Small Home Network

  dogbreath1 20:55 25 Mar 08

I'm trying to network three home computers [A], [B] & [C] to share files and a printer.

[A] = XP Home PC connected by ethernet to wireless router and to Printer by USB.
[B] = XP Home PC connected wirelessly to same router
[C] = Vista Home Prem. Laptop connected wirelessly to same router.

So far:-

[A] can 'see' [B] & [C] and can share their files.
[C] can 'see' [A] & [B], can share their files and can use the printer.
[B] can 'see' [C] and can share those files. However, [B] can 'see' [A], but cannot 'see' or access shared files or the printer.

On machine [B], double clicking the icon for [A] in My Network Places>View Workgroup Computers, results in a prompt for a password.

The machines have the Guest Account enabled, the Network Wizard has been run on them all but I can't get over this (hopefully) last hurdle.

Help most welcome.



  sunny staines 20:59 25 Mar 08

just had a similar problem yesterday, it was a corrupted dll in norton security had to reinstall it.

try reinstall of your AV / firewall.

i was going round in circles running the network wizard and permissions re shared folders etc.

  dogbreath1 21:07 25 Mar 08

Thanks for that. Out of interest, which was the problem machine, was it [A], [B] or [C], if you see what I mean?!

I'll then give it a try and post back.



  sunny staines 21:31 25 Mar 08

click here

this was my post.

the pc could access the wi fi laptop. but the laptop could see the pc and its folders but could not access the files in the folders.
even with the firewall/av disabled still had the problem. installed them then access was ok. re installed and all ok. not sure what caused it. i have since run ccleaner, eusing reg cleaner, iobit awc3 beta 1.1 and it still works suspect was glary utilities which took away the shares on the folders after a database update.

  sunny staines 21:32 25 Mar 08

should read unistalled the firewall / AV and all was ok

  dogbreath1 22:44 25 Mar 08

Have just reinstalled AV (Avast) but the problem remains.

On machine [B], double clicking the icon for [A] in My Network Places>View Workgroup Computers, results in a prompt for a password.

Thanks for your help so far.



  dogbreath1 19:03 26 Mar 08

One last bump just in case a network wizard walks by! ;

  MAJ 19:07 26 Mar 08

Enter the PCs IP Addresses into each others Trusted Zone in your firewall software.

  dogbreath1 19:22 26 Mar 08

Thanks MAJ (Tony?). Have got ZoneAlarm installed on all three machines with 'MSHOME' placed in the 'Trusted Zone' using the IP address range - That OK?

  MAJ 20:07 26 Mar 08

Hi dogbreath1, yes Tony is correct. The IP range should be okay, I just use individual IP Addresses as I only have two PCs in the network.

  woodchip 20:13 26 Mar 08

Have you run the Network Wizard in the Control Panel on one of the XP computer. I would first do it on the one with printers connected. Turn on all Computers and Printers before running the above

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