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A network for home? Which one?

Question: A network for home? Which one?

Hey guys,

I had a quick question about a network at home.

My house is 15m tall and 9m wide, I want to network 3 computers (mine, wife, son).

Should I wire the house with Ethernet cat 5e cable and put a 100 base T switch?
Just put a Wi-Fi access point and Wi Fi cards for the 3 computers.

I prefer wireless, but I?ve heard Ethernet would have slightly faster speeds due to less aerial interference.

Suggestions? Solutions? Thank you!

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Answer: A network for home? Which one?

First of all... don't put a 100 base T switch anywhere but the backup bin. If you're going to bother wiring anything put in GbE as it's inexpensive now. Also, if you're going to bother with any wiring then I'd put in the best/fastest type I could find to future proof it as much as possible. Fishing cable isn't something you want to repeat in a couple of years.

To more directly answer your question, Wi-Fi will probably be fine for you depending on the distance from your WAP (wireless access point) and what your walls are made of. You'll also need to keep in mind any other Wi-Fi interference so the distance to your neighbors can have an affect. All that being said any modern WAP will be faster than a 100 base T switch under normal conditions when it comes to throughput (how much data you can move) - but worse when it comes to latency (how long a specific bit of data takes to get from one point to another). If you're playing games you'll want low latency. If you're just streaming content or moving files around then you just want throughput.

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I am at a bit of a loss and would greatly appreciate any direction and suggestions.

I recently renovated my house and ran all new CAT6 cables throughout. Everything terminates in a closet in my basement, which is also where my Home Office is.

The office houses 6 workstations, MFP and TV with a HTPC. My servers - both office and home entertainment - all sit in the closet in the basement. I have a 12TB NAS along with a number of application servers and web streaming servers.

The home network consists of a few stationary computers, network printers laptops and tablets, as well as three HTPC's that all stream from a NAS server in the basement.

The home is a three floors and due to the length of the runs from the basement to the top floor I opted to save some coin and run a 'sub panel' on the top floor, which is where all the LV cabling terminates just for the top floor (the rest runs all the way to the basement. I have left the choice of wire to 'patch' the two cabinets open and right now it is a single CAT6 wire.

I have rigged it up to work in a temporary fashion with some crude patching and crappy patch cables - all of which I am now on a mission to redo correctly and permanently. The hardware I am currently using is a Arris cable modem connected to a Linksys E4200 for router and WiFi duties, after that I have a Cisco SR2024C 24-port Gigabit switch which splits up all over into a bunch of crappy switches all over.

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Hi All,
Problem is the Vista Machine connecting to the shared HPG85xi AIO on the network.
I am working on installing a Vista Home Premium Gateway PC on an existing network that consists of a 98 machine, two XP home PC's and an XP home laptop.
With the exception of the laptop, all PC's are connected via ethernet cabling to a Linksys WRT54G sharing cable internet access.
One of the XP home machines and the 98 are connected to a Dlink switch which is wired to the Linksys router. This XP home machine has the HP connected locally and shared.
All PC's have printer and file sharing enabled. All PC's are in the same workgroup, all PC's can see and share files bidirectionally. Including the Vista machine. All PC's with the exception of the Vista machine can connect and print to the HP.
When you try to connect the Vista to the HP, and it doesn't matter how (using Network and connect, using Printers to add a printer, using add a Printer to set up a new network printer and entering the path...whatever), the error message is "Access is Denied" before you can even install the drivers.
I used my IBM laptop running XP Pro to serve the HP via the USB connection (same as how the XP Home PC is doing it), the Vista can connect and print no problem; so it would seem there is an issue with the access rights in the XP Home PC sharing the HP.
I also tested the Vista PC on another network that runs XP Pro and it connected and printed with NO issues.
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Answer:Solved: Vista Home Network Printer Issues, XP Home Network

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Setting up a small office network & home network

Hello fellow hard forum members,
I’m a newbie and have little experience in setting up a small office and home network. I have searched many threads and tried many possible ways to setup a network, yet I can’t seem to get it working correctly. This may seem like a stupid question but can someone please help!

