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    Sharing with Router, how do I?

    I used to use an NT machine (with two network cards) as a server for my two home machines. Do to a relocation, I can't use this option any more. I went ahead and purchased a router so I could connect two of the computers to the internet off the cable modem. It works but for one teensy weensy problem -- the computers can't see each other.

    What steps must I perform so I can share files between the two machines? One is a Windows98se, the other is XP.

    Thanks in advance
    Oh, and I did read the discussion of switches and hubs and routers (oh my!), but I couldn't figure out if this issue was addressed. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

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    Re: Sharing with Router, how do I?

    I have a Linksys router (cable/DSL) and my network consists of an XP Pro, Win98 and a WinME machine. Seems like as long as you have TCP/IP installed on each machine as well as Client for MS Networking you should be OK. Be sure you put in the router's IP address as the gateway (I don't use DHCP and that's another story!) and the DNS server numbers of your ISP. See attachment for my example.
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    Re: Sharing with Router, how do I?

    I use DHCP and have had no problems sharing - I like DHCP - I think is easier because then you do not have to configure each machine with a particular IP - just configure the DHCP setting in the router for a particular IP range of your home network (for ex. 192.168.1.150 through 192.168.1.160 - this will allow 11 devices on your network).

    Then to share you need to open up sharing on the drive/folder/file that you want the other computer to see (right click on the drive, folder, or file and select sharing.

    Of course, I assume you have both machines plugged into the switch portion of the router - and both machine access the internet okay - right?

    Are you using a personal firewall? You should be. Make sure you configure the firewall to allow the IP (or IP Range of your home network) of the other machine in. If you don't the firewall will see you as an intruder and block you.
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    Re: Sharing with Router, how do I?

    I hate to disagree but simply have TCP/IP & Client for MS Networking does not guarantee file sharing between WinXP & Win98. I've just been thru several weeks of hell trying to integrate 2 new Dells with WinXP into an existing network of Win98 machines. I've finally given up for now. The XP machines can read/write to all machines on the network, and to each other, but the Win98 machines can't read/write to the WinXP machines. So I've told the XP users for the time being to save their documents on the other machines. Hate it-mostly wastes those new HDs, largest of any on the network, but it's better than having files that others can't get to.

    A caveat here-I'm not using TCP/IP for file & printer sharing until I get a firewall installed & configured. Under Win98 I used IPX/SPX for that & it worked fine. Doesn't seem to work between 98 & XP though. So I'll try again using strictly TCP/IP-after I get that firewall.

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    Re: Sharing with Router, how do I?

    Are these Dell machine NTFS?
    If so each Win 98 machine will need to have an account that is the same as the ones on the Dell's and the same passwords. This should work.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Sharing with Router, how do I?

    What about on machines that do not require login? When I upgraded (actually a fresh install) my ICS/main PC to XP ICS no longer works on my 98/ME/2000 Machines. This is on my home network. They will force the XP machine to dial out but will not open IE or Mozilla to the internet. In other words the XP machine is on the net but the others are not. I did not have this problem when the main PC was a 98 machine.
    I do not have XP firewall on and do have static IP addresses. I can share the printer on the XP machine with any of the other PCs. <img src=/S/blackteeth.gif border=0 alt=blackteeth width=20 height=20>

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    Re: Sharing with Router, how do I?

    A login IS REQUIRED on a XP machine, so you must have the same account and password on the XP machine same as there is on the 98 and Me machines. The 98 and Me machines have a user and a password and this is what is needed. When one first set up 98 or Me, there was and is a user name and a password screen. This is what is needed.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Sharing with Router, how do I?

    Yeah, Dave is right. And on MY home LAN, I logon the two non-XP machines with a user name but NO password. On the XP machine therefore, I had to make a change to system policies to allow logon WITHOUT password. I found this out on Practically Networked. On the XP machine, I had to create a user named the same as the other machines use to logon. All in the name of security.

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    Re: Sharing with Router, how do I?

    Basically, I am getting the vibes that you need to have an account for each user on the XP machine even though they are logging in on other machines. Am I correct in that?

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    Re: Sharing with Router, how do I?

    Depends on whether you're running XP Pro or Home and whether it's a workgroup or domain. I know I've passed this along before, so pardon the repeat - take a look at Practically Networked. Here's two links for starters:

    http://www.practicallynetworked.com/sharin...aring/index.htm

    http://www.practicallynetworked.com/sharin...filesharing.htm

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