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By haarsaker ·
An actual problem with the growth of home networks is users wanting to plug their work PC/notebook into their home network to be able to access internet at home, connect to shared disk resources and shared printers on their home network.

Their work PC is normally a member of the office domain - at home there is normally no domain, just a workgroup-based network with a router distributing IP-adresses and also ADSL-access to internet.

OK - the internet access is not the problem - but accessto the shared resouces is:
The Work notebook is a member of the work domain - but in the home network which is workgroup based when you try to browse the network to find the resources - the workgroup is not found - and therefore no resources.

The Work PC is XP or W2K based - at home there is a mix of anything from Win3.11-W9x-WinMe-W2K-WXP.

I now have 3 users having this problem. They have access to internet through their home ADSL-based routers - but can't access shared printers - shared disk resources on the other home PCs.

And YES - All this assuming that I will allow them to connect their work PC to their home network (VirusSW and SWbased firewall are employed).

Anyone for a solution ?

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by Gigelul In reply to WorkPC on home network

If they will change the home network settings (internal settings not relate to Internet access) to meet the same IP settings/class/netmask (static IP on notebooks) and workgroup name like your domain, they will can work on home network.

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by Gigelul In reply to WorkPC on home network

For Win2k/WinXP home computers they will need to add on this computers the "Notebook user" account in local users group. Of course some permissions settings for share resources.
All changes will be made on home network.

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by haarsaker In reply to WorkPC on home network

Thanks - will try this.
To complicate this problem:
Today more and more families have two working people - each with the own work computer belonging to different work domains - then the above solution is not feasable ?

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by D_V Ant In reply to WorkPC on home network

Even if they cannot browse the network, they should still be able to connect to the shares from the Run box. They just need to type in "\\mycomputer\myshare" sans quotes and it should connect without changing their workgroup. As someone mentioned, if they are using 2000 or XP, they will need to set the permissions for the shares appropiately.

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by TechKid In reply to WorkPC on home network

I would install this

http://www.mobilenetswitch.com/

on the laptops and setup some configs for them

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by PCSTechnical In reply to WorkPC on home network

i believe from you question that you are only changing the TCP/IP properties to that of the home network or rather automatically from DHCP i would guess. This would give you internet access through your isp as this work on the protocol level of the network stack. However in order to view the home shares you need to rightclick my computer/properties and disjoin from youre work domain and join your home workgroup. You would need to reverse this process when you go back to work. You will also needa local account with admin rights to do this.
Hope this helps
Rob Hughes
support@pcstechnical.co.uk
www.pcstechnical.co.uk

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