File sharing/network problem

March 22, 2009 at 16:34:31
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.399 GHz / 2045 MB
I’m having file sharing/connection problems. I have 4 computers (3 wireless) set up on the same
Windows workgroup, all running VCOM System Suite 7 (firewall/anti-virus) and Network
Magic is also installed on all 4. Computer #1 is hard-wired to a Linksys WRT55AG router and
is running XP Home SP3. Computer #2 is running XP Pro SP3 and connects via Linksys
Wireless-G PCI Adapter. Computer #3 is also running XP Pro SP3 and connects via D-Link
WDA-1320 Desktop Adapter. Computer #4 is a laptop running Vista Home Premium SP1 and
connects via Intel Pro/Wireless 3945ABG. Only computers 1 and 2 have shared printers
attached. All 4 computers can connect to the internet without problem. Computers 1 & 4 can
access all computers and both printers. Computer 2 can access computer 1 and both printers as
well as computer 4. Computer 3 can access computer 1 and printer and also computer 4. The
problem is connecting computers 3 & 4 (the only 2 running XP Pro!). They see each other on
the windows network and in Network Magic, but are both “inaccessible” to each other. Nothing
I’ve tried has worked. Please help!

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#1
March 22, 2009 at 17:27:19
Disable all firewalls for now. Use static IP addresses. Make sure that file sharing is enabled and the files are shared. Then go to PC 3 and in the run box type the IP of PC 4 preceeded by 2 back slashes & press enter.
Example: \\192.168.0.100 and press enter. The shares should appear in explorer & you should be able to view them & create shortcuts. Do the same for 4 to 3.

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#2
March 22, 2009 at 18:29:16
I meant to say 2 & 3 don't connect, but I tried what you said on the two that aren't connecting, and I get an error message: "The network path was not found"

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#3
March 22, 2009 at 19:48:23

Run ipconfig /all on the affected PCs and post the outputs.

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#4
March 24, 2009 at 17:20:01
Computer #2:

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Mom
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/100 VE Network Connection
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-07-E9-3A-06-5B

Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Linksys Wireless-G PCI Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-22-6B-A8-DE-09
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.101
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
205.171.3.25


Computer #3:

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Ben
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/100 VE Network Connection
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0C-F1-8F-1C-21

Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : D-Link VDA-1320 Desktop Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-22-B0-66-EF-AD
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.101
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
205.171.3.25

Thanks for your help!


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#5
March 24, 2009 at 19:07:39
Why does computer 2 and computer 3 have the same IP address? Each PC has to have it's own IP. That's all or part of your problem.
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It won't help the problem at hand but 192.168.0.1 can't be a name server when the Class C subnet is 192.168.1.1

Using the ISP's name servers (second entry) is a better idea.


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#6
March 24, 2009 at 19:34:56
I had a printout of my settings so I would have the correct IP settings in front of me when I configured the other computer and forgot to change his to 192.168.1.102 (which I have since done). As for the 192.168.0.1, I got that and the other server number from my router settings. Should I change it on both computers to 102.168.1.1 or just delete it altogether?

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#7
March 24, 2009 at 19:59:53
I prefer to use the ISP's DNSs. They should have a primary and secondary available. It's better to have 2 in there, in case one is down.

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#8
March 24, 2009 at 20:56:02
I changed both computers to read 192.168.1.1

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#9
March 25, 2009 at 06:00:02
As long as it's working, leave it.

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#10
March 25, 2009 at 09:57:31
The problem is that the two computers running XP Pro still won't connect to each other.

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#11
March 25, 2009 at 12:59:04
Open the run box on 192.168.1.101 , type in
\\192.168.0.102 & press enter.

Do the same on the other each with the other IP address. Make sure that file sharing is enabled on both and that the drives are shared with the proper permissions. If you still have a problem, run on each
nbtstat - A IP_of the other machine. Post the results.


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#12
March 25, 2009 at 18:46:16
I tried the info you gave on both computers but get a message that "the network path was not found." I am assuming file sharing is enabled correctly since the other two computers have no problems with these two. The nbtstat info is:

Computer #2:

Local Area Connection:
Node IpAddress: [0.0.0.0] Scope Id: []

Host not found.

Wireless Network Connection:
Node IpAddress: [192.168.1.101] Scope Id: []

NetBIOS Remote Machine Name Table

Name Type Status
---------------------------------------------
MOM <00> UNIQUE Registered
MOM <20> UNIQUE Registered
HOME <00> GROUP Registered
HOME <1E> GROUP Registered

MAC Address = 00-22-6B-A8-DE-09


Computer #3:

Local Area Connection:
Node IpAddress: [0.0.0.0] Scope Id: []

Host not found.

Wireless Network Connection:
Node IpAddress: [192.168.1.102] Scope Id: []

NetBIOS Remote Machine Name Table

Name Type Status
---------------------------------------------
BEN <00> UNIQUE Registered
BEN <20> UNIQUE Registered
HOME <00> GROUP Registered
HOME <1E> GROUP Registered

MAC Address = 00-22-B0-66-EF-AD


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#13
March 25, 2009 at 18:59:58
The <20> shows that file sharing is enabled.
If other PCs can see the shares on the XP boxes, the something in router is blocking it.

Give me a diagram of the network. For example

Modem > router > switch > all PCs
Provide whatever details you can.


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#14
March 25, 2009 at 19:21:30
Actiontec GT701 modem connects to WRT55AG v2 wireless router which also has four LAN ports. Computer 1 connects directly to the router, port 1. The other three computers are all wireless.

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#15
March 26, 2009 at 08:22:04
The Actiontec GT701 is a modem/router which means it does NAT and DHCP. You can't have 2 routers running DHCP at the same time on the same subnet. One maybe getting an IP from the actiontec and the other getting an IP from the WRT55AG.

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#16
March 26, 2009 at 08:47:52
I logged into the modem configuration and under DCHP Settings it does say that if using an additional router this function should be turned off, however it is on. If I go in and turn that off are there any changes I should make to my Linksys router and/or computer settings?

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#17
March 26, 2009 at 09:17:03
The question is: Do you really need 2 routers? Doesn't the Actiontec have wireless capabilities? If it doesn't why can't you eliminate it & just use the Linksys?

If for some reason you have to have both then the internal IP of the Actiontec has to be the gateway of the Linksys & the gateway of the PCs has to be the IP of the Linksys.


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#18
March 26, 2009 at 09:34:00
Unfortunately our Actiontec is not the wireless version. I will make sure all the settings match your instructions, see what happens and let you know. Thanks again for all your advice -- you are being incredibly helpful!

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#19
March 26, 2009 at 09:44:17
You should be eliminate the Actiontec completely. Just connect the outside line to the Linksys.

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#20
March 26, 2009 at 09:57:36
The Linksys doesn't have built-in modem capabilities -- it has to be connected to a modem.

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#21
March 26, 2009 at 17:45:05
Turned off DCHP setting on modem and double checked to make sure the computers were configured correctly, but no change.

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#22
March 26, 2009 at 19:26:21
What's the IP of the actiontec? What's the IP of the Linksys. Run netstat -r from both the affected PCs and post the results.

You might want to shut DHCP on the Linksys too and use static IPs on everything. Personally, I prefer for small networks.


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