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  1. #1
    Dumbo
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    1st Network

    I have had my PC running with a DG834g for over a year but last week I
    bought a new Laptop for general house use and mobility. I have both
    connecting to the internet with only a slight hitch (only noticed for the
    first time tonight), the i LED flashes orange from time to time when both
    are accessing the net. My problem is that neither PC can see the other. My
    base PC is wired to the router and shows a NETGEAR network with two icons
    for the base PC and a further icon for the router but adding a wireless
    device doesn't see the laptop and without running the network wizard and
    maybe mucking the whole thing up I am at a loss to figure how to configure
    the network.

    What am I doing wrong?

    Robin


  2. #2
    Garry Douglas
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    Re: 1st Network

    "Dumbo" <robingg@gotadsl.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:hPGdnZJ_Je7GbkrVnZ2dneKdnZydnZ2d@pipex.net...
    >I have had my PC running with a DG834g for over a year but last week I
    >bought a new Laptop for general house use and mobility. I have both
    >connecting to the internet with only a slight hitch (only noticed for the
    >first time tonight), the i LED flashes orange from time to time when both
    >are accessing the net. My problem is that neither PC can see the other.
    >My base PC is wired to the router and shows a NETGEAR network with two
    >icons for the base PC and a further icon for the router but adding a
    >wireless device doesn't see the laptop and without running the network
    >wizard and maybe mucking the whole thing up I am at a loss to figure how to
    >configure the network.
    >
    > What am I doing wrong?
    >
    > Robin


    From personal experience I wouldn't use the network wizard!

    For a simple 2 user network (i.e. using a router to connect the two
    machines) make sure that both machines are part of the same workgroup. In XP
    right click on My Computer and select Properties > Computer Name >
    Workgroup. The default name is 'Workgroup' but on my 3 user network I
    changed it to something more memorable :-)

    Then you need to set the drives or directories that you want to share. In
    Windows Explorer, right click on the drive or directory/folder you want to
    make visible to the other machine and select Sharing & Security. In the
    Sharing tab select 'Share this folder on the network' and give it a share
    name i.e. My Docs on PC2.

    Then on the other machine, in Explorer, expand My Network Places > Entire
    Network > Microsoft Windows Network > 'Workgroup Name'. Under this you
    should see the other machine, but it may take a little while for it to
    appear so don't panic if it isn't listed immediately.

    Under the shared machine you will then be able to see the shared folders,
    including in the above example 'My Docs on PC2' .

    If you want to operate the 2 user network on a peer to peer basis you then
    need to repeat the steps, creating the shared drives/directories on the
    other machine.

    Depending on how many directories/folders you want to share, you may also
    then want to map them as network drives so that they appear in Explorer. For
    example, you could have the Shared Documents folder on Machine B appear as
    drive S on Machine A.

    To do this, Right click on My Network Places and select Map Network Drive.
    Choose a drive letter for the network drive i.e. S and then use the Browse
    button to navigate to the Workgroup name and select the directory/folder you
    want to access.

    I haven't done this on Vista but I assume the steps are similar.

    HTH

    Garry





  3. #3
    Garry Douglas
    Guest

    Re: 1st Network

    "Dumbo" <robingg@gotadsl.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:hPGdnZJ_Je7GbkrVnZ2dneKdnZydnZ2d@pipex.net...
    >I have had my PC running with a DG834g for over a year but last week I
    >bought a new Laptop for general house use and mobility. I have both
    >connecting to the internet with only a slight hitch (only noticed for the
    >first time tonight), the i LED flashes orange from time to time when both
    >are accessing the net. My problem is that neither PC can see the other.
    >My base PC is wired to the router and shows a NETGEAR network with two
    >icons for the base PC and a further icon for the router but adding a
    >wireless device doesn't see the laptop and without running the network
    >wizard and maybe mucking the whole thing up I am at a loss to figure how to
    >configure the network.
    >
    > What am I doing wrong?
    >
    > Robin


    From personal experience I wouldn't use the network wizard!

    For a simple 2 user network (i.e. using a router to connect the two
    machines) make sure that both machines are part of the same workgroup. In XP
    right click on My Computer and select Properties > Computer Name >
    Workgroup. The default name is 'Workgroup' but on my 3 user network I
    changed it to something more memorable :-)

    Then you need to set the drives or directories that you want to share. In
    Windows Explorer, right click on the drive or directory/folder you want to
    make visible to the other machine and select Sharing & Security. In the
    Sharing tab select 'Share this folder on the network' and give it a share
    name i.e. My Docs on PC2.

    Then on the other machine, in Explorer, expand My Network Places > Entire
    Network > Microsoft Windows Network > 'Workgroup Name'. Under this you
    should see the other machine, but it may take a little while for it to
    appear so don't panic if it isn't listed immediately.

    Under the shared machine you will then be able to see the shared folders,
    including in the above example 'My Docs on PC2' .

    If you want to operate the 2 user network on a peer to peer basis you then
    need to repeat the steps, creating the shared drives/directories on the
    other machine.

    Depending on how many directories/folders you want to share, you may also
    then want to map them as network drives so that they appear in Explorer. For
    example, you could have the Shared Documents folder on Machine B appear as
    drive S on Machine A.

    To do this, Right click on My Network Places and select Map Network Drive.
    Choose a drive letter for the network drive i.e. S and then use the Browse
    button to navigate to the Workgroup name and select the directory/folder you
    want to access.

    I haven't done this on Vista but I assume the steps are similar.

    HTH

    Garry





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