Problem: The remote pc on the network is unable to access the primary PC shared documents folder and printer.
primary computer(lan): Dell
remote computer (wlan): micron
router (residential gateway): Airlink
Both PCs obtain IP address and DNS Server address automatically. Both have DHCP enabled.. Both have Windows Firewall on and both allow exceptions for file and print sharing. Neither have any advanced settings in Services or ICMP checked.
The primary computer with XP Pro has “use simple file sharing (recommended)” unchecked. Was on previously. Changing setting had no impact (even after reboot).
Previously ran the Network Setup Wizard on both computers. The Dell has full access to the shared documents folder on the micron. The Micron cannot see the shared documents folder on the Dell (cannot access the dell other than ping)
Selecting the primary computer Network Places, then Local Network displays: the Residential Gateway icon plus icons for Shared Docs on dell(Home) and Shared Docs on micron (Home-micron). Properties for the dell shared docs show a target: c:\documents and settings\all users\documents. Properties for the micron shared docs shows a target: \\Home-micron\shareddocs.
Selecting the remote computer Micron Network Places displays under Local Network the icon for Shared Docs on Micron (home-micron) but no other icons. You must drop down to “unspecified”, select Entire Network then Microsoft windows network, then MSHOME then you will see both Dell(Home) and micron(Home-micron). You can open up micron to get to the micron shared docs but clicking on Dell(Home) generates the following message:
"Home is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. Access Denied.”[/b]
Both PCs are recognized on the network group and can ping each other. The router can ping both computers ok. Both PCs have the shared documents folders enabled for sharing. The printer on the Dell is enabled for file and printer sharing. It is an HP Deskjet 932C connected via printer port.
The primary computer has user accounts with passwords assigned (except the guest acct). The remote computer has user accounts without passwords. Some user names are identical on both machines.
The router wireless access point is enabled (as evidenced by the Micron being able to ping the Dell). Both PCs can connect to the internet without any problem.
The printer ‘share name’ on the Dell is ”Printer”. Printer permissions are enabled for ‘everyone’.
Could not use Nslookup from command prompt on the Dell to see the printer because my system is set up as a workgroup and not a domain. Was trying to use it to ‘see’ the printer and maybe access it directly from the Micron. Believe Nslookup is strictly for domains. Don’t know.
The primary PC Start menu and Help did get me to “grant incoming connection access to your computer”. It suggested going to control panel then Network connections. From there it said click on incoming connections (did not see) and then under network tasks click change settings of this connection. …these steps were not available although Network tasks were in the left column but they only allowed create a new connection, set up a network, or change firewall settings. I tried to create a new connection but there were no device options that made any sense (only one listed was LPT1). I would think it would give me the choice of the micron but NO! There was an intro note that mentioned network policy settings might prevent me from completing this procedure.
A search of help for ‘network policy settings’ got me numerous references to group policy settings but I couldn’t may heads or tails of what to do, if anything.
I also tried running the ‘add printer wizard’ from the Micron. I chose ‘connect to this printer’ then typed in the path \\home\printer. It then came up with a logon screen for ‘connect to home’. I entered a user name and password that I use on the Dell and it came back with the message “The credentials supplied conflict with an existing set of credentials. Overwriting the existing set of credentials may cause some running applications to stop functioning properly. Do you really want to overwrite the existing set of credentials?” Okay, so I was already logged onto the micron under one user name then tried to use a username and password for the Dell. I am assuming I never got to first base and never connected to the Dell. How in the world is one to know what to do? I canceled the operation and if I wasn’t just downright angry I probably would have just given up and cried! Anyway, I think I just need to reboot my computers then try the wizard again but only using the same logon I used on the micron. Don’t really expect it to work since the username without password probably won’t be recognized by the Dell. Who knows?
Okay just used my micron username without password. Did not get credential error but system came back “Windows cannot connect to the printer. Operation could not be completed”. Then tried browse to search for a computer name. It would identify the MSHOME network but never listed a printer and kept asking for a printer name.
One other reference I read from a book said I had to set up user accounts and passwords on the primary to give the other computer access. I am so lost! Where do I go from here?
Edited by perrymc, 11 December 2006 - 05:28 PM.