home networking nightmare

  pcgal 15:41 29 Jan 03
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Hi, Ive attempted to setup my home network which is basically 2 computers plugged together via onboard ethernet adapter( crossover cable). I've done ok so far considering my limited pc knowledge and so far I can share files and share the 1 printer if my firewalls are switched off.I can't access the internet with the secondary computer via the host. Also do I need a firewall on both pc's? I have tried to configure the firewalls by ticking "sharefiles with other computers" but still no good and after ticking the share files on the host I did a quick security scan at click here which informs me my netbios is now vulnerable and some ports are wide open. I have xp professional on both computers running mcafee antivirus/firewall..pcgalxx

  MartinT-B 16:09 29 Jan 03

AHA!

There is a BRILLIANT "all you ever wanted to know about networks, but didn't dare ask site"

It's called World Of Windows Networking (WOWN) - put together by a German chap who seems to know his stuff.

click here

This is his blurb...

I am a native German, living now for 15 years in Brussels/Belgium, working in the European Headquarter (in Zaventem) of

(click here), a wholly own subsidiary of Gerber Scientific



As part of my job, I have gained some experience in Windows95 Networking and trouble-shooting. But nobody knows everything, so I am also a regular visitor on the Internet Newsgroups.


Hoping myself to get answer on my questions, I started to answer on question posted by others. But to avoid to have to type again-and-again the same answers (and some answers can be quite lengthy), I decided to put some hints and procedures up on my website
I would really appreciate to get some info from you, how you found my
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  MartinT-B 16:11 29 Jan 03

PS

He started in W95 - his site covers all Windows OS's incl MS-DOS

  MartinT-B 16:18 29 Jan 03

Looking through his site - it seems you might need to assign each pc a name AND an IP number - not one that will be used on the net, there are reserved IP's for home use.

He has an example of how to use XP prof with Zone Alarm - so that might help you.

  scotty 16:52 29 Jan 03

I remember reaching a similar level of success with my network - working except for ICS (Internet Connection Sharing).

ICS must be installed on one of the PCs.

Do not assign fixed IP addresses to both PCs. Try having a fixed IP address on the PC with the internet connection and configure so the other PC is given an IP address by the first. (This arrangement also resulted in a much quicker recognition of the network)

I use Zone Alarm and have it running on both computers.

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