Problem connecting 2 Computers

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January 10, 2009 at 07:06:44
Specs: Windows XP, PentiumD 3.4, 2G RAM

I have this problem:
I have 2 computers connected to each other by a switch, and also connected to the Internet via a cable modem (the modem also connected to the same switch).

The Internet works fine, but I want to be able to share files between the computers.
I've established a Workgroup, and did all the normal Win XP config.
It doesn't work. When I enter "My Network Places", and click "View Workgroup Computers", it waits a minute and then shows an error which says I don't have permission to access that.
Same happens when I use the Win Explorer and try to click on the name of the workgroup.

Any Ideas, what have I done wrong?


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January 10, 2009 at 07:25:03
Do both computers make their own dial up to the internet?

Check the standard gateway at both computers via Start / CMD / ipconfig /all.

If the standard gateway directs to the internet, you might have such problem as you described.

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January 10, 2009 at 08:09:24
I don't know which Gateway is the Internet's one.
But from what I see, the Default Gateway on the two computers is different one from other.

If the you mean to the DHCP field, then it is also different from the two Gateways.

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January 10, 2009 at 08:25:36
If there is only one network card installed on each computer and each computer does it's own dial up to the internet, you'll get a public ip address for each computer.
So you can't share files between them easily.
In that case a router would help, because the router will establish the connection to the Internet and provides it to every computer, connected to that router.
So each computer will get a private ip address of the same range, e.g. 192.168.0.x.
In this scenario, you'll be able to share files and folders between the computers.
Another advantage is, that your private network is behind the routers firewall and so it's more secure.

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January 10, 2009 at 11:59:10
There is a different method to enable filesharing between 2 Windows computers. You can add a new protocol to your networking, NetBEUI, and bind the file and printer sharing service to NetBEUI instead of TCP/IP. Then it doesn't matter what the IP addresses are, NetBEUI only uses the Workgroup name to share files. Here is a website which explains it:

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