I'll try to make it as simple as I can.... but, My home network consists of 5 towers and 2 laptops. These are connected to 2 routers , the routers connected by ethernet ports 1 on both (I don't know what it's called, a link to link, not sure). tower 1 contains all the media, and is connected to router 2.
Now the easy bit is... every tower except tower 2 can access the media (laptops have no issue either). now even though tower 2 is connected to router 1, all other towers/laptops on router 1 have no problem accessing the media. now on this tower 2, I have joined the homegroup, I have setup sharing, the asy way and advanced way, going through all the permissions and stuff, I've made the passwords correct, and pretty much made sure everything I could do to allow access I did (I spent an entire day on it). yet it still refuses, yet tower 2 can access the "drive" but no permissions on any folders.
The best bit is, when I took the Hdd from tower 1 and slaved it to tower 2 (the media is on a second drive, not the primary), obviously tower 2 could access (had to take ownership, but hurrah), yet... No other tower could access it.
I'm no smart cookie, but it's clear to me that the problem lies with tower 2, and not my network.
So apart from a clean install, is there anything I can try to tell this tower to open up to the network, even though all permissions and firewall settings have been checked and double checked.
For info, I am using eset internet security on all towers, and I also set that to allow access as well as firewall exceptions.
Sorry for long post, I hope I made it as easy as I can.