Solved: Not sure about using a firewall with My Network Places

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I am using My Network Places in order for my laptop to connect to my pc computer that has a printer attached to it. If I don't disable my firewalls on my PC, and when I try to click on "workgroup computers" in the My Network Places on my laptop, then my PC computer is not shown their. But when I disable all the firewalls on my PC, and I check the status of my PC from my laptop, my pc is then listed in My Network Places under "workgroup computers".

If I want to view the laptop computer on My Network Places through my PC, I can't connect to the laptop unless I disable the Windows Firewall on it. On both computers I am running Windows Firewall, but on the PC computer, I am also running Norton Firewall. In order for me to have a connection between both computers through My Network Places, I have all firewalls on both computers disabled.

Do I need to have Windows Firewall or any firewall disabled in order to have a connection between the two computers?

Is their any way to have a firewall running on both computers, and that both computers can maintain a Network connection between the two computers to share the printer?

Both systems, Windows XP Pro SP2.
 

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You certainly don't need a firewall to establish a connection, a firewall's primary purpose in life it to restrict connections, not allow them! :D
 

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If the Windows XP firewall is blocking you, you didn't properly enable file and printer sharing. Control Panel - Windows Firewall - on the General tab have 'On' selected and on the Exceptions tab make sure there is a check mark for 'file and printer sharing.'

You shouldn't have multiple firewalls running; they can cause you enough headaches w/o having them fighting each other in the background.

Norton and other 3rd party firewalls have to be properly configured to allow the LAN access you desire. I don't use them so I make no effort to read their user manuals or help files.
 

TerryNet

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Hey, John. Did ya maybe miss the word "disabled " in the question you answered? :) :)
 
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