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Computers not seeing each other on wireless network?

By UnWarierMage224
Aug 23, 2006
  1. Title basically explains it.

    I've got two computers connected to the same wireless network, and yet they fail to see each other. Both computers have file/printer sharing enabled, and yet I cannot see/access the files on the other computer.

    I'm absolutely stymied as to how to fix this.

    Help's appreciated,

    -'Mage
     
  2. PSPness

    PSPness TS Rookie

    Yes. I also have the same problem. Sorta. I have a laptop and a desktop. So does my brother, laptop and esktop. His desktop and laptop cannot connect to anything of the other computers. My laptop can. but my desktop could, but stop seeing the others on the network a few days ago. Please Help. Thanks

    Pspness
     
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,330   +622

    each system must be able to ping all others
    each must also be able to ping your DNS.

    once this works, it's a matter of configuring all systems properly for file/print
    sharing (FPS).

    Your router will (by default) reject WAN access to your systems, so
    enabling FPS on the firewalls will be safe.
    {CAUTION: A laptop connected to a public hotspot should never allow FPS}

    1) all must be in the same WORKGROUP (XP defaults to MSHOME)
    If you have any win/98se systems, then need to be changed.

    2) XP/Home uses Simple File sharing and you need to enable FPS on your firewall of each system.

    3) each system will use the Guest Account to access all file shares;
    a)enable the account, b)set a password for it, c)then disable the account

    4) lastly, for each Folder to be shared, use the Properties of the folder to
    make it Shared and set Modifiable as desired.
     
  4. UnWarierMage224

    UnWarierMage224 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 69

    I tried all that.

    The comps are in the same workgroup, I can see them when I say "View Workgroup Computers"... however the shared folders do not appear.
     
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,330   +622

    3) each system will use the Guest Account to access all file shares;
    a)enable the account, b)set a password for it, c)then disable the account

    redo (3) above
     
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