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windows xp networking help needed

By dmward ·
I have 2 desktops that I cant seem to get file and printer sharing to work pc1 is a dell with xp home and pc2 is a hp with xp home upgraded from 98, they are ran into a wired broadband router pc1 sees pc2, when i try to access it i get pc2 is not accessable, network path not found and on pc2 when i click "view workgroup computers" i get mshome is not accessible network path not found, all ip address look good and all firewalls are disable, mshome is my network name on both pc's I also get a timed out when I try to ping the other pc ip address from either pc please E-mail me with any help you can offer subject tech republic so I know its not spam, thankyou......

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try a few basics

by Deadly Ernest In reply to windows xp networking hel ...

I know some of these things should not be a problem but they are all problems I have found with peer to peer networking in Win XP in the past. THeoretical they should not be a problem but often are.

1. It is best NOT to use the default MS workgroup (for security reasons), but make sure you type the workgroup name in using capitals as Freds and FReds are seen as two different groups by the system; and it is the same on both systems. Some older systems will look for the workgroup using capitals only so it is best to cater for that. And make sure it is the same workgroup as the router is expecting as well.

2. Make sure that every user and each machine has an account on each computer that has a shared resource and that the passwords are the same. When Bill on PC1 wants to access PC2 it will not allow access unless PC2 has an user account the same as the one being used on PC1 and the password is the same. Thus Bill is logged nto PC1 then when he wants PC2 he logs on there across the network.

3. All IP addresses and masks need to be the same on subnet on the machines and the router. Mask 192.168.0.x with mask 255.255.255.x is seen as different to 255.255.x.x

Use the reserved address range of 192.168.0.x not the default MS one of 169 something.

I have never seen a XP P2P network work using the default MS settings.

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