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Problems with workgroup setup

By nick_jcn ·
I'm trying to setup network for 5 computers to share files and printers. I have 2 computers running Windows XP home edition SP2 (didn't even get to connect other 2 running Win 2000 and Win Me). Both computers have wireless D-Link network cards (original cards are disabled), wireless modem D-Link. I set up wireless network with 2 computers, so they both can go to internet independatly, and internet works fine for both computers. I set up Workgroup, and unic names for both computers (running network setup wizard), but they can't see each other. On one of the computers (which I set up first) I can see icons for both computers, but when I try to access comp.2 from comp.1 the message is "comp.2 is not accessable. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact administrator..." Both computers have windows firewall off, and McAfee disabled. I tried to change wireless router, and got the same message on Linksys router. On the comp.2 I can't even see icon of the comp.1 - when I click on "veiw workgroup computers", the message is: "network is not accessable. You might not have permission to use this resource. Network path was not found". On this comp I can't even see the other computer icon. I am able to ping router, but I can't ping comp.2 from comp.1 or comp.1 from com.2. Is there any alternative configuration. I thought after first attempt, that there is a problem with router, but I have exactly the same picture with a new router. Also, I didn't want to use one of the computers as host, so all of them can access internet directly through router.

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by CG IT In reply to Problems with workgroup s ...

humm, first is setting up the workgroup. All computers must belong to the workgroup [and not the default workgroup assigned during installation of the O/S]. To complish this, create a name for the workgroup. next is navigate, start, control panel, performance & maintenance [for those using category view [ or system for those using classic view], to get to the Systems Properties page. Click on Computer page. Click the Network ID radio button and run the Network Identification Wizard using the workgroup name you made up. Do this on ALL computers you want in the workgroup. Next is for you to have access to other computer, your account must be on ALL computers within the workgroup as well as anyone elses account that would use a computer in the workgroup and want access to other computers.

Also, tell us if you have any problems with wireless connectivity to your wireless router.

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by curlergirl In reply to Problems with workgroup s ...

You have to set up some level of file sharing and permissions on both computers. Have you done this so that the user of comp1 has rights to access comp2, and vice versa? Also - where are the computers getting their IP addresses - from the router? You need to make sure that they are both getting IP addresses on the same subnet and that they are also both set to use the router as the gateway.

Hope this helps!

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by sean In reply to Problems with workgroup s ...

ensure that you are using the same username and password to logon to windows on both pc's

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by nick_jcn In reply to Problems with workgroup s ...

Thank you everybody for response. Just wanted to let everybody know how problem was solved. I remember that some of the earlier versions of Windows did not allow me to name computer and a work group, if name contained some identical parts. So I changed the names for my computers. Originally one of the computers had name "desk1" and the other "frontdesk". As soon as I changed the second name to "front" both of them started to see each other with no problems. I guess the names not suppose to contain any same parts (like in my case the second computer contained "desk" in it what was similar to "desk1" - the name of the first computer).

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by kraj923 In reply to Problems with workgroup s ...

please clarify the problam

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by kraj923 In reply to Problems with workgroup s ...

please clarify the problam

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