We have two computers in our family, a desktop and a laptop. Both connect to our DSL internet service through a Linksys wireless router; the laptop is wireless, and the desktop is connected to the router by an ethernet cable. Both computers run XP Home.
I’ve finally decided to get off my ass and try to network them, so that the person with the laptop can get access to certain files on the desktop, and so that, when our new printer arrives next week, both computers can see and use it.
The first thing i did was to follow the instructions on this page, but when i opened up the “My Network Places” folder on the laptop it didn’t see the desktop. I tried running the set-up wizard, and tried to get the laptop to connect to “Home” (the name i assigned to the workgroup), but it told me that it didn’t have permission to access Home.
I did a bunch of other Googling, and ran the Windows network troubleshooting thingy, but all to no avail.
My suspicion is that there’s some setting in the router that i need to change, because when i select Start > Run on the desktop and try to ping the laptop (ping 192.168.1.101) it times out without a response. I read the router manual, but nothing seemed to help.
Also, both computers have firewalls installed (Zone Alarm on one, Sygate on the other), and i’m guessing there might also need to be some settings changed there, but again i’m not sure what it might be. When i tried to netwrok the two computers, neither firewall gave any pop-up warnings.
If anyone has any advice, i’d certainly welcome it.