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XP Home Network Question

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Swede109, Jan 27, 2007.

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  1. Swede109

    Swede109 Thread Starter

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    Hello
    I’m trying to complete a wire network installation at my home with three desktop computers all running XP Home.

    Cisco DSL modem and a Linksys router.

    The problem is;
    When I go to My Network Places, at any one computer I can only see ONE other computers’ shared folder. When I am at computer A for example, I should be able to see TWO shared folders. I should see a Shared Folder for computer B and one for computer C. But I can only see ONE other Shared Folder. IF I am at Computer C, I can only see computer A’s Shared Folder. If I’m at computer B, I can only see computer C’s Shared Folder, etc.
    What I have done so far;

    Tested continuity on Ethernet connections – good.
    Ran ipconfig on all computers and recorded IP data in Internet Protocal properties. DNS Servers are filled in.
    Network card drivers are up to date.
    McAfee VC ver 9.99, under Manage Network enabled admin rights to all computers.

    With windows firewall on, and off, ran Network Wizard on all three computers. Selecting;
    “This computer connects to the Internet directly or through a network hub. Other computers on my network also connect to the Internet directly or through a hub.”

    Network name is the same on all computers.

    Turn on file and printer sharing is selected.

    Opened Explore and found Shared Documents on all computers and enabled sharing and selected;
    Share this folder on the network

    Allow network users to change my files
    (There is no Permissions tab in XP Home)

    Help and Support Center;
    Use TOOLS to view your computer information and diagnose problems.
    Selected Network Diagnosis. Scan Passed.

    All three computers successfully share one printer.

    So again why can I not see the two other computers Shared Folders on any one of the networked computers?

    Thanks so much for the help.:)
     
  2. daddyhominum

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    For each machine:
    windows explorer>C;\(or?) >My Computer> Shared documents> right click propertie>sharing tab> check both boxes
     
  3. TerryNet

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    Make a matrix of what of the following works among A, B and C. With 3 tests and 3 computers you should get up to 18 entries.

    To open a Command Window: Start - Run – cmd (command in 98SE) - OK

    To determine a computer's IP address: open a Command Window and type
    ipconfig /all

    Now for some troubleshooting:

    1. On each PC open a Command window and type
    ping IPofOther (where IPofOther is the IP address of the other PC)

    Do you get Replies, or do you get packets lost?

    If you got Replies,

    2. Do the same ping except use the Computer Name of the other computer:
    ping NameOfOtherPC

    Replies or lost packets?

    If you got Replies to either or both,

    3. Then
    Start - Run - \\IPofOther - OK

    With luck after about a minute you should get an explorer window showing the other PC's shares. If not, what is the error message?
     
  4. Swede109

    Swede109 Thread Starter

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    daddyhominum
    Hi.. Yes that was done on all three machines. :)

    TerryNet
    Ok give me a while to do that and I'll get back asap.. thanks
     
  5. Swede109

    Swede109 Thread Starter

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    Ok here goes..
    Interesting test. I’ve heard of doing this but never actually performed this.

    Computer [A].. Name ‘randy’
    Computer .. Name ‘debbie’
    Computer [C].. Name ‘cheryl’

    Ping IPs

    Sitting at computer A
    Ping computer B… Ok got packets
    Ping computer C… Timeout

    Sitting at computer B
    Ping computer A…Timeout
    Ping computer C…Timeout

    Sitting at computer C
    Ping computer A…Timeout
    Ping computer B… OK got packets

    Ping Names

    Sitting at randy
    Ping ‘cheryl’…. Timeout
    Ping ‘debbie’….Ok got packets

    Sitting at Debbie
    Ping ‘randy’…Timeout
    Ping ‘cheryl’…Timeout

    Sitting at cheryl
    Ping ‘randy’….Timeout
    Ping ‘debbie’…Ok got packets

    RUN \\ IPs

    Sitting at A
    Run IP for B…Connected Ok
    Run IP for C… Error: The Network path is not found.

    Sitting at B
    Run IP for A…Error: The Network path is not found.
    Run IP for C…Error: The Network path is not found.

    Sitting at C
    Run IP for A…Error: The Network path is not found.
    Run IP for B…Connected Ok

    I also did a Search for computers and all the computers were found.
    Sitting at A searched for B and C. etc..

    Checked DHCP in the router and all is Ok.
     
  6. TerryNet

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    Good job of organizing and reporting the results!

    99% probability that A and C have 3rd party firewalls blocking access. (When ping by IP address fails, no need to go any further with the 3 tests.)

    Firewalls have to be disabled, uninstalled or properly configured for LAN access. Sometimes disabling doesn't work. Sometimes they don't get completely uninstalled and some of the providers have tools or instructions on their web sites to cleanup the uninstall.
     
  7. Swede109

    Swede109 Thread Starter

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    Ok, Hmm.. Well what specific ones would we be looking at?
    Other than McAfee I don't know what firewalls these computers would have been exposed to..
    So I should be looking closer at McAfee then?
    Thanks a bunch for the help
     
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