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LAN problems

By Cobra_MX5 ยท 5 replies
Jun 23, 2007
  1. Hello it's me, Paul again...

    This time with a different problem.
    I'm trying to set up a LAN at my home, and I need to connect three things:

    - Router
    - PC
    - Laptop

    The router is a USRobotics 9107 ADSL router. My PC is running on Windoze XP SP2 while the laptop is running on Windoze Vista home premium...
    I recently got a Linksys 5-port Switch, to connect all three, so now all three, the PC, the router and the laptop are connected to the switch. Both the PC and the laptop can access the net, but they don't seem to communicate much with each other... Both are set to "WORKGROUP", have names etc... At one point I could see the laptop via the PC but when I tried to connect to it I couldn't...

    What am I doing wrong?
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    You need to do some basic reading online... there is too much to know to get it here on this forum. Do a Google search for everything each time a new question comes up... within four hours you will be good enough to run with it.
  3. sadistic4eva

    sadistic4eva TS Rookie

    I think it could be a I.P. address conflict, maybe a little spoof mac for you might help.....
    Good Luck
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    you should not need the switch, but IF you desire to do so, the wiring would be:
    modem-->router -->switch-->your-systems
    the systems can just as well connect directly to the router.

    SEEING each other or File/Print sharing requires open ports in ALL firewalls
    eg: Windows Firewall ->Exceptions Tab
    check the box for File-Print sharing
  5. imax2000

    imax2000 TS Rookie Posts: 26


    i connect my pc with laptop without using a router or even a switch.

    u need cable RG45 ( not direct cable) . u need also to do some configurations on in both pc and laptop for internet access and sharing filesand print.

    that s all.
  6. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,425   +112

    Networking at home Diagrams

    Wired Network Setup with Wired Router

    Wireless Network Setup with Wireless Router
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