network problems

By bobsled
Oct 3, 2005
  1. for some reason, i cant get my two pc'c to network together. i have one using windows 2000 office, and the other one using windows xp home. i am trying to network them together with the office o/s being the host. im not using a hub and a router, but using a direct parallel connection (the computers arent that far apart) but i cant get either one to recognize a connection, even when the xp computer is the host. please help!
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,964   +410

    If you're using a parallel cable, you need the IPX/SPX protocol.
    I think you would do better with a Crossover ethernet cable.
    Apparently you only need Print/File Sharing w/o concurrent Internet access.
  3. bobsled

    bobsled TS Rookie Topic Starter

    im kinda new to networking so any tips ya had would be welcome. actually, i wouldnt mind having internet sharing. i just dont know how to do it.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,964   +410

    a common hispeed network looks like
    cable/dsl modem---router---several computers​
    If your only choice is dial-up, it looks like
    telephone---dial-up-modem--systemA---ICS--{maybe router}--other system(s)​
    The latter will be a slow pig, but will work if it has to.

    Netgear, Linksys, and Belkin make inexpensive 4-port routers that will work nicely.
    You might like a wireless router if you have a laptop.

    You can get Print/File Sharing running while awaiting the ISP to install and
    enable your hispeed service; just cable up the router and systems and await the modem to arrive
  5. bobsled

    bobsled TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i would like to have file and printer sharing as soon as possible...
    i have dial-up so i can wait for the cable modem to come in for the net
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,964   +410

    ok, go get one router (btw:this is the time to consider wireless) and cable it
    router --+---systemA--printerA

    all connections are on the LAN side and the WAN side is left empty
    enable DHCP in the router and reboot it.
    enable DHCP in all systems
    enable File/Print Sharing in the firewall
    give each system a unique name but exactly the same WORKGROUP (XP defaults to MSHOME which is just fine)

    enable File Sharing by right-clicking a folder to be share and use the ADVANCED tab
    to enable Allow other to change my files

    enable Print Sharing by going to the CP-> Printers & Faxes
    right-click the specific printer to be share->properties->sharing

    All systems should see and print to the shared printer
    and under Network Places->Tools->Map Network Drive will
    access the shared folder(s)
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