter your Workgroup/Network name - keep it simple and use 8 lower case letters or less. You can also enter each PC's network name as well as a short description which makes it easier to distinguish exactly which machine you see in your network neighborhood. Again keep it simple and use 8 lower case letters or less.

Still Down - Check to make sure that workstations on the same hub can see one another, could be a bad hub, a bad port on the hub. Is the problem across hubs? Could be a bad network line between the twe hubs. Do the hubs auto-detect either 10 or 100 NIC cards? If you have HUBS that are rated for 100 mbps NIC cards and are using 10 mbps NIC cards, you've got a compatability issue and need to replace one or the other.

Good luck - email me if you need more help.

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check list

by tlath1972 In reply to LAN for small business wo ...

1. Try pinging the other computer by its ip address. if you can ping it then go to step 2. if not go to step 3.
2. check that you have the same workgroup name and are on the same subnet. Also make sure that you have file sharing activated. Even after you have that enabled make sure you have something shared or you won't be able to see it.
3. Check your hubs make sure that your hubs are connected. You may need to check the status of your uplink port usually number one. If you are connecting 2 hubs sometimes you need to use a crossover cable or click the uplink button to deactivate it. Check all of the wires are securely fastened into the nic's.


That should be a start if you need more just post a reply.

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print and file sharing

by ari3z In reply to LAN for small business wo ...

you have to activate a print and file sharing on win 98 to be able to see each other eventhough you are not sharing anything.. It is not like win2k that just automatically sees each other.

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