Here is what I am trying to do: Office Network
Setup a small office network of a total of 3 computers.
*(Computer A) main computer that is hooked up to a printer and has internet connection.
*(Computer B) another computer that will share the printer, documents and internet connection of computer A.
*(Laptop) will share internet connection, printer and documents from computer A.
(This laptop will be also used at home on my home network as well) Is this possible? Can my laptop be a part of an office network and when I take it home at night, can it also link to my home network?

Here is the setup:
**All computers already have a working network card; this will be a WIRED network here at the office.

Computer A – Windows 2000 Server OS
Computer B – Windows 2000 Server OS
Laptop – Windows XP Pro OS

Router: Linksys BEFSR41 V.2
DSL Modem: Speedstream 5100 Service by SBC
All Ethernet wires are currently hooked up to router

Here is where I am at so far:
**Computer A currently has internet connection and is sharing the printer and documents
**Computer B currently is sharing the internet connec... Read more

Answer:Calling all NETWORK EXPERTS!!! Setting up a small office network & home network

2x computers..both running Windows 2000 Server? And they're being used like desktop computers? That's pretty expensive.

Is one of them running active directory, and the other a member server?

Guide to help with TCP setup on a domain behind a broadband router

Yes a laptop can be a member of the domain, and be taken off the network...and still do a domain login..NT can cache the login credentials locally.

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5 month old Dell XPS 8500 Win 7 64 bit Pro as main computer connected by Wired Adapter, Upgraded Gateway 5632E also running Win 7 64 bit pro as second connected by Wireless. Both running Kapersky successfully. no network problems for 5 mo.

Both were successfully linked using homegroup. Had to take Gateway to a remote location to do a business demo. While there had to link to a local public WiFi. While connecting made mistake and left homegroup.

When Gateway returned to homebase a few days later it was fine, had no problems finding wireless but could not see or rejoin Dell machine homegroup. It would let me set up a new homegroup.

Went to Dell box and found 1) homegroup no longer existed, 2) router and network and wireless printing no longer found - Red X on the taskbar) even though internet was still working fine.

Took nearly a week of trying differernt fixes, on adapter- off adapter- different adapter reboot network, router, even updated router firmware (Yes I went through every ipconfig reset, renew, redecorate etc. I've used netsh functions to try to get evrything to reset. Changes services.msc settings per other posts. Finally in desperation, deleted every sub key in the registry related to network locational awareness and got the Dell to find the network, let me set it up as a "home" network and then even see the invitation to join the Gateway's homegroup.

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Answer:Home network set but Win 7 says can't join homegroup, no home network

Just a thought - if running Kaspersky Internet Security (with inbuilt firewall) check that your Internet connection in the settings is set to Home or Private Network vs Public.

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Windows 7 home premium sp1
Bitdefender tell me it become unresponsive an recommend to reboot
system message tell me  Windows update is deactivated
window defender full scan found nothing
comodo antivirus deactivated and cannot be reactivated
a reboot do not change anything
can you help me please

Answer:W 7 home cannot conect internet and home network even in safe mode

Welcome aboard
Can you operate computer normally?
Are you running two AV programs (BitDefender and Comodo)?

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What do with this:

I have a server (under XP) set up in my home network
I have dyn dns running
I have a buffalo router Wireless-N Nfiniti™ Dual Band

my server can be accessed thru the buffalo router from only from inside the network (so thru 192.168 etc) and not via internet - so basically I am not able to correctly test my webservices from home

in short i can do:

external network --> internet --> buffalo --> home network

and also:
home network --> buffalo --> home network

but not the correct loop:

home network -> buffalo --> internet --> buffalo --> home network

buffalo support tells me its router doesnt allow me to go out of my network to come back in - and i just dont believe them...

anyone any suggestions?

Answer:buffalo router: cant access home network through internet from home?

First off, I'd suggest using dd-wrt.

Can u post a screenshot of ur configuration? That will help as a start...

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1) I have Laptop and PC connected with lan cabel. They are both with Windows Vista Home Basic 32bit.
They both have no problems with internet.
They have the same WORKGROUP names.
Both have real IPs.
I see each other on the Network but i can not connect to them... (it was all OK when I was on XP...)
>When I try to connect from the Laptop to the PC i recive: "Error code 0x80070035", I click on Diagnose and I see this.
I tried to turn off the Firewall and the NOD32 antivirus, but ... nothing changed ....
The Sharing and Discovery Settings are OK, like this.

2) I give share permissions to my network.

