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Solved: Wireless Computer Network with Vista & XP?

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  1. orionrbm

    orionrbm Thread Starter

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    I just got a Dell Wireless Computer with Vista. I have also a Dell Computer with XP. They are both joined to the Internet with a Belkin Router. I would like to be able to join them so I don't have to move files from the XP to the Vista computer. I am not very experienced with computers and have tried to do this with poor instructions from other websites. Is there a way to get step by step instructions that aren't so complicated? Thank you.
     
  2. pedroguy

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    Welcome to TSG.
    Here is a link to a pretty complete tutorial on that subject
    http://networking.nitecruzr.net/2006/12/windows-xp-and-vista-on-lan-together.html
    And A TSG homegrown guide.
    Network XP and LAn with generic networking tips,courtesy of Johnwill,Networking Forum..




    Also, here's some generic networking tips for all 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.

    Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD to open a command prompt.

    In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following commands:

    PING each remote computer by IP address, and if successful, PING by name. Open a command prompt as described above and type.

    PING <ip address>
    or
    PING <computer name>

    Where:
    <ip address> - is the x.x.x.x IP address
    <computer name> - is the computer name

    A failure to PING is almost always a firewall configuration issue. Any failure to PING needs to be corrected before you go any farther.

    Note: You can obtain the IP address and computer name of a computer by opening a command prompt (DOS window) and typing IPCONFIG /ALL. This should work for any Windows version. The IPCONFIG /ALL display will provide a wealth of useful information for debugging your network connection.

    Check your Services are Started on all PCs:
    &#8226; COM+ Event System (for WZC issues)
    &#8226; Computer Browser
    &#8226; DHCP Client
    &#8226; DNS Client
    &#8226; Network Connections
    &#8226; Network Location Awareness
    &#8226; Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
    &#8226; Server
    &#8226; TCP/IP Netbios helper
    &#8226; Wireless Zero Configuration (XP wireless configurations)
    &#8226; WLAN AutoConfig (Vista wireless configurations)
    &#8226; Workstation

    Note: You can check the services in Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services.

    All of these services should be started, and their startup type should be automatic.

    If a service is not running, open it's properties and check the dependencies. Check each of the dependencies and see which one is preventing the service from running. Checking the event log is also a good idea here, there may be clues to what is failing.


    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 Places (Network and Sharing Center in Vista), make sure the computer being accessed has an account with the same name/password as the system connecting to it uses to login. NOTE: Vista's default is to require a password on the account to enable file/print sharing.

    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. You can open a command prompt as described above and type the following command: nbtstat -n. This will display the status of NetBIOS or indicate it's
     
  3. orionrbm

    orionrbm Thread Starter

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    TechGuy, I have done everything except one computer needs to get the same workgroup name as the other. How do I do this? Once done how do I check to see if I can access files on the XP computer?
     
  4. pedroguy

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    In XP:
    Control panel/system/computer name.
    You can change not only computer name but also workgroup.
    Since I do not have Vista,I assumed that would be covered in the link tutorial that I referenced.
    If not,I'm sure that a Vista knowledgeable tech will give some guidance
    Accessing files:
    Firstly,try the pings rerferenced above just to see if you can ping pc A from PC B and visa versa.

    Viewing files:Again from an XP perspective:
    My network places,should show shared files and
    View workgroup computers will show you shared resources like printers etc.
     
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    orionrbm Thread Starter

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    How do I ping my computer to see if computer a is connected to computer b?
     
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    orionrbm Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the info on renaming workgroup,
     
  8. pedroguy

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    From post #2
    Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD to open a command prompt.You will do this on both pcs
    Take down the ip address of each computer.Then from a's ip address ping b's and visa versa.

    Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD to open a command prompt.

    In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following commands:

    PING each remote computer by IP address, and if successful, PING by name. Open a command prompt as described above and type.

    PING <ip address>
    or
    PING <computer name>

    Where:
    <ip address> - is the x.x.x.x IP address
    <computer name> - is the computer name

    In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following commands:

    PING each remote computer by IP address, and if successful, PING by name. Open a command prompt as described above and type.

    PING <ip address>
    or
    PING <computer name>

    Where:
    <ip address> - is the x.x.x.x IP address
    <computer name> - is the computer name
     
  9. orionrbm

    orionrbm Thread Starter

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    If I ping address I get reply info. But I can't get any reply with the computer name?
     
  10. pedroguy

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    Just to be sure,let's look at services.

    Check your Services are Started on all PCs:
    &#8226; COM+ Event System (for WZC issues)
    &#8226; Computer Browser
    &#8226; DHCP Client
    &#8226; DNS Client
    &#8226; Network Connections
    &#8226; Network Location Awareness
    &#8226; Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
    &#8226; Server
    &#8226; TCP/IP Netbios helper
    &#8226; Wireless Zero Configuration (XP wireless configurations)
    &#8226; WLAN AutoConfig (Vista wireless configurations)
    &#8226; Workstation

    Note: You can check the services in Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services.
     
  11. JohnWill

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    We need to see this for each machine.


    Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD to open a command prompt:

    In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following commands, one at a time, followed by the Enter key:

    Note that there is a space before the -n or the /ALL, but there is NOT a space after the - or / in the following commands.

    NBTSTAT -n

    IPCONFIG /ALL

    Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter to copy the contents to the clipboard.
    Paste the results in a message here.

    If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB disk, or a CD-RW disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.
     
  12. orionrbm

    orionrbm Thread Starter

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    I am able to ping both computers. Now how do I access tbe files on the XP computer. Thanks for your patience and help.
     
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    orionrbm Thread Starter

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    Thank you very much. I am able to share folders with both computers.
     
  15. pedroguy

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    Great.You can mark your thread solved,using button in upper left.
     
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