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Confused - need help wired Microsoft Broadband network

Discussion in 'Networking' started by cardlady47, May 5, 2006.

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  1. cardlady47

    cardlady47 Thread Starter

    Oct 31, 2004
    I have a Microsoft Broadband Router MN-100 wired ethernet. When I first connected it to my computer and wired and connected to my other computer all ran ok. I could access the other computer and the other could access the main computer. I had to disconnect when redoing the room the main computer is in and since then I have not been able to access the main computer from the other.
    I can access #2 on the network from the main computer but when I do before I can get into the files on #2 computer a window pops up saying "windows installer" and that has to run before I can access the files. Then when I click on a file I want to print, the window pops up again, and some kind of installation has to take place.
    When I click on the "network connections" on the main computer, the Microsoft Broadband router does not show up, just the LAN connection.
    I am totally confused....Oh I have updated the software for the Router and still no luck.
    should I just uninstall everything and start from the beginning?

    I forgot to mention that when I try to access the Gateway connection from the #2 computer it states that the application is not there. I checked and doubled checked and no firewalls are set up that would block access bu the log report still states that the WAN connection is blocked by #1 computer.
    Any help will be most appreciated.
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    I'm confused, since the router shouldn't show up in Network Connections.

    FWIW, if you've installed any software for the router, I'd start by uninstalling that. For a wired Ethernet router, you need no extra software, and using the manufacturer's software normally only causes problems.

    Here's some basic network debugging tips to run through once you get rid of the router installation software. :)

    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.
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