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Home Network LAN issue, really need help!

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#1 xrayguy


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Posted 12 March 2005 - 05:17 PM

Hello all.. I really need help here... I have the following home based network:

Cable Modem and Netgear WGR614 Wireless G Router (latest firmware)
Tower PC, wired to router
Laptop PC, wireless G to router

Both computers running Windows XP SP2 with all firewalls (both windows and software firewall) disabled. Both NICs running TCP/IP with "Printer and File Sharing" and "Client for Microsoft Networks"

PROBLEM: I cant get the 2 computers to recognize each other on the LAN. The computers will not show up in network neighborhood nor can I connect to a printer through the LAN.

Both computers can access the internet just fine. Both computers can ping the router IP ( just fine. Both computers can surf internet and ping the internet with no problem. The computers can NOT ping each other (Request timed out). Both computers have a valid subnet LAN IP ( and

Router is setup for automatic DHCP. Both computers have the same WORKGROUP name and same subnet mask ( Ive really tried everything I can think of with absolutely no result. I dont know if i have a windows config issue or a router config issue or both...

Please help if you can!!

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#2 xrayguy

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 09:45 PM

Hello again...

I solved the problem, it was my firewall software (SHAW Secure by F-Secure) after all. I had taken the antivirus and firewall software out of my startup. When the computer booted up, there was no icon on the task bar so I assumed that the program was not running. By fluke, I was checking to see if a different service was running via START>Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Services. I just happened to notice several "F-Secure" services running. I was surprised because, as I had mentioned before, I had "disabled" the antivirus/firewall from loading so I assumed it was not in memory. I reloaded the security software and disabled the firewall from within the software itself. As soon as I did this, the computers became pingable and appeared as network resources.

So, another word for the wise: If you have taken your antivirus/firewall program out of your "startup" folder/list, dont assume it is disabled or not running! Check active services to ensure that it has been unloaded from memory!

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