3) May be I have to install "Client" for "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks" but is no listed 'Client' or 'Servise' to use.

4) I found I have to allow permissions in the firewall to some ports like:
-TCP 139
-UDP 137
-UDP 138
-TCP 445
... I did this ...
Give me some help how to manage with my network so I can browse both computers, copy files and so on ...
Thanks in advance

Answer:Home Network Problem on Vista Home Basic 32bit.

I can't help but just wondered why you have made another post not long after your first post with exactly the same question ?

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can someone help me sort this? I have a bunch of devices on my lan, some by ethernet some wireless.
One Windows 10 Pro desktop, on ethernet, serves all the other devices - at least in theory. Working well, no big issues.
But with my Windows 10 Home edition on a Zenbook, with networking on, network discovery on, public folder shared, I can RDP into the other windows 10 machine just fine, I can map network drives etc. Life's good, right?

With my 'droid, using ES File Manager, I can move files easily between windows 7 machine, Windows 10 desktop, other droids, etc. However, the ONE MACHINE it cannot get coherent is the Zenbook running Windows 10 Home. It simply will not connect with the correct IP and credentials. I can "see" the machine by scanning the network map with the Droid, access it, setup the credentials, but cannot get in. I am wild-guessing the firewall may be blocking but I have no trouble doing what's needed with the other Windows 10 machine, so ...... stumped. Both are fully updated to latest win 10 updates, both are essentially set same way networking-wise to my knowledge.

Anyone have a clue here?

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can someone help me sort this? I have a bunch of devices on my lan, some by ethernet some wireless.
One Windows 10 Pro desktop, on ethernet, serves all the other devices - at least in theory. Working well, no big issues.
But with my Windows 10 Home edition on a Zenbook, with networking on, network discovery on, public folder shared, I can RDP into the other windows 10 machine just fine, I can map network drives etc. Life's good, right?

With my 'droid, using ES File Manager, I can move files easily between windows 7 machine, Windows 10 desktop, other droids, etc. However, the ONE MACHINE it cannot get coherent is the Zenbook running Windows 10 Home. It simply will not connect with the correct IP and credentials. I can "see" the machine by scanning the network map with the Droid, access it, setup the credentials, but cannot get in. I am wild-guessing the firewall may be blocking but I have no trouble doing what's needed with the other Windows 10 machine, so ...... stumped. Both are fully updated to latest win 10 updates, both are essentially set same way networking-wise to my knowledge.

Anyone have a clue here?

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I did not set up my pc's to share over my home wireless network, but suddenly today I see that all drives and the printer are available between each computer. I had tried to set up the computers to share months ago, but never got it to work and gave up.

The desktop is old, running WinME, one laptop is running WinXPpro, the other laptop is running Vista. They are all connected to a Westell router/dsl modem for internet through Verizon.

So, I turn the desktop off daily. Today I go to turn it off and it says the WinXP laptop is connected and do I really want to shut down. I go to windows explorer on both machines and sure enough I have access to the other drives on each computer. I start the Vista machine and see the same.

Am I compromised?

Answer:MY home computers suddenly sharing over home wireless network

If you didn't make the change to share all drives, then somebody did. I would assume the worst. Time to reformat and reinstall.

Windows ME is past end of life, and no security updates are provided by MS. I wouldn't run it anymore. Maybe you'd want to try out some linux distros, some are quite good on old hardware. See this review:

It seems you don't have a separate router, I would advise you to get one. I have a modem/router too but I also have a separate hardware firewall/router. The modem/router does NAT but I constantly see connections/attacks making it past the modem/router to my firewall. Having a separate router is a good thing.

Since you are using wireless, did you enable the encryption? If you have WPA or WPA2 use them and setup a long and complicated passphrase. Use WEP if you have no other choice cause WEP can be broken into real quick. You must enable encryption because with wireless, all your machines are sitting ducks when you have close range attackers, whereas with wired, at least you still have a perimeter which you can fortify with a firewall. Also it is especially important to have software firewalls on Each PC when using wireless.

