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Can't connect to other computers on Win2k network

Discussion in 'Networking' started by seanclare, Apr 9, 2004.

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  1. seanclare

    seanclare Thread Starter

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    I'm using a Windows 2000 network on three computers: two laptops and a disktop. The laptops are connected via a wireless access point to an ethernet router that is connected to the desktop and the internet. The desktop can see the NetBios names of the laptops in the workgroup but when I try to access one of them I get a "\\Laptop1 is not accessable" error message. If I try to connect with the IP address 192.168.0.x I can connect with no problem. Also I can ping the IP address but not the NetBios name. The laptops can see and access shared files on the desktop but not with eachother.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. skinnywhiteboy

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    Do you have the same user names and passwords on each machine? Also, you can try altering the HOSTS file. It's located at:

    C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\ETC\
     
  3. Cwolly

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    It sounds like a wireless "hidden node" problem. This happens when there is wireless interference or large amounts of collisions on a wireless network. Have you had both laptops in the same room, and then try to trade files? The problem may be that because they are both wireless that one cannot see the other, which is common on a wireless network and can be remedied by moving one laptop to another location.
    Good luck,
    Cwolly
     
  4. seanclare

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    I didn't have NetBios installed on the laptops. DUH!
     
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