Posted 30 December 2006 - 10:11 PM
Hi Geek Friends!
I feel like I've tried everything so now I'm outsourcing my problem to you folks, maybe you'll remember something I'm forgetting.
I have four computers I'd like to enable Windows XP file sharing on over a wired and wireless network joined by a D-Link DI-524 wireless router. They have used file sharing on it before, but recently I can't get it to work. For simplicity purposes, I'll try to get my two computers working--one a laptop on the wireless, and the other a new home-built desktop on wired connection. Both have XP SP2 and use the Windows firewall.
Here's what can tell you...
1. Both computers can ping each other from the command prompt.
2. The Windows Firewalls are up, but exceptions are enabled, and File and Printer Sharing is listed as an exception on both machines.
3. I have run the "Set Up Home or Small Office Network" wizard on both machines and enabled file and printer sharing.
4. Both computers have an account named Mitch with identical passwords and the guest account is also enabled.
5. 'restrictanonymous' in the LSA section of the registry of both machines is set to 0; 'restrictanonymoussam' is set to 1 in both cases (is that a problem?)
6. The router does not have any restrictions that I know of, that would hamper communications within the LAN. I've had file sharing working at school using the same router and my laptop and a friend's laptop.
7. Both computers are on the same workgroup and do not have identical names.
8. The computers can access the Internet without any problems and even play network games over the LAN.
9. Both computers are sharing at least one folder.
10. The laptop can see itself on the LAN, and can access all of the folders it's sharing through My Network Places. The desktop can not do that with its own shares--it can't even see itself on the workgroup.
11. My laptop can't see my brother's computer (on wireless) on the same workgroup through My Network Places, and the desktop can't see the other desktop on the LAN. They can all ping each other.
12. File and Printer Sharing is listed as a service on the Network Connection properties window (on both machines).
13. In the WINS tab of the TCP/IP settings, NetBIOS is set to Default (automatic, let Windows choose) and LMHOSTS lookup is enabled. They obtain their IP addresses automatically (one 192.168.0.100, the other is 103).
My conclusion is there there must be
a. A problem with the Windows Firewall on at least one of my computers
b. A problem with the router that's preventing file sharing (seems most unlikely)
c. Some issue between the Wired and Wireless computers (also seems unlikely, the wired computers and wireless computers won't file share, respectively)
d. Something I haven't thought of but you will...
Thanks for your help!