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Not sure how actively anyone is tracking user needs here, but figured I had nothing to lose by asking for help...unable to find an understandable answer here so far.
I had been happily running Virtual PC 2007 on a Win 7 Home system, printing on a network physically connected via usb cable to a Win XP system.  I have now replaced the XP tower with a Windows 10 tower, with that printer attached to that tower, and
functioning normally.
When I run Virtual PC 2007 on the Win 7 system, it "sees" the Win 10 system, but on trying to install the printer, it is asking for a password to the Win 10 system.
I am guessing that it would require a ton of tweaks to get around this, and although I am not a full blown novice, I never like fiddling with too many settings that might screw up everything else that is working.
So, long story short, is there in fact a reasonably simple way to work around this, or should I just give up to progress and new operating systems?
Thanks to anyone who might be willing to point me in the right direction.

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I have a home desktop computer, and a work laptop. Over the years I've changed laptops and home computers, and have always been able to get network sharing working so I can transfer files between them by using \\<hostname>

I've had my current setup for about 6 months now, and have been able to share files. Let's call my home computer "alien" and my work computer "laptop".

A couple of days ago, I found I was not able to connect to alien from laptop, but I could connect the other way. Also, alien can ping laptop, but NOT vice versa. alien has a static IP of, and laptop has an IP address of via DHCP.

Any ideas about why laptop cannot ping alien (which would explain why I can't connect to it)?

Answer:Can no longer connect to home computer over home network

Quote: Originally Posted by mbh9700

I have a home desktop computer, and a work laptop. Over the years I've changed laptops and home computers, and have always been able to get network sharing working so I can transfer files between them by using \\<hostname>

I've had my current setup for about 6 months now, and have been able to share files. Let's call my home computer "alien" and my work computer "laptop".

A couple of days ago, I found I was not able to connect to alien from laptop, but I could connect the other way. Also, alien can ping laptop, but NOT vice versa. alien has a static IP of, and laptop has an IP address of via DHCP.

Any ideas about why laptop cannot ping alien (which would explain why I can't connect to it)?

You may want to disable the antivirus software for testing. With the ping not working it would seem like something is blocking the connection. Do the machines appear in the network folder under network?

Obviously you should make sure that Network Discovery and File and Printer sharing are turned on in the Advanced Sharing settings.

Make sure they are on the same Workgroup etc. and that file sharing is enabled through the sharing tab >Advanced Sharing> of the C:>Users folder.

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I have three computers networked together at home. They have different OS's on them. One is Vista Home Premium, another XP Pro and the third is XP Home. My problem is that I can't copy or move any folders or files from the XP home machine to the Xp pro machine. I get an error message that access is denied. Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and the file is not currently in use. I can go to the XP Pro computer and go through my mapped drive and click on the same file and copy it without any errors. Why does this only work from one machine? I know XP home only uses simple file sharing and XP Pro has more security. Is there a setting that I should check on the firewall or within XP Pro?
I made some changes to get the XP Pro computer to be able to map a network drive to the Vista computer. Will this effect the ability to copy files from XP Home?
I have researched this issue and have not found an answer that will solve the problem. None of the computers are password protected or are any of the files password protected on any computer.

Answer:Solved: Can't copy folders from Xp Home to Xp Pro on home network

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I have windows 2000 on my laptop and on 3 of 4 computers on my home network. i have 4 pcs and the laptop all networked and are all on cable connection. is it possible to dial into my home network so i can read the harddrives and use files from them on my laptop from a remote location? if so how?

Answer:Way to dial into my home network from laptop away from home

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My main desktop is a Vista Home Premium, 64-bit Dell system, connected to a WRT54G Router. Workgroup with my last name.

The Laptop originally was XP Home, configured to the same Workgroup name, connected to the same router, and networking was flawless.

In order to access a newly created Domain at my workplace, my Laptop was upgraded to XP Pro/SP3. There were still issues with a program on the work network, even though I could connect to the domain, so they decided to just get me a new desktop, and everything there is fine.

But now, I can't get my Laptop seen by my Desktop. Here are the details:

On my XP Pro Laptop, I entered the correct Workgroup name, and had to sign off the Domain. Now when I log on, I am connecting to "This Computer" and not the domain

From the XP Pro Laptop, I can see and Ping the Desktop, have Internet access, a proper IP Address, etc. The Desktop shows up on the Network, I can Map a Drive, etc. So from the XP Pro Laptop to the Vista Home Desktop, everything works fine in that direction.

On the Desktop, however, there is a problem. The Laptop does show up as a computer on the Network, but when I click on it to access it, I receive an Error Message:

Windows cannot access \\Dell Check the spelling...Error Code 0x80070035.

