Solved: Completely unable to access my laptop from my network

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PrivateDonut

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Before I get to the problem...both of these computers are on a wireless network connected to a D-Link WBR 2310 router. Both computers can connect to the internet without issue.

I'm having a major problem communicating with my laptop from my desktop. I used to be able to share files between the computers via a shared folder on either computer. Recently, I have not been able to see the laptop from the desktop or vice versa. When I try to ping the other laptop, it times out. Same story from the desktop.

Yesterday I dl'ed an ftp server and installed it on the laptop. Even with that running, I cannot connect to the laptop from my desktop (using SmartFTP). I had to dig out a wired switch and hook up both computers to it in order to share files between them (and while Im doing this neither can access the internet...for some reason Windows doesn't allow you to use two separate network adapters simultaneously?)

Anyway, this is really getting on my nerves. Every time I need to transfer files between the two machines (which is often) I have to get into the jungle of wires back there and plug it in, sacrificing my fan while the files transfer.

Any ideas?

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Failure to ping is almost always a firewall issue. You must have installed some firewall product, or reconfigured and existing one. You need to solve that issue first.
 

PrivateDonut

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JohnWill said:
Failure to ping is almost always a firewall issue. You must have installed some firewall product, or reconfigured and existing one. You need to solve that issue first.
I disabled the firewalls on both computers (Both using Windows Firewall). I am now able to ping the desktop from the laptop, but still cannot see the laptop from the desktop.

Edit: Scratch that. As of the moment I posted, I seem to be able to ping the laptop again. Will I have to run both computers without a firewall now?
 
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