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WinXP wireless connect to Win2K

By raddish87 ·
I have WinXP Pro & XP Home Ed working with wireless USB Netgear h/w. I want to add 2 laptops (1 has Win2K Pro and 1 has Win2K Server) using same. Base is the WinXP Pro system.

I installed Netgear USB wireless adapter on each laptop and they do show connection to the XP PRO system is strong (11 mbps). However, even though I setup the workgroups to have the same names, laptops do not "see" the XP systems. Laptops are 2nd hand and no Win2k documentation.

WEP is enabled, associated keys are entered. No domain, this is "simple" peer-to-peer network.

I am missing something, but do not know what it is and would appreciate any help. I am self- taught, 3-4 (maybe 5) on scale of 10 (based on what I have read here).

thx!

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by sgt_shultz In reply to WinXP wireless connect to ...

things to try:
Note: if it were me I would do all this with the win2kpro laptop. I would leave the win2kserver laptop out of things right now...
first, can you ping the other devices.
if no, do ipconfig /release /renew on laptops and try pinging again
a) make sure everybody on same subnet mask
b) make sure everybody has valid ip address and can see (ping or better yet, net view) everybody else.
c) does 'net view' complain 'must be logged in to use'?
1) turn off WEP on everybody (just to see if that is the problem).
2) make sure wireless security is allowing the laptop ip addresses thru
3) turn off firewall on XP boxes
3) make accounts on the XP boxes for laptops using same username and password as used to login to laptops

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by raddish87 In reply to WinXP wireless connect to ...

Not as thorough as #2, but generally the same answer. Thx!

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by robert.hawley In reply to WinXP wireless connect to ...

Ok,
I know the problem you are having.
First disable WEP for right now,
then put your SSID on all systems to ANY.
(dont worry youll change it in a min.)

enable tcpip on all systems, same ip range, and subnet mask.

Disable the personel firewall on the xp systems.

do a ping from the server to all systems to make sure of connectivity.

If the server cant ping them all, then it is a nother problem.

Once the server is in contact with them all, go through and add all the systems tothe same work group. or if you are using a domain, make sure they are all member of the domain.

this should get you connected. then change you SSID on the systems to a different name then the workgroup/domain, but making sure they all match.

check conectivity again.

then enable wep starting at the server and working down.

Rember the server is the network browse master so you will allways start any changes there.

This should fix it.

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by robert.hawley In reply to WinXP wireless connect to ...

oh i almost forgot it can take upto 15 min for a network browser brodcastto generte out throghthe network, no matter how many times you hit refresh. so be patient.

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by raddish87 In reply to WinXP wireless connect to ...

Good answer, this did the trick. THX!!

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by raddish87 In reply to WinXP wireless connect to ...

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