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cannot connect to the same network with wired and wireless computers

Discussion in 'Networking' started by riverman10, Nov 2, 2012.

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  1. riverman10

    riverman10 Thread Starter

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    I have a dell desktop running windows vista that connects to my wireless router with a cable.
    I have an HP laptop that is running windows 7 that is wireless.
    When I look at network computers on the dell I get an error message that says that the computer is not accessible. The same thing happens when I try to log onto the desktop from the laptop.
    When I try to run the network wizard from the desktop, I see see connect to the internet, connect to a wireless router or access point, setup a dialup connection and connect to a workplace.
    None of them make sense but I tried connect to a wireless router and got a message that said to set it up manually or set up a flash drive, neither of which makes sense. I tried set it up manually and all that happened is the router setup screen opened up.
    I tried the same thing on the laptop and the setup the network wizard opened a screen that said choose a wireless router or access point to configure, but nothing ever showed up on that screen.
    I hate to knock windows but this all seems unnecessairly complicated. It can't be that odd to have wired and wireless computers on the same network.
     
  2. etaf

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    sorry, not clear if your issue is connecting those pcs to the internet or if you are trying to share the computers across your network

    do both pcs work on the internet OK ?

    if sharing
    Here’s how you can get your Windows 7 PC to share printers and files with XP and Vista PCs--and even a Mac
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/184232/set_up_your_home_network_windows_7_edition.html
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/12246/share-a-printer-on-your-network-from-vista-or-xp-to-windows-7/

    Share files between windows 7 and vista
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/9040/how-to-share-files-and-printers-between-windows-7-and-vista/

    Here’s how you can get your Windows 7 PC to share printers and files with XP and Vista PCs--and even a Mac.
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/184232/set_up_your_home_network_windows_7_edition.html

    Complete Guide to Networking Windows 7 with XP and Vista
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/15247/complete-guide-to-networking-windows-7-with-xp-and-vista/

    if you are trying to get on the internet
    can we see an ipconfig /all from both pcs - make sure we know which is which
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    ipconfig /all
    If you cannot access the internet with this PC, then you will need to paste the results into something like notepad and then copy onto a machine that can access the internet and post the results in a reply here.
    Save the file to a USB flash drive or other removable media. Plug it into the working computer with internet access and copy the file and paste here.

    We would like to see the results from an ipconfig /all - post back the results in a reply here.

    This should also work for windows 8
    Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD then press Enter to open a command prompt box
    (A new dialogue box - black with white font, will appear on screen ):

    In the command prompt window that opens, type the following command:

    Note that there is a space before the /ALL, but there is NOT a space after the / in the following command.

    ipconfig /all > network.txt & network.txt

    It will export the results into notepad and then automatically open the notepad and display on your screen.

    Now all you need to do is copy and paste those results into a reply here
    to do that:
    From the notepad menu - choose Edit - Select all
    all the text will now be highlighted
    Next
    From the notepad menu - choose Edit - Copy

    Now go back to the forum - goto the reply and then right click in the reply box and paste the results.
    The results from the notepad should now appear in the forum reply.
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  3. TerryNet

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    Have you enabled file sharing on both PCs?

    Vista insists that at least one user account be password protected before it will file share.

    Non-Windows firewalls have to be uninstalled or properly configured for file sharing.
     
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