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Problems Networking 3 PCs with a router

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Villanz, Oct 24, 2004.

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  1. Villanz

    Villanz Thread Starter

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    Basically I have 3 PC's all connected to a router which is connected to the internet. Two of the PC's are on Win2000 and one is on WinME. The two Win2000 machines can connect to the internet no problem. But the WinME machine doesn't want to know.

    Also, how can I share files between these 3 computers? The user guide that came with the router is absolutely terrible.

    Any suggestions anyone?
     
  2. JohnWill

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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. Villanz

    Villanz Thread Starter

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    Thanks for that, johnwill. I think I'm getting somewhere now. Here's the new situation:

    - From the Win ME machine I can access files on one of the Win2k machines but its asking for a password for the other Win2K machine's files.

    - The two Win2K machines can access eachother, but cannot see the WinMe machine at all.

    Is there something i need to do on the WinMe machine to allow the others to see it?
     
  4. JohnWill

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    You need to have an account on each 2K machine with the same name/password as is used to logon to the ME machine. That will dispense with the password prompt.

    As far as not seeing the ME machine, do you have any resources actually shared on the machine? Do you have file and print sharing enabled?
     
  5. Villanz

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    I have got file and printer sharing enabled but I'm not sure how to set a folder/drive as shared on ME. On 2K I just right click on it and go to "sharing" but I can't do that on ME.
     
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