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Discussion in 'Networking' started by BagelAnne, Feb 16, 2005.

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  1. BagelAnne

    BagelAnne Thread Starter

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    I am still trying to network my this small business and I am a networking dummy.
    After much trial and error I have networked 3 computers together on the OLD side of the building. These three are connected through a hub. Two are win98 and the one attached to a dial-up internet sevice is winXP. All is well there.

    On the other side of the building is one winXP machine and an attached printer. This is a NEW construction and is wired to allow for 5 nodes (only one is being used this far.
    This NEW LAN is linked with a switch, which is attached by cable to the hub in the OLD side.

    The good news is that the NEW bldg computer is now able to connect to the internet through the XP machine in the OLD bldg and I have been able to update all its software via this connection.

    The problem is that the NEW bldg computer does not show any other workstations on the network, not even the one it uses to get on the internet.
    It doesn't seen to be able to share printers or files in either direction.
    The OLD side does not show the NEW bldg machine in its network neighborhood either.

    The NEW bldg machine does not have firewall enabled.

    I am stumped. Any ideas from you experts? Please!
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    All machines are must be in the same subnet, i.e. 192.168.0.x where x is any number. The subnet mask should be 255.255.255.0 for most small networks.

    Turn off any firewalls for debugging. If the firewall is the problem, you'll have to configure it to allow access to "trusted zone" addresses. Note that some firewalls must be completely uninstalled to stop them from affecting your networking.

    PING each computer by IP address, and if successful, PING by name. You can obtain the IP address of a computer by opening a command prompt (DOS window) and typing IPCONFIG. This should work for any Windows version.

    All computers should be in the same workgroup for computer browsing to function properly. File & Print Sharing has to be enabled on any computer you wish to share files or printers from. You also need to actually share the resource in question from My Computer, right click on the drive/printer/folder, and select sharing.

    If you encounter difficulties accessing computers that are visible in Network Neighborhood, make sure the computer being accessed has an account with the same name/password as the system connecting to it uses to login.

    While the default NetBIOS setting is correct for normal network configurations, it's possible for it to be altered, and it costs nothing to make sure it's correct. NETBIOS over TCP/IP must be enabled for normal network browsing.
     
  3. BagelAnne

    BagelAnne Thread Starter

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    Would you believe that after days of troubleshooting, I found that someone unplugged the switch!
     
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