File sharing on wireless network w/ ZA

By msakey
Nov 29, 2005
  1. Hey all,

    First off, sorry for the rookie question--thanks in advance for your help.

    I'm trying to setup a wireless network of two computers. I'm using a D-Link DI-524 wireless router. My cable modem plugs into the WAN slot, and then my desktop plugs into the first LAN slot.

    The web connection works fine for both my desktop and my wireless laptop. However, I can't seem to get file sharing to work. I've run the network setup wizard on both computers and set them to the same workgroup, and I've okayed file sharing on folders within each system. When I try to view the workgroup, from my desktop I can see my laptop, but when I try to access it I get an error: "<computername> not accessible. You might not have permissions...blah path not found."

    From the laptop, I can't even see the desktop within the workgroup.

    I'm running XP SP2 on both systems, windows firewall turned off, Zone Alarm on both. I'm guessing ZA is part of the problem, but I can't find a way to exempt the network workgroup--only static IP addresses, which I assume I can't really force (or at least I don't know how to).

    Any help? I've read all of the file sharing FAQs I can find, but none of them discuss ZA, and the ZA help isn't much, well, help.


  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    For all computers

    enable ports 135, 445 for your LAN address range
    192.168.0.x -> 0.y tcp+udp, ports 135, 445​

    This should make all systems see one another.

    To make the connection, you may also need to play with the GUEST account password.
    Although LOGIN may be disabled, the account is still used to make the
    sharing access.
  3. msakey

    msakey TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks! I actually found that by creating a trusted range of IPs within ZA, it took care of the problem. I just set the range from - on both systems, and all problems seemed to be resolved.

    Thanks for your help, though.
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