Network - Please help me before i commit suicide!

  Peter C 17:45 01 Jan 04

lol - i wont really commit suicide!

right, here's my problem.

i've got 2 PCs.

1 upstairs, 1 downstairs.

Both are Windows XP computers.

I've got a Switch/Hub (thing) on my landing.

A cable coming from the box to the upstairs computer.

A cable coming from the box to the downstairs computer.

Now i want them to 'talk to each other' so i can access the hard-drives from each other, and connect to the internet with the upstairs computer (through the aol broadband connection which the downstairs computer is onto).

So what do i do? Cuz i can't for the life of me get them to see each other.

All cables are in, and working.
The Switch/Hub is working.
When you go into Windows Explorer, and double click MS HOME (the name of the network on BOTH computers) the upstairs computer comes up on screen when upstairs and vice versa for downstairs.

Help me. boo hoo.

  spikeychris 17:48 01 Jan 04

XP Home or Pro?

  Peter C 18:23 01 Jan 04

XP Home mate.

  powerless 18:50 01 Jan 04

Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\Communications\Network Setup Wizard

To share the actual hard drives you will have to share the root.

Right click on your C Hard drive (or whatever HDD you want to share).

Properties, Sharing tab.

Click the blue bit "If you understand the risk..."

Then tick "Share this folder on the network"...

Click OK.

Jobs a good'un.

  LastChip 20:40 01 Jan 04

Use this click here

Read the help file with it, but it's pretty easy to set up!

  ktheed1 21:23 01 Jan 04

£17.99 set-up fee

then about £18 a month for 512k but i always connect at 576kbps

shame your in the contract

  Peter C 21:00 02 Jan 04


had it out for ages on helpline with aol.

just not possible without forkin out the extra money for a 'reuter' and aol only suppor ONE in the world and therefore will ONLY help you set it up with that ONE!

disgusting imo!

in fact, i'm gonna make a thread about it and moan like hell!

  LastChip 21:32 02 Jan 04

Have you tried the program (proxy server) I gave you a link to?

This should overcome your problem.

Simply install the proxy server to the machine directly connected to the net, and point your second machine to the server!

If you need more information, please ask, but it's all in the attached readme.

  A15 21:44 02 Jan 04

In my opinion there all the same! I am with NTL broadband. Good as it is, they will not support networking. If I get a problem I am told I am on my own because I use a router.

I usually manage to persuade them to help in the end though! If you do get a router it will take care of all your networking & share your broadband independently of your computers. I used to mess around with ICS, Proxy & hubs but in the end gave it all up for a router. It was the best move I ever made, certainly one of the best £60 I have ever spent!

If you can get a router, & they are cheaper than £60 now, then it is worth doing & saves a lot of hassle!

  LastChip 12:23 03 Jan 04

Have you ended up with a little Green (or Red) icon on your task bar?

If you Right Click it, what does it have in the box Proxy Binding?

For the moment, if you have a firewall running (even XP's own) disable it.

  LastChip 12:25 03 Jan 04

Second line should have read Right Click and select Configure.

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