If I click on the "Diagnose" button, I get:
Check the spelling of the name, make sure the computer is turned on and connected...etc.

I cannot ping the Laptop from the Desktop. Time out 100%.

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Answer:XP Home to XP Pro Upgrade Broke Home Network

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I had to reformat my computer and am using windows 7 pro 64 bit. After getting Windows 7 back onto my computer, I was trying to use my home network to pass file between my desktop and to the a laptop. It wouldn't let me do either. I then looked at network sharing and it showed that neither my home network or home group was there. So I tried to set up another home group, and it gave me the following error:

"Must have IPv6 to create or join a home group".

When I go and try to start my IPv6 through the trouble shooter, it shows being started, but it still will not let me either join or create a home group.

Any ideas????? I hope this explanation is clear enough.



Answer:Windows 7 - Home group and home network.

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Ok, I am not a IT professional thus why I seek your help. Here is current status:

Upstairs: Cable modem>router and then wired to 360, secondary PC, and two PS3's in separate rooms. The router has no more connections, it's WNDR3700. Primary laptop pc is connected wireless.

What's coming: Finished basement that I would like to have wired network connectivity for gaming console, av receiver, tv and possibly a PC.

All my music is on the laptop and backed up to 2 separated external drives, one of which is USB 3 (lappy also is). I have lots of Steam games as well. i would like to access both of these in the basement.

How do i best do this? Do I need a PC in basement? Do I need a switch or something from the router going downstairs to get a wired connection? Cat5e or Cat 6? Can I just take the laptop (XPS15) downstairs and use as media server? Any experience with the Redmere HDMI cables that are supposedly better for longer distance runs? Conduit for all in wall lines? I'm guessing a foot or so away from electrical? Geez, this is all confusing for part timer like me.

Thanks for reading and for any suggestions you may have. Would like to keep this simple and as cheap as possible but still have the functionality I desire.

Answer:Home Network plus home theater new setup..please help

If you are want the cheapest solution I would endorse...
Buy a Netgear GS116E or a GS108E or BOTH (a better idea) and place the larger one in the basement.

Buy or run a single cat6 line from the router to a switch. Cat 5e will also work...but for the less than $3 price difference go with cat6

Ethernet cable does not have to be in conduit. Just try to keep it 18" away from power lines and do not run it parallel to any power lines. If you have to cross powerlines do it at a 90 degree angle.

Run the 360 the second PC and the (2) PS3 from one switch and or another line down to the basement where another switch is located.

These switches are very basic, have some management capability but the most important part is that they are far more reliable than the unmanaged versions. The MTBF is almost 12 times higher.

If you want even better equipment (more professional) consider the HP procurve 1810 series or Dell powerconnect 28** series.

as for HDMI cables either work or don't work, expensive cables are usually not worth the premium. Typical HDMI spec cable works out to 35'. Some vendors have HDMI cables that are certified to work at 45', but that is fairly rare. Any HDMI cable over 50' is out of official spec and may not work at all.

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Here is the deal. I am running Windows XP SP2 on my home tower (custom built). The tower is hardwired to a Linksys WRT54GS router. The tower does not have a wireless NIC. There are a few other computers that access this small network at various times.

The router is using WPA-PSK encryption. Wireless MAC address connectivity is enabled.

I bought an HP 1022NW Laserjet printer and tried connecting it to the wireless network using the enclosed getting started guide. I initially tried connecting it in ad hoc mode because I believe this is what I should use in my home office. No dice. Nothing was recognized. The only printing success I got was when I hooked an Ethernet cable directly to the router. After unplugging the cable, I had no luck printing wirelessly, even though I tried also configuring the installation for infrastructure mode, where the printer was recognized but still would not print once the cable was removed.

I have taken the printer's MAC address and added it as a trusted endpoint in both my router's configuration table and in my firewall (Norton Internet Security). However, that has also not helped.

