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By len ·
For the last couple years I've been setting up small p2p networks for the main purpose of sharing cable modem access but with the added benefit of file & printer sharing. I setup TCP/IP to obtain an address automatically and use NetBeui for local traffic. this has always worked in the past but I've found WinME somehow corrupts the NetBeui protocol and the network goes down after some time (1 - 3 weeks). If I remove and re-install NetBeui on the WinME machine(s) the network is re-established.the Win98 boxes don't require this. Any ideas?

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by astrocat123 In reply to peer to peer w. shared ca ...

install tcp/ip microsoft network.or you could get a linksys cable /dsl router and it becomes your dhcp server.

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by astrocat123 In reply to peer to peer w. shared ca ...

that way you have a true shared network

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by len In reply to peer to peer w. shared ca ...

Of course tcp/ip is installed, otherwise I couldn't access the internet. My question is about NetBeui becoming corrupt under Win ME only.

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by Australian Fun In reply to peer to peer w. shared ca ...

Hi,
As far as I know, NetBeui in recent OS (Windows ME, Windows 2000) from MS is just for compatibility. And it will not be a big surprise if they didn't test it carefully.
So the solution is to remove NetBeui and use TCP/IP protocol even for yourP2P network. Just goto Network Neighbourhoud (My Network Places on Windows ME) properties by right click or by double click Network from the Control Panel. And reassure you have (in any order): 1. Client for Microsoft Network. 2. Your network adapter (e.g. Linksys EtherFast PCMCIA Card on my computer). 3. TCP/IP -> Your network adapter (e.g. TCP/IP -> Linksys). Actually, I assume that you already have TCP/IP binded to your network adapters if you use shared cable modem to access Internet.
To add TCP/IP to your network adapter (if you don't have a line "TCP/IP -> Your adapter) click "Add...", double click "Protocol", select Microsoft as a manufacturer from the left-hand list and TCP/IP from the left-hand list. Click OK. Most likely it willask you to insert your Windows CD-ROM, so keep it handy. It will add TCP/IP to all your adapters.
To remove NetBeui click on NetBeui and click on remove.

Precautions. 1. If you are not very familiar with network configurations, read all documentation you have carefully. Most notable is Windows Help. Moreover for Windows ME they should have some kind of wizard.
2. Check all your software documentation or call their technical support to be sure that it will work over TCP/IP. Chances are thatsome very special applications especially old custom ones will not work if they don't find NetBeui.

Please feel free to contact me on this subject.

Kirill.

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by len In reply to peer to peer w. shared ca ...

If you're sharing cable internet access you must be assigned a tcp/ip address by the ISP so you can't force an address to each card (eg. 192.168.0.1). If it's set to obtain an address automatically the cable modem sets the tcp/ip address and the network doesn't work. so, without a seperate hardware firewall to act as a gateway I have to use tcp/ip for internet and NetBeui for local networking. As I said before, this solution has always worked before, it's just that Win ME seems to be somehow corrupting (probably a bad choice of words but you should get the idea)the NetBeui over time. I'm going to close this session because I don't want to be told to install tcp/ip again, it's already installed and working.

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