I thought I would do a simple little wired networking project but, I guess there’s no such thing.
I’m trying to network two PC’s (one Win 7 and one XP) and a smart Blu-ray player. I don’t want the Win 7 machine and the Blu-ray player to have internet access, but I do want the XP machine to have dial-up via internal modem (no ICS).
The primary purpose of this network is to be a video media server. The Win 7 machine (juke box) will store the video files, the Blu-ray box will play them to my TV and the XP machine will rip new videos and load them to the juke box. In addition, the juke box and the player will run all the time and the XP machine will join the network only when there’s a new video file to be added.
I fired it off and have to say, it worked really great and I was congratulating myself on being a networking whiz when the devil reared his ugly head. If, for whatever reason, the Win 7 machine gets rebooted and the XP machine is not present, the network doesn’t come back properly then the Blu-ray player won’t find the jukebox. I concluded, this is because the XP machine is acting as the default gateway and is not available to assign a new IP address. Well, no problem, just manually assign the IP addresses but, that didn’t work either.
I’ve been a member of this forum for several years and have always been able to find what I needed by reading but this time I think I need a little help. Anyone have a suggestion?