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Help with home network!

By enigmabunny
Jan 24, 2007
  1. hi i am trying to connect my desktop PC and my laptop together so i can access files etc. both share the same internet connection, the desktop is wired and the laptop is wireless. i have tried using the windows network setup wizard etc, but its not working. Obviously I am doing somethign wrong here, and cant figure out what it is, any help guys? x

    hey guys, have just figured it out, i turned off norton firewall and i can access them now. anyone know what settings to change in norton so i dont have to turn it off to access each other??
     
  2. YosefM

    YosefM TS Rookie Posts: 66

    This article gives some good advice on this issue, and (if you scroll down) lists the ports to open.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/298804

    Naturally, using a router (hardware firewall) would eliminate the need for the software firewall. Using a Software firewall is like putting a deadbolt on a cardboard door - worse than useless as it gives you a false sense of security.
     
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,469   +327

    you need to add a rule to both desktop/laptop firewalls like
    allow tcp/udp $ip-address-range destination ports 139,445
    the actual verbage will depend upon the FW vendor.

    only caution is to be sure that ONLY your LAN addresses are allowed, especially
    on the laptop!
     
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