Some advice I have read is making sure QoS is disabled on the router and also making sure that the SSID and pass key for the printer match that of the router. It should be easy to make these changes to the printer, but I cannot access the embedded web server in this printer to make these changes. Also, one source said to make sure the printer is on the sam... Read more

Answer:Solved: Network ready printer will not connect to home office network

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Just got a new G550 laptop  w/Win 7 OS. Tried to connect to wired router and got message "network cable not connected". Recycled laptop and router and came up with router connected to the laptop. Same message after search and identify steps finished. I then noticed I lost connection to the net/router with my other home networked units as well! Tried another cable, same results along with losing the entire home network connection. Disconnected the G550 from home network, via the cable, and the home network reconnected without any intervention. Tried another reboot directly connected to the cable modem, no go there either!  I also rebooted with the wireless search shutoff and got the same problems as on the wired attempt. Thought it might have been the NIC card so I exchanged the system back at the store.  Sorry, same problem!!  

Answer:Not Connecting to Wired Network and Forcing the loss of all Connections on the Home Network

I have a very similar problem... New Lenovo G550, running Vista Home Premium 64-bit. Right from the start it causes my TrendNet TEW-432BRP router to crash every 10 seconds. I bought a new DLink WBR-1310 and experience the same problem. Connecting to either router through either a wireless connection or a LAN cable connection causes the router to crash every 10 seconds. The router crashes, reboots, establishes a connection with the laptop, communication starts and then the router crashes again. I am looking for help.

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Unable to see home network computers in Windows Explorer Network screen.

I have a home network with 2 laptops and 1 desktop. The desktop I use as a "file server" in that all work done on the laptops is stored to the desktop. The desktop computer name is HAL. One laptop is fine and sees the network. The other just stopped seeing it; rebooted the laptop; rebooted HAL; did a number of refreshes without any luck. I opened EXCEL and found a worksheet that was listed that I knew was saved on HAL. Was able to open the file and when I tried the SAVE AS I could navigate through all of HAL just as normal. Went to Windows Explorer and still no HAL listed as a COMPUTER on the NETWORK. I have a internet connection so I know I am making it to the router at least. And when I check NETWORK AND SHARING CENTER it shows an active home network. The laptop is running Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 Build 7601. Thanks in advance for any help! George

Answer:Unable to see home network computers in Windows Explorer Network scree

Still working on the problem. Tried to do a system restore back to the point where everything was working. Still no HAL showing as a network computer; Excel now does not recognize the path that worked yesterday. But now I am able to create a shortcut that will take me to HAL on the network. Guess this is a good enough fix for right now. When I go to Windows Explorer, Network it still only shows the 2 laptops and not HAL......WHY????

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Hi all,

This is all on my home network - both PCs are local to each other.

I have a Win 8.1 PC which hosts all my media and documents, which I connect to via remote desktop and share a drive on the network. It has no monitor, so remote desktop is my main method of access.

Very occasionally, I will turn it on and be unable to connect to it or the mapped drive. In fact my main PC (Win 7) cannot find it on the network anywhere. But it IS on the network - I can connect via my mobile using Splashtop and I can also connect
via TeamViewer from the main PC. This is not a solution though as I need to be able to access the shared drive on my main PC.

Both PCs use Bitdefender. Makes no difference with the BD firewall temporarily turned off. As I mentioned, sometimes it connects fine with no issues and sometimes it can't find it. In these situations, I can't even ping the Media PC's IP address
(timeout), nor can the Media PC ping the main PC. It can, obviously, ping the router.

Usually a restart of the Media PC fixes this (although, that's annoying) - but today it isn't. The error that I get is 'The network path was not found' and for remote desktop 'Remote Desktop can't find the computer 'MediaServer". This might
mean it does not belong to the specified network ..." etc.

I also thought it work mentioning that this is what comes up when using the net use command:

Status       Local     Remote          ... Read more

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I was going crazy trying to figure out WHY every time that I booted up my computer (or rebooted) running Windows 7 Professional 64 bit that an "unidentified network" --a public network--would appear along with my normal home network as a local
area connection, and, until I would disable the unidentified network and then reestablish my home network (both would become disabled) by using the Microsoft troubleshooter and fixing the problem "as an administrator."  I didn't want to have
to keep doing this every time that I booted up my PC, so I called AT&T (since I have an AT&T modem/router for AT&T U verse internet and TV service) and all they could do was send me a new router--which I did NOT want to have to set up and then
reestablish wireless links with al, of my wireless things like my printer, my Roku on my TV, etc.  SO, tonight I used Google and, on this Microsoft technet site I found the answer!  Someone named Lars Tornquist stated that all one had to do was to
go to Start menu, type in "msconfig" and then go to the System Configuration box that pops up, go to the Services tab and uncheck "##Id_String1.6844F930._1628_".
 It worked like a charm!  (For those who read all of the other solutions and comments, I DO have Photoshop CS3 on my computer (along with all of the Adobe CS3 software programs as I have the Adobe Master Collection installed on my hard drive) and
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So i'm having an issue connecting my desktop to my home network for file sharing. My Desktop is connected to the internet like so: Desktop ->(Ethernet cable)-> Uverse 2wire router -> Internet.

