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I have two computers running XP service pack 3 connected wirelessly to a adsl modem/router. They both access the internet without problems but I would like them to be networked to share files and printers. No matter how I try to set up a wireless network it never works. I have no trouble if I connect to the router with cables.

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  • vinnyt53 Mar 07, 2009

    I do not understand the previous advice.

  • vinnyt53 Mar 07, 2009

    My wireless ADSL2 modem/router is a D'Link-2740B (Rangebooster N) and my network adapters are D'Link DWA-547 (Rangebooster N). I had the same problems with previous wireless equipment and never did get it fixed. Iam running AVG Internet security on one computer and AVG Free antivirus on the other.

  • vinnyt53 Mar 07, 2009

    It's no use setting file sharing, the computers never find each other to share anything. They never connect in any way wirelessly. I have no trouble connecting and sharing if I use cables to the ethernet ports on router

  • vinnyt53 Mar 07, 2009

    I have checked all of the settings metioned except for manual setting of ip addresses, I will try this later.

  • vinnyt53 Mar 07, 2009

    I was already setting up my network correctly so it was starting to look like your advice was usless as everything worked fine with cables but when you mentioned firewalls I checked the settings again and there was one refering to my wireless network as unsafe. I changed it to safe and now it all works. I love to learn more about this stuff.
    Thanks,
    Vince.

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Go to control panel ->network connections ->lan .

Disable LAN connections.

And try for sharing .

Also Check for any virus in both systems . Sometimes virus blocks sharing of networks .




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Http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/setup/homenet.mspx
This link has the step by step instructions. If you need any further assistance let me know. Also please take a moment to accept and rate my solution accordingly.
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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Offhand, some checks that you could consider/try:

  • verify that both computers belong to the same Workgroup (Control Panel, System Properties, Computer Name);
  • verify that at least one folder on both computers is shared;
  • verify that
  • 'Automatically search for network folders and printers' is checked (Control Panel, Folder Options, View tab);
  • set the IP address manually/static.
Good luck and thank you for using FixYa.

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    Louie Role Mar 07, 2009

    Would appreciate an update on any developments at your convenience.

    Cheers.


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You have to turn on file sharing on both computers on the C drive drive or on specific folders on the c or d drives (if you have a 2nd hard drive.

If you want to share the whole drive then :-
Click on My Computer - then right click on the C orD drive - click on Sharing and Security, click OK - then on Network Sharing and Security tick Sharring and Security - then enter a share name (use a name that identifies this drive and computer). - click OK
Then go to Control Panel - right click on your Wireless Network Connection - tick File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks - click OK.
Repeat these steps for the other computer.

If you only want to share specific folders then go to the folder that you want to share and enable shareind on the folder/s only.

You will be able to see the drives or folders on the other computer by going to My Network Places.

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    Chris Hingee Mar 07, 2009

    The computers must be in the sameworkgroup.

    Configure the computers to have the same workgroup name.

    Go to Control Panel - System - Computer Name.

    Name each computer with a unique name and the same Workgroup name on both computers.

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Sounds like a firewall issue or security setting in the router.  If you are sharing the folders properly, then I don't see a problem with the computer itself......wait a second..i just remembered something..lol...make sure you go to your control panel and network connections and right click>disable your lan connections.  Lan take priority over wireless.  I remember I ran into that a few years back and that fixed the problem.  make sure you do it in both computers.

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  • Shadow1989 Mar 07, 2009

    BTW, by lan I meant the one for the hard wire.  The only one that should be enabled is your wireless conenction.

  • Shadow1989 Mar 07, 2009

    avg should not affect it.  I am running those on my computer with no problems filesharing.  Did you try disabling the ethernet port, not the wireless on, but the hard wired ones in both computers in the control panel?

  • Shadow1989 Mar 07, 2009

    also make sure you have file and print sharing services installed on the properties tab of both your wireless adapters.

  • Shadow1989 Mar 07, 2009

    and if you do the disable hard wire lan, make sure to shut down both computers and start 1 at a time.  wait untill the first one has a signal and then start the next.  sorry for the many comments, just trying to throw some ideas for you.

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Its simple.


Click the link and you would be able to read steps offered by Microsoft :-

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306126


Thanks.

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    taran_2005 Mar 07, 2009

    Make sure the firewall is allowing the networks.



    To be on a safe side for the time being, you may turn the firewall off on both computers if you have no idea to set the firewall for incoming and outgoing networks.



    Thanks.

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The router/ firewall is possibly blocking it. Whats the brand and model of your wireless router that both computers are connected to? whatkind of security your using also?

maybe we could look into this over remote support.

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  • Ekse Mar 07, 2009

    I have to say Shadow1989 may be right about the Lan, Disable your lan connection., I've had that before but didn't remember.

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You make workstation both of the computers. and check again

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