Another Networking question....but

By J_Bone
Feb 22, 2004
  1. I couldn't find one that related to my problem..

    I have two XP(1 Home & 1 prof) computers online. They are connected thru a Linksys router. Both can do online gaming and there own IP address.

    I connot seem to get them to connect to each other to share files? Each one had its share folder all setup.

    I have looked up numerious web pages and tried to use XP help but they all haven't worked!

    What possibly have I not done or did?
    Any recomendations?

  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    You can refer to any tutorials about networking 2 computers. You router doesn't change things.

    Things to check: same workgroups, enable windows networking in software firewall, allow netbios over tcp/ip
  3. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,202   +422

    I am fairly positive it's gonna be a firewall issue.
  4. lowman

    lowman TS Rookie Posts: 380

    Just out of curiousity, what operating systems are running on these PCs? And Nodsu had it right - check those things, and if they are Windows based machines, I would also check to make sure File and Print services are installed on both...try accessing each machine by name and IP address, and create shares on each...these steps will hep you narrow down where the issue lies...
  5. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    Nodsu has got u off in the right direction .
    Also Names of workgroup is the same in each cpu,and at least one user resides on both cpu's ( preferably Admin with the same password) Use the Connection wizard on both machines.
    Finally XP home cannot join a domain so you must manually connect to assets on the Pro machine or use a batch file.You will know if you are set up right when you get a "connecting to CPU name" in explorer(from the Home CPU) as you try to' Dbl click' some asset on the pro machine.
  6. J_Bone

    J_Bone TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Thanks for the pointers!!

    I have one XP home and one XP professional.

    I was doing alot of things wrong...
    1) Workgroup names were differnet
    2) Didn't Install Netbios w/ SPX/IPX
    3) Software firewall
    4) Selected wrong menu's on Install Wizard

    It works great now! Got them all mapped and ready to go.

    Thanks once again!!:grinthumb
  7. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,202   +422

    You don't need IPX/SPX to do what you want.
  8. J_Bone

    J_Bone TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    I tried to remove one at a time and it seemed that they all needed to be installed.

    I will try again :grinthumb
  9. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    J I know that you do not need the ipx/spx ,However you said everything is working .Leave it .I use the same set up on my Lan.Ipx works very well behind a firewall without opening yourself up to the internet.I always recieve a' perfectly protected'report when I test my system's vunerabilities over the net.
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