I have no issues with my internet connection, and in fact I am posting this from my desktop now. Windows Network Diagnostics finds no issues when I run the trouble shooter. and when I try to connect to a home group it refers me to the network issue.

This issue has plagued me for about 6 months now. I have talked to Uverse tech support, and many of my friends who are into computers and have gotten no answers. Computer is running windows 7 SP1 and again the router is the Uverse 2wire router

How can I make my desktop available for network sharing?

Also here is a screenshot of the network map according to this computer

Answer:Network Sharing Problem. Connecting Desktop to home network

Have you set up a home network? What is the workgroup name? Are there any passwords of any kind? Have you set your shared settings on each PC in the workgroup?

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PRODUCT: HP Chromebook 11 G4S/N: 5CD5515QDCGoogle Chrome OS Version 50.0.2661.103Platform 7978.74.0Firmware Google_Kip.5216.227.25 This device is frustrating my spouse to no end.  It keeps dropping our home wifi network connection.  I have to shutdown power, wait, and power back on and it refreshes.  This is annoying. I am seriously considering returning this device.  The whole point of this purchase was stability and ease of browsing and light internet use.  Frustration is not part of the purchase.

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Hi there, I use Wireless internet for both my pc and laptop, and connect through my BT Homehub. But whenever I open the wireless connections tab, it always shows a Talk Talk Wireless option along with the BT one which I use (and sometimes a 3rd connection that is unknown to me).
I think my network is secure, as I have to put a network key in before it will connect to the internet on the PC, but when I connect to the internet on the laptop no key is required, (so unsure a bit now) but I just wanted to make sure that the Talk Talk connection and the other one that is showing, is not somebody who can see all of the files on either my pc or laptop.
Just wanted some advice really, to make sure I dont have anybody viewing my files etc. Thank you in advance.

Answer:Solved: Home Network Picks up unknown wireless network

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I'm not sure how to exactly say what I want to try to do. I would like to setup a network so that each person has only one account throughout the whole network. I have 3 PCs running XP Pro. How would I go about doing this?

I'm pretty sure I could use Novell, but are there any better programs to use?

Answer:Setting up a home network with user accounts shared throughout the network

Whew! Don't go out and buy Novell just for that.

Now, I do believe that WindowsXP has the option of installing LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol), which is a simplified version of Novell's eDirectory and Microsoft's ActiveDirectory (which are extrapolations of the X500 networking protocols). If you designate one of the machines as the LDAP server (Windows Components Add/Remove Dialog Box) and create accounts there, and set the other machines to use LDAP authentication (client NIC setup screens), you should have what you want. Of course, the LDAP server would need to be on always.

Alternatively, you could setup a Linux box as an LDAP server also.

Are you sure you need to go through this much trouble? What are you trying to do exactly? Is security an issue?

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This is for a home setup and I need some help on figuring out what hardware I need to accomplish my goals.

Recently, we had a device on our home network begin uploading gigabytes of data across our home cable modem. I had to use a process of elimination to find the infected pc because our router doesn't track usage at the device level.

Here's what I'm wanting to do:
- content filtering (porn, file sharing etc)
- track/monitor realtime bandwidth usage _by_ wireless/wired device

Is there one router that will provide this capability? I have a machine that can be used collect data from the router and store it if needed to do the reporting but I have to be able to capture it first.

What suggestions device/devices [and or custom firmwares] could I use to accomplish this? I was looking at the Draytek line but I think I need 3 devices for that setup (wireless AP, switch and pc for monitoring). I was hoping to find a router with that would capture & filter and setup a linux server to capture the information from the router.

Answer:Need suggestions/insights on network gear needed for home network

What about pfsense, untangle, smoothwall etc. Are you open to those options?

