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Wifi as Laptop to PC Hub?

I was told I could use my wifi router as a hub to allow my laptop to see my pc but this isn't working. My pc is hooked up to my sbc router and wifi, and is working perfectly. My laptop has wifi and again works perfectly. I was told I could log onto my pc using the \192.168.0.2 (as in my case). I get the error that it cannot be found. Thanks for any help!

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  • jclovesus Dec 17, 2007

    Thank you for taking the time to ask these questions. I will do my best to answer them.



    Yes both my PC and laptop work with the internet. When I configured my setup I didn't enter any IP address, at least I do not remember. I believe all of this was done for me. The 192.168.0.2 is for my PC, 0.1 is my wifi, and 0.3 is my laptop.



    Are your PC and Laptop a windows computers? YES ALL WINXP.

    Which version Windows XP? SORRY I WILL HAVE TO CHECK.

    If Windows XP
    Do you know if you are using windows firewall? NOT USING WIN BUT MCAFEE.

    If so did you set the firewall to allow file and printer sharing? NOT AWARE OF THIS...IS THIS WHAT WILL ALLOW MY LAPTOP TO SEE MY PC? WILL INVESTIGATE.



    Do you run an internet security program or firewall program on your computer? MCAFEE
    What is it's name

    Do you know if it has a firewall? YES
    IF you know it has a firewall
    was it enabled to allow File and Printer Sharing? NOT AWARE OF THIS BUT WILL INVESTIGATE.



    When sharing files like this security of the wireless connection becomes more critical. Do you want to discuss securing your wireless connection? I DO HAVE IT ENCRYPTED, IS THIS THE SAME THING?



    I hope that helps. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!

  • sjk64 Dec 21, 2007

    trying to load Netgear wizzard for 108mbps WGT624 wireless router> Even though I am on the internet, wizzard states that it cannot detect the internet. I have McAffee Security on my computer & have disabled the firewall, still no go...any suggestions? Sean

  • jclovesus Dec 23, 2007

    Thank you for your help! I went ahead and set up File Sharing as suggested, and then had to add in my PC's IP address into McAfee on my Laptop, and all worked then. My only other question is with File Sharing turned on does this compromise any security at all? Either way now my Laptop and my PC can talk through my Wifi. Thank you very much.

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This is not a solution and is not deserving of a rating (yet anyway) -- please wait to rate this until a solution is provided.

A few questions before attempting an answer please confirm or explain if your network and computer systems do or do not match the following (please indicate that you do not know to any items where it is appropriate and I will try to provide instructions to determine the answer) You are the eyes and hands of this team and all I know about your systems is what you report here. A successful resolution of this issue will require both of us.

If both your PC and your laptop work with the internet indicate they do in your response and skip down to the question about the static IP assignment to your PC of the 192.168.0.2 address and continue from there.

First in terms of wiring starting at a phone jack
Does the phone jack (where you would plug in a phone) connect to the SBC Modem (possibly through a splitter)?
Does the SBC Modem connect with an ethernet cable to the
Router?
via the WAN port or
one of the (probably) 4 LAN ports?
Is your PC connected to one of the Lan ports or is it wireless? from your message it appears to be wireless.
Your laptop appears to be connected wirelessly does it work
with the internet?

When you configured the IP address of your desktop PC did you enter a static IP Address for the either the wireless adapter or the wired connection of 192.168.0.2? Please indicate which adapter you configured with this address if you did so.

(please answer separately all of the below for each computer
your PC and your laptop)
Are your PC and Laptop a windows computers?
Which version Windows XP?
If Windows XP
Do you know if you are using windows firewall?
If so did you set the firewall to allow file and printer sharing?

Do you run an internet security program or firewall program on your computer?
What is it's name
Do you know if it has a firewall?
IF you know it has a firewall
was it enabled to allow File and Printer Sharing?

When sharing files like this security of the wireless connection becomes more critical. Do you want to discuss securing your wireless connection?

I know this was a lot of questions but there can be numerous reasons for the problem you described and these answers will eliminate some issues and highlight others for review.

Posted on Dec 14, 2007

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  • david Dec 17, 2007

    Boy do you have the answers --



    Yes encryption is the mechanism that implements wireless security you appear to be covered.



    In terms of file sharing and firewalls - (protecting ports) -- if the PC will share it files with the laptop but the laptop is not going to have a folder of files to share with the PC only the PC needs file sharing enabled and the appropriate ports open. Warning I believe XP has a shared folder (I believe supporting anonymous read access by default) once file sharing is enabled for the machine -- you may wish to investigate that too.



    Turning on file printer and sharing (part of the network configuration that may be done - the reason it may not work is probably the firewall setting) has some risks such as the preconfigured shared files folder above. Shares you create and files in them could be accessible which is why I like the share password protected but I have not figured how to do that with windows XP yet for each specific user I want to have access.



    Once you have the target shared folder and firewall configured correctly. Based on the addressing you stated creating a new network connection on the laptop pointed at the pc would appear as follows



    (PC computername) should be replaced with the PC's Computer Name) and

    (share name on PC) should be replace with the share name you assigned on the PC

    (please ignore link it's the editor)



    \\192.168.0.1\(share
    name on pc) sometimes

    \\(PC computername)\(share name on PC)



    with the appropriate userid and password, if required (I believe it should be just in case). Is the step that allows the laptop to access the PC's files



    I will respond again if I can determine how to secure a shared folder in Windows XP which may be limited to certain versions. I I will also include how to make one then too.

  • david Dec 17, 2007

    Found it.



    The link indicates that Windows XP defaults to simple sharing -- which is the only options for Windows XP Home and further explains how to turn on the world I know in Windows XP Professional.



    You will not need to understand this but if you do it will not hurt.



    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307874



    Right mouse click on My Computer (may be in the menu) and select properties. I need you to tell me what is says on the general tab after System: it will identify your version of windows.

  • david Dec 24, 2007

    Yes XP defaults to simple file sharing you share with anyone that can access your computer. At a minimum I would put WEP encryption on the router and the network adapter for the wireless computer to prevent sharing with your neighbors or people with laptop on the street. If you are in an apartment -- even worse.

  • david Dec 24, 2007

    sjk64 -- are you on the internet using the router you are attempting to configure?? Is this a second router attached by its WAN port to the one you are trying to do the configuration from. I believe routers expect to be configured from their lan side ports including possibly wireless in some cases. Most routers are setup to reject remote configuration from the factory which I would consider to be the WAN side of the router where you may be attached at the present time.

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