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    Re: Home Network

    I sounds to me like you're well on the way and good luck. Stuart's post should help you along the way, so I won't say any more except we hope you'll let us know how you're making out. If the three PCs are accessing the web, they and the router are "talking" to one another.

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    Home Network

    I have a wireless router and three computers all of which can access the internet wirelessly through the router. I am having problems getting the computers to see each other and therefore with file and printer sharing. I propose to follow the instructions in <post:=589,883>post 589,883</post:> to try to resolve this. Before doing so, I would like to know if what I have is a working wireless network or not. Thanks.


    Edited by Big Al just to make the StarPost link clickable for the benefit of future Lounge searchers.

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    Re: Home Network

    Thank you for this. I will now start from the beginning..

    I have been using a BT 1250 wireless router for three years to acess the internet on several PCs (some of these have been replaced over time). This has always worked well. The BTmanual specifically recommends NOT using the XP home networking tool. It has its own system for viewing the network, and it was straightforward to set it up to share files and printers.

    I have replaced the BT router with Orange Livebox because this provides free phone calls. All three PCs are connected to the internet with the router, but I am unable to see any of the computers from any of the others so cannot share files or printers. I have run the Networking wizard several times though it never seems to do what it is supposed to do.

    I have now followed the steps in Stuart's post, and am attaching the results in a WORD file. I used only two computers to keep it simple.

    Many thanks.
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    Re: Home Network

    The result of the ping commands shows that the computers can talk to each other over TCP/IP. I assume that you have shared folders from both computers, although you didn't specifically say this.

    I wonder if you have a problem converting the computer names to IP addresses. Can you try the following commands and let me know what happens:

    From a command prompt on Computer A
    <code>NET USE 192.168.1.33IPC$ /user:username</code>
    and from Computer B
    <code>NET USE 192.168.1.99IPC$ /user:username</code>

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    Re: Home Network

    When I did NET USE 192.168.1.33, this was completed succesfully but twhen I added /user:username , it was not.

    I am not sure I know what the user and username should be. I created a user call testnet as recommended, and left the name as testnet, so i am inpuutting /testnet:testnet. Is this right?

    Many thanks for your help.


    Yes, I have many shared folders which were shared successfully when I was using the BT router.

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    Re: Home Network

    Sorry, I gave you an incomplete answer.

    When I did NET USE 192.168.1.33 from (192.168.1.99), this was completed successfully.

    When I did NET USE 192.168.1.99 from (192.168.1.33), I got the same error as before.

    When I add /testnet:testnet in either case, it tells me that the syntax is wrong.

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    Re: Home Network

    This is sounding better.
    I would expect /testnet:testnet to give you an error, this should have been /user:testnet

    Can you please confirm that when you are on Computer A (IP Address 192.168.1.99) you can now successfully map drives on Computer B, by using the IP Address instead of the name. (so call the computer 192.168.1.33 instead of ComputerB when you connect to it). This will at least give you a workaround while we continue to diagnose the problem.

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    Re: Home Network

    When I input NET USE 192.168.1.33 on computer A, I get the reply 'the command completed successfully'. Does this mean that I can successfully map drives on computer B? I still cannot see anything from XP.

    When I input NET USE 192.168.1.33 $IPC /user:testnet, I get a reply saying that 'Multiple connections to a server or a shared resource by the same user, using more than one name, are not allowed. Disconnect all previous connections to the server or shared resource and try again..

    I theh input NET USE * /DELETE (just guessing here!) which allowed me to cancel the connections.

    Now when I do NET USE 192.168.1.33 $IPC /user:testnet, I get the same reply as before - system error 53

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    Re: Home Network

    I'm not sure what I have done but file sharing is now working. I fiddled about (yet again) with the networkig wizard. I also gave the network a new name on both computers (even though they already had the same name), and lo and behold, each computer can see the other one's shared files.

    The NET USE command now works from computer B to computer A.

    But many many thanks for your help. It is very good of you folks to spend time dealing with us amateurs.

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    Re: Home Network

    <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15> <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> I'm glad you got it working anyhow!

    StuartR

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