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Work laptop connecting to home network issue

By alex_75 ·

My network consists a D-link router DI-524 (used as a gateway), Home PC and work laptop.

The internet access is OK from all machines (wired and wireless).

The problem is:
From the Laptop I can access the shared files of my PC but from the PC I can't access files of the Laptop. (Same result if I access directly by the command \\ providing the IP address of the Laptop)

Ping tests results: PC to Laptop => OK. Laptop to PC => timeout. Both PC and Laptop to Router => OK.

When I perform a command from the shell: arp -a on the Laptop I do see that the MAC address of my PC is learned properly!

So as I understand the main issue is to make laptop to accept Ping messages sent from my PC.

The same behavior apears on both when I connect the Laptop by wire and wereless to the Router.

All machines are running WINDOWS-XP professional SP-2.

XP Firewalls are disabled on all machines.

The difference that the PC is configured as WORKGROUP when the Laptop is configured to office domain. I tried to set the laptop also as WORKGROUP but had the same results. As I understood later in order to share files on the LAN it's not need to configure all machines to same workgroup.

How to make it work in order to share files and to play games using LAN?

Thanks in advance!


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Enable File and Printer Sharing on the Laptop.

by anthony In reply to Work laptop connecting to ...

I knopw you said the firewalls are disabled but give this a shot.

Goto Control Panel | Windows Firewall.
Ensure that the Firewall is 'On' and that the Disallow Exceptions checkbox is NOT checked.

Select the 'Exceptions' Tab
Ensure that 'File and Printer Sharing' is selected.

Hit Ok and try again.



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