Setting Up Local Network

Home brew / NO MODEL
January 15, 2009 at 19:08:05
Specs: Windows XP, AMD 1.8 Ghz & 1.25 GBytes
I have been trying to set up a wireless local network to our 2Wire Broadband DSL modem/router. We have a generic Desktop and a Dell Laptop. Both have wireless adapters and we can both connect to the Internet through the 2Wire Router without any problems. However, when we look at "My Network Places" on our respective machines, under the heading of "Network Location" on the machine being viewed shows is as Local Network and the other machine's location is shown as "the internet". When we select "View Workgroup Computers" on the Dell only the machine being used shows. When I try to "view workgroup computers" on my Desktop PC, after 20-30 seconds a blank screen comes up. Please provide me with some clues about how to correct this networking problem.

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#1
January 15, 2009 at 19:29:42
Both PCs should have the same workgroup name. Did you do that?

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#2
January 15, 2009 at 20:29:45
I called my network "HomeOffice" and used the Wireless Setup Wizard" to set up the network. However, I have used the wizard several times using a flash drive on both the laptop and desktop computers. I'm unclear about whether I need to do something to the 2Wire wireless router also. The wizard says to put the USB Drive into the access point but there is no USB connection on the 2Wire Router.

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#3
January 15, 2009 at 20:56:43
I've never used a wizard yet. Right click on my computer and change the name of the workgroup.

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#4
January 16, 2009 at 07:17:29
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#5
January 16, 2009 at 09:17:48
Configure both computers to have same workgroup, then you should be able to see other computers in same workgroup. Hope it helps...

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#6
January 16, 2009 at 09:34:00
I was able to get both computers to show in the "view workgroup computers" by using the "setup home or small office network" wizard. I had previously tried to accomplish this task using the "setup a wireless home or small office network" wizard. For some reason, unknown to me and maybe because I already had wireless access to the internet through the 2Wire router, the "wireless set up" wizard did not work. At present I can see both computers on the "view workgroup computers" but if I view them from my "desktop" the desktop's "Network Location" is shown as "local network" and the laptop's "Network Location" is shown as "The Internet" When I view the same information at the "My Network Places" on the laptop the "Network Location" information is reversed for the two computers. I thought both computers "Network Location" should have been shown as "Local Network".

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#7
January 16, 2009 at 10:10:39
I'm only going to try it one more time. If you right click on my computer, left click on properties and go to the computer name tab, what is the workgroup name on both computers???

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#8
January 16, 2009 at 10:49:59
I apologize for not making a response. I have a "my computer" icon on my desktop and doing as you suggested did not give me access to "Computer Name" tab. I finally tried the "my Computer" selection on the "Start" menu and got to the "computer name" tab to which you referred. Both computers have the "workgroup" listed as "HOMEOFFICE" so that does not appear to be a problem. I am able to get access to both computers on my workgroup from either machine but am wondering whether having one the machine I'm on listed under "Network Location" as being "local Network" and the other machine's "Network Location" listed as "The Internet" when looking under the "My Network Places" menu choice.

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#9
January 16, 2009 at 12:02:58
Run ipconfig /all on both machines and post the results.

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#10
January 16, 2009 at 12:21:13
I ran the ipconfig /all command on both machines but don't know what I should be looking for in the results.

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#11
January 16, 2009 at 14:44:16
That's why I told you to post them here.

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