home networking: netbook can't find desktop

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December 7, 2011 at 05:16:46
Specs: Windows 7
Although we have a moderately wired house with cat6 cables runs in many of the rooms that all end in the basement, I am currently having trouble since I can’t stream audio and video files from my desktop in the den to the netbook and receiver in the family room. All computers are hooked up by cable.

I have tried a friend’s advice to plug in the exact IP address of the desktop (and vice versa on the netbook) but still the netbook can’t find the desktop nor can the desktop find the netbook. I have tried home sharing in Windows 7 to no avail as I have been prompted to initiate a home network both on the netbook and the desktop when I think it is suppose to be initiated on one machine and same home network joined by the other.

DSL Modem --> Linksys WRTGL router running Tomato --> switch -->various rooms (cont.)
Family room (one of the various rooms) has a Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH AirStation (with one USB port) --> 1) netbook and 2) Denon AVR receiver (with network capabilities)

I have a switch in the den and the desktop and laptop computers can read off each other through folder/drive sharing even with Kaspersky Internet Security running in the background so I'm sure it's not Kaspersky meddling with my network sharing. If both are on the wireless network, the netbook can access the desktop and vice versa.

Is it possible for the netbook to read off the desktop based on my current set up? I can't bring the desktop down as we use them in the den and will not have room for it in the family room. I am not inclined to purchase a stand-alone HTPC at the moment if there is a network sharing solution.

All computers are running Windows 7 and even the netbook got an upgrade so none of them is running Windows 7 starter edition.

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December 7, 2011 at 06:51:55
Why is the buffalo air station there? Is DHCP running on it? Disable it if it is.

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December 7, 2011 at 06:54:58
Thanks Guapo for taking the time to help out. The Air Station is there to propagate Wireless N across our house as my Linkysys with MLPPP only has wireless b/g. I will try your suggestion when I reach home tonight.

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