connect pc with laptop via router

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August 21, 2010 at 09:15:03
Specs: Windows Vista, 1 gb
I've got a WinXP PC and a Vista laptop. The PC is connected to a wireless router via cable and the laptop uses the wireless modem to connect to the router. I've password protected the router so I don't get unwanted people surfing my internet.

My problem is that I want to be able to point my PC to my laptop or vice versa through the router. I've enabled file sharing on both computers, checked both firewalls, and renamed the workgroup on both computers to the same name hoping they'll join together. However, regardless of my efforts, each computer can only see itself, the router, and the internet.

Does anyone know how to direct the router to couple both computers to each other instead of the internet, or how to direct the computers to seek each other out via the router?

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August 21, 2010 at 15:23:21
The second part of your question is the correct way to ask it. The computers see each other through the router. So far, it sounds like you have taken the correct steps. Are there other firewalls such as Norton or Zone Alarm running?

In the run box of the XP machine, type \\IP_address of the Vista box.

Example \\ & press enter. Do the shares open?

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