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By Casemaker ·
Hi,
Difficult to keep simple. I was onsite networking. The client said that the network was able to communicate with each other and then all of a sudden it stopped. There are 3 pc?s on P2P through Linksys hub model EFAH08W, PC1 acts as Server has WXP home ip address of 169.254.18.110 HDD is shared. PC 2 is W98SE ip address of 169.254.113.220 HDD is shared. PC3 is WXP Pro, ip address is 169.254.225.164 HDD is shared. All three pc have Client for MS Networks, File and print share enabled, ipx/spx, netbeui, TCP/IP. There are no firewalls activated or any other software that would lock out other pc?s. I can ping from all pc to the other pc?s. The client said that he never needed a password to access any of the other computers. The computer names do not conflict and the workgroup names are all the same. All computers can see the others through network neighborhoods and places. Customer said that after the network stopped working he tried to run the network wizard and he ended up with even less connectivity. I have shut down all pc?s and hub and reset, still not working. This is what happens when I try to connect. PC1 to PC3 connects, PC3 to PC1 not accessible you might not have permission. PC1 to PC2 connects, PC2 to PC1 not accessible you might not have permission. PC3 to PC2 connects, PC2 to PC3 device does not exist. It also asks for a password to access. I created accounts on the xp home machine and that did not work.
thank You for taking the time to review my problem.

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by Casemaker In reply to P2P Network Partially Con ...

dmiles when you say "it will go far better if you know your network defaults and enter them what are you referring to?

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by cp7212 In reply to P2P Network Partially Con ...

Wow, this Q looks like a good candidate for a MCP cert. test. I only have a couple of recommendations and hopefully some of the others will comment on it.

I agree with one of the other posts, go with TCP/IP. It is the most common and probably easier protocol.

Even though 169.x.x.x is an internal address, it is still a Class B address and the subnet mask should be 255.255.0.0. This stands to what you have provided. You still may want to ipconfig /all your workstations to make sure of this. Check your default gateway and DHCP, also.

Even though the 169.254.x.x is relative, I would statically assign the IP addresses if you're only running three workstations on this node. You can always narrow it down to another octet, like 169.254.100.x, for ease of use.

Every time I worked on P2P, all of the O/S were the same, so I don't have a comment about that.

I was browsing through MS Technet's site and came across a transcript that may help you. The link is: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/chats/transcripts/03aug19.mspx

Good luck.

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by Curacao_Dejavu In reply to P2P Network Partially Con ...

here's is a link with details instructions on how to set it up.
http://tinyurl.com/uh1j
http://tinyurl.com/5nnxa


further a couple of explinations.
pc 1 is xp home, there you can not run dhcp services on it , it simply does not have that built in. You need a server (w2k, w2k3) for that functionality.

also it's best to start with manual ip adressing instead of dhcp in order to be able to troubleshoot.
running the network wizard or ics wizard on pc 1 will provide automatically the adress of 192.168.0.1 255.255.255.0.
if it's not their yet enter this information.

all other pc's should be in the same range in order to access pc 1 and internet.
Hence:
ip 192.168.0.x
subnet 255.255.255.0
gateway 192.168.0.1
dns 1 192.168.0.1 dns 2 empty or your isp's dns.

with this configuration you can ping all pc's and vice versa too.

password issues.
since it is in a workgroup you need to create indentical accounts on all pc's.
on a win98, go to logoff and verify the username and password and make sure it's the same on the xp. if you want to delete the password in the win98 go to the dos prompt c:\windows and delete *.pwl (password files) and login again in the win98.


protocols
delete all protols that are not being used.
ipx/spx, netbeui, and the ms family logon network.


I think I have covered all.
Leopold

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to P2P Network Partially Con ...

OK I know this sounds stupid but have you unplugged the hub let the capacitors discharge and the re-powered it. Some times the hub gets a spirituous signal over the mains line and throws the whole thing out of whack.

It was a very common problem at one place where I used to do some work apparently they had some heavy industry up line on the mains and every time they switched on {It was a news paper so they drew a lot of current} it threw the hub for a loop. Of course it didn't help that this particular hub was nearly at the end of that mains line and every little bit of interference made it play up. Eventually I had to put it on a UPS to keep it running.

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Thank you for taking the time to answer.
I have reset and left off for many minutes.

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by Casemaker In reply to P2P Network Partially Con ...

Linksys tech to tech inform me that thr hub does not have an ip address.

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by ManISKid In reply to P2P Network Partially Con ...

Has any of these services failed or stopped.
Workstation
Server
Network Connections

Also, although you have installed the ipx/spx and netbeui protocols have you enabled the netbios over tcp setting in the advanced button in tcp properties.

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