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I have a pc and a laptop - both running XP Home. I've just bought a wireless router and have physically connected the pc to it and can use the laptop via the wireless. Both work fine for connecting to the internet but I can't seem to communicate between the two.

What do I want to do? Setup a small office/home network or add both as network places? I've tried both and nothing seems to help. I've even disabled the firewalls on both - no help.

PC - P4 running XP Home
512 RAM
Laptop - HP Pavilion zt3105 running XP Home
256 RAM

Answer:Setting up a home network or Adding a network place?

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My home network has several componants. DSL 1024 down 250 up and wireless 4500 down, 3000 up My windows xp computer is connected to the wireless, vista 64 ultimate is connected to DSL but both are part of my home network and I am able to share files. This part is fine it is hard wired. My laptop xp pro wireless or hard wired sees the home network all is good. Problem my tablet vista premium 32 can only connect to wireless down wirelessly is not able to share files.Not part of home network. file sharing and discovery are on It will connect to home network hard cable and share files when I get thwwat part figured out. It is a member of home network Vista says my home network wireless is a hidden network. How do I correct this problem. I am using a DSL modem to a monowall router with wireless to switches through out the house. The wireless signal from a different provider through a (5 meg I think anttena) also goes to the mono wall router. Monowall router is working correctly, at least hard wired. The purpose of a wireless home network is to sorry be wireless and able to move around and share files. Sorry if it is confusing I had it all working with xp Vista is a problem, that I have not figured out yet. Help

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Hi Guys and Gals,

So i have a problem trying to connect my PC Via Ethernet.

wireless can connect but i'm wanting wired as the signal strength is poor and of cause wired is faster.
ive never had wired connection on my PC and the problem has only just came about after moving home... i digress;

so in network sharing its is showing my wired connection as unidentified public network -
IPv4 Connectivity - no network access
IPv6 Connectivity - no network access

Now i have tried the following:

- resetting router (i have fibre so reset both)
- reset pc
- uninstalled, reinstalled and udated drivers for Broadcom NetXtreme 57xx Gigabit Controller
- turned off firewall
- turned of anti virus/anti spyware
- manually assigned IP
- automatically assigned IP
- installed protocol on IPv 4 and IPv 6.
- deleted network from my computer and reconnected.
- changed my security settings to low/disabled then reset them back after no change.

ip config -

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.


Windows IP Configuration
Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection 2:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::c1f6:36c6:1fd0:e48d%11
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.... Read more

Answer:Public network - unidentified network cant change to home

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New windows 7 Home Premium desktop that can print when the printer is directly connected but can't print when the printer is connected to an XP pro pc. It can see it but we're getting a "driver cannot be found on the network" flag.

Answer:reaching a network printer in a home network

When the printer is connected to the XP machine can the XP machine print to it?

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Can't get Public Network to change to Home Network! This is with my ethernet cable. Also does not connect to the Internet. I have Googled but the way it shows how to do it is not available to me! Oh I am using Windows 7 professional. [IMG][/IMG]

Thank you in advance

Answer:Can't get Public Network to change to Home Network!

See Fix Windows 7 Network Connection Stuck In Public Mode - gHacks Tech News

If it is not obvious the link to fixit -

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Someone at home uses their laptop at workplace and connect to the workplace network and come back home to use the home network.

I heard that work place is a very dangerous place.

How do the rest of the home network user protect themselve from the work PC.

Answer:Using work network and home network safely

what do you mean 'work place is a very dangerous place'?
I am using my workstation at home without any issues. It can be dangerous, if the security at work is low. But at my company, Security is at the highest possible level (can't even turn on Gtalk, or update stuff to SkyDrive, Skype and facebook forbidden).

but anyway, lets go back to you question: You want to protect your home network from the work PC.
Well, why do you need to use your work PC at home? Just don't use it and that is it. If you need to use it, then scan it with anti-virus software and check if there are any malicious stuff on it.

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My laptop can no longer connect to my home network. It used to connect fine, but I was having problems with my graphics card as every time I went on Youtube it would crash. As a result, I sent it into ASUS (it is an ASUS K52J Series) and got the motherboard and the hard drive replaced. After this, my laptop seemed to be working great. It connected to a variety of networks, including 3 home networks, and 2 public networks. However, it cannot connect to the network in my apartment.

I know this network