Need help with a home network

By RDMcMains ·
I'm attempting to network two computers in my home so that I can synchronize files from my portable (Acer Aspire One--Atom processor, 1 GB RAM, 120 GB HD, Windows XP SP3) with my home machine (homebrew P4, 512MB RAM, 250 GB + 200 GB HDs, Windows XP SP3). I have the home machine attached to a D-Link DI-524 router by cable, and the netbook has no problem connecting to it wirelessly.

The problem is that neither computer can connect to the other. I can ping each machine from the other, but the net view command returns Error 53 each way. Also, when I look at machines in the workgroup, the netbook is listed when I look at the workgroup from the netbook, but the desktop doesn't appear in the workgroup when I look from the desktop.

I've worried at this problem from every end I can think of. As I'm using the netbook to write this post, it obviously can connect, and the desktop connects to the router with no problem. Any help would be great, and I'll answer any additional questions the best I can.


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Normally you need to set the Router to Bridge Mode

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Need help with a home net ...

To share the Computers on the WiFi with the Wired LAN.

You'll need to go into the Routers Web Page Setup Procedure and Bridge the Wired and Wireless LAN's together. For the full directions on how to do this Read the Manual that came with the Router.


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Not sure that'll help

by RDMcMains In reply to Normally you need to set ...

The desktop has Wi-Fi, and the netbook has wired as well. I've connected both with cables, both wireless, both _both_, and none of it has helped.

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Well that isn't what you originally asked

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Not sure that'll help

You said that the NB was connected by Wireless and the desktop was connected by a Wire, under those conditions you need to bridge the Wired and Wireless Networks in the WiFi Access Point as they are by default set separately.

But after you do this you then need to run the Network Setup Wizard and in XP this is found in the Start Menu under Start, All Programs, Accessories and finally Communications. You need to run the Network Setup Wizard for the Wired Connection and make sure that you share Files & Printers and the Wireless Setup Wizard for the one connecting Tirelessly.

Again you need to make sure that both Computers are on the same Workgroup and that they both have Files & Printers shared.


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