Cant share printer/files but internet is ok

By ptitterington ยท 12 replies
Apr 9, 2003
  1. I have read as many reviews as I can but I must be doing something stupid.
    I have a Draytek Vigor 2600we adsl modem/router.
    I have my machine connected via a cable to one of the ports (this machine also has the printer connected to it.), and I have another pc with a wireless card fitted and a laptop with the same.

    (The laptop also is set up to use the schools network and their card will not work on mine I dont want to mess their settings, there are 3 printers already accessable at the school network.)

    I am able to connect to broadband on all three fine.

    I have followed step by step the built in xp network wizard although It does not like the Idea that all 3 machines access the net directly.

    I have named the printer and the machines and allowed the network to be MSHOME.
    I have installed the drivers on the laptop for the printer.

    I have enabled printer and file sharing.
    What am I not doing.

  2. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 621

    Did you put the users and passwords from the other machines on the computer sharing the printer?
  3. ptitterington

    ptitterington TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 255

    Probably not, I presumed somehow misguidedly that following the steps in the wizard it would work.

    Where do I enter this info?

    All the magasine guides I read make it appear too easy.

    I new there hd to be more to it.
  4. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    Have you make sure that you have properly installed the following components:

    File and Printer Sharing For Microsoft Network
    NWLink NetBIOS
    NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol
    QoS Packet Scheduler
  5. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    I don't think these two exist in XP by default, and they shouldn't be needed anyhow..
  6. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    NetBIOS and IPX protocols are not necessary for Windows XP/2000 to Windows XP/2000 networks.

    This might sound silly, but did you right click on your printer in the printer control panel, choose "sharing" from the menu and then select "Share Printer"
  7. ptitterington

    ptitterington TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 255

    did that, Still no joy
  8. ptitterington

    ptitterington TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 255

    Well i have managed to make it work by diabling the firewall. How bad is this.

    I Found under related topics
    NW Link IPX/SPX/NETBIOS compatable transport protocol I clicked ok.

    Unfortunately when I clear the (TCP/IP) box i am unable to connect to the internet.
  9. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 621

    I use a Linksys router and Zonealarm Pro. I'm not familiar with your router. What are you using for a Firewall? I found in ZAP you have to set the LAN IP to trusted zone from internet zone to share files and printers.
  10. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    What kind of firewall is it? You may have NetBIOS ports blocked in there (ZoneAlarm blocks them by default I think). That's of course if you are using NetBIOS.
  11. ptitterington

    ptitterington TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 255

    I must admit that I am a little confused.
    There is an inbuilt firewall that I thought I had stopped so that my kids could use instant messaging and I was too stupid to sort out the proxy server thing..
    I disconnected the xp firewall and the file and printer sharing works fine.
    I ran the norton web security check and It gave me a pretty good clean bill of health with mu settings.

    Odd but it works.

  12. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    If you are behind a well-confirgured router, then your firewall does little more.

    The XP firewall does have the unfortunate side effect of blocking local network traffic, so that is probably culprit as you have found. Using a 3rd party program, such as ZoneAlarm, will give you better control over your security, without interfering with your network traffic.
  13. ptitterington

    ptitterington TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 255

    Thanks its working fine now.
    With norton internet security installed.
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