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pupaden

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hello to the forum i am useing a netgear DG834G router on 3 pcs two are by wire and the other by wireless usb adapter all are working fine and online i would like to link these together so i may exchange files ect from one pc to the other can you please tell me what i would need to do to do this many thanks pup
 

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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.
 
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If you can't ping, for troubleshooting purposes, not only turn off XP's firewall but completely uninstall any other firewall software. Too many times people think they have it configured correctly or disabled when it really hasn't. Wound up wasting a lot of time trying to reconfigure the network when the problem was the firewall. You can always add more complexity after you get it working.

If you get past the pinging tests, you also need to:

1. Share either some directories or printers
2. With XP you need to create the same user names and passwords that are logging into the other computers. With XP Pro, the default setting is to require a password for network access.

More details about how to network XP can be found at:
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/networking/xp_network.htm

If you have Win98 computers, apply the registry edit to fix the browsing delay from XP to Win9x computers
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/windowsxp_tips.htm#browsing_delay.
 
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