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By pkoss ·
I have 5 machines sharing a cable broadband connection using a wireless Netgear router with 4 port hub. 1 desktop PC, running Windows XP home, is connected via the 4 port hub. A second desktop PC, running Windows 98, is connected wirelessly (Linksys USB), a third desktop PC, running Windows XP home is connected wirelessly (linksys USB), the fourth and fifth are notebook PCs connected wirelessly (Siemens Speedstream PCMCIA card - excellent reception by the way!!!)

Now the PROBLEM:

All of the PCs connect to the router and can surf the Internet but only four can share files and print to a shared printer. One of the notebooks while it can see the workgroup CAN'T share files and printers. In fact it can't see its own files or the open the workgroup to see the other PCs . The workgroup is called "Workgroup" However, if I join the notebook to a workgroup called "MSHOME" it can see the "Workgroup" Lan (including the rest of the PCs)but can't browse or share files/printers in that workgroup) I tried adding everyone to the "MSHOME" workgroup but then I had the reverse situation - 4 PCs couldn't browse or share and the problem notebook could but only with itself!.

What else can I try? File and printer sharing is turned on, I have made sure that Browser services are turned on, there is no Windows firewall enabled on any of the PCs and have tried both "Use Netbios setting from DHCP..." and "Enable Netbios over TCP/IP". No matter what I do I can't get this last PC tobe part of the workgroup. HELP!!!

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by dustyD In reply to XP Wireless Lan file and ...

You should try naming your wireless connection (SSID) the same as your workgroup name. All PC's should use the same.
Also, you should really name your SSID and your workgroup something harder to identify, like setting it up as you do a password. Make sure you use WEP encryption at the highest level your wireless supports.
Are all systems getting their IP from the router?

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by pkoss In reply to XP Wireless Lan file and ...

How will this help with the problem? I can access the router from all the PCs and they can all share the broadband connection. Why does the router SSID need to be named the workgroup name?

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by sgt_shultz In reply to XP Wireless Lan file and ...

are you using ICS? maybe this will help: from support.microsoft.com
MSKB 261734 Internet Connection Sharing Clients on Different Subnets Cannot Access Shares Using the Universal Naming Convention
hope it does...

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by pchw In reply to XP Wireless Lan file and ...

I have run into a similar problem, and while it doesn't make a lot of sense, my approach did resolve the problem. I assume you are using TCP/IP. Try installing the IPX/SPX protocol. I know this doesn't make a lot of sense, as TCP/IP should be more than sufficient, but once I installed the second protocol (this was on a home network), everything worked great. Go figure.

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