how to network 3 pcs (winxp)

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January 2, 2010 at 03:50:06
Specs: Windows XP
I got a problem connecting 3 pcs together. At the first glance, it's straighforward because all of them can connect internet and see each other as well as share files and folders. In reality, it's not that easy at all because when I turned one or all of them off and turned them back on the following day, they can't share files any more, though they still can connect the internet. PC1 can see other two but I got an error (network path not found) when I clicked on shared folders. PC2 and PC3 only see themselves and also end up with the same error (network path not found). They can't ping each other.
I really don't know what went wrong. Weird! (sharing files and folders is still enabled in Window firewall).
OK, here is the network (3 pcs) that I'm talking about and what I did:
- Wireless Modem Router Linksys
- PC1 (desktop): winXP-SP3, wired connecting to the modem
- PC2 (desktop):winXP-SP3, using wireless
- PC3 (laptop):winXP-SP3, using wireless

What I did:
From My Network Places on PC1, click on Set up a home or small office network, following the screens until Select a connection method when I selected this computer connect to the internet through a residential gateway, blah, blah, blah..., workgroup name is keped unchanged (ie. MSHOME), sharing files is turned on. PC1 was restarted.
Likewise, I did the same for PC2 and PC3

Please tell me what went wrong.

Thanks very much,

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January 2, 2010 at 05:17:27
An automatic update may have changed the configuration. Disable all the firewalls & start over.

Make a note of the IP addresses for each machine. In the run box of one, type the IP address of the other preceded by \\
Example: \\
Press enter. All the shares should appear. Then you can make shortcuts.

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January 2, 2010 at 06:31:11
hi quapo,

I disabled all firewalls (Windows and bitdefender) and start it over. It still does not work.

IP addresses of PC1, PC2 and PC3 are respectively, and They're consistent all the time.

Using \\ as you said sometimes works, sometimes does not.

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January 2, 2010 at 07:50:30
Maybe I wasn't clear. When I said start over, I didn't mean start the firewalls again. Leave then disabled until all the testing is done.

If the shares appear sometimes when you run \\ what is the error message when it doesn't work? Did you try the same procedure on all PCs?

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January 3, 2010 at 18:33:42
hi quapo,

yes, you were clear. I did exactly as you said (ie. disabled all firewalls and try the procedures again on each pc) but still no luck.
I do not recall the error that I came across when using \\ but it's OK now. That's a good alternative. I like it.

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January 3, 2010 at 19:56:06
"PC1 (desktop): winXP-SP3, wired connecting to the modem"

pc1 should not be wired to the modem. It should be wired to the linksys only.

Surprising it's working. ISP must be providing multiple ips which is not the norm.

This still doesn't explain how pc1 is getting x.x.x.100 and the other two which are connected to the router, get ips in the same ip subnet.

Router lan ips should not be in the same subnet of the modem ips. If they are the router will not work unless configured to bridge not route.

Bridging loses you nat and any firewall inspection. You have to trust your ISP [ip provider] for your network protection. Not something I would do myself, trust them that is.

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January 3, 2010 at 20:15:15
oh yeah, I got the error again. With \\ (on pc1), the error message is:"No network provider accept the given network path" and with \\ (on pc2): "the network location could not be reached. For more information about network troubleshooting, use Window Help". It's like what I said, sometimes it works, sometimes it does not. Hmm...

To wanderer: my linksys is a wireless modem router and wired connection is, of course, connected to it.

I got a static IP address from my ISP

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January 4, 2010 at 07:21:37

I searched google for "No network provider accepted" The above link has some things to try. Repeat the search for more info. I never saw it work only part of the time.

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January 4, 2010 at 18:40:05
thanks very much for your help. I'll give it a try and let you know how it goes.

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