Small Office Network QuestionLocked
I set up a workgroup in a small office (1 laptop and 1 desktop right now) for file and print sharing. I’m using a Netgear WGL614 router to connect and manage DHCP. After making sure both PCs had Internet access, I ran the Network setup utility, named the computers and workgroup and rebooted both machines.
Upon rebooting, the computers still could not see each other. I turned off my firewalls (Norton Internet Security and Windows XP firewall), but that didn’t help anything. I checked out the router config page and found that both computers show up as attached devices. Since they both have IP addresses, I tried adding the printer that’s attached to the desktop to the laptop, by using the IP address of the desktop instead of its name, and was successful. So, using the IP address, I actually can see shared folders and printers on the desktop from the laptop, but not vice versa.
This isn’t such a problem right now because I just want the laptop to print and I can put shared files into the shared folder on the desktop. But I do want to add additional computers in the future and the IP address thing needs fixed.
So my question is, where am I going wrong with this network and what do I need to do so I can map to printers and shared folders using the computer name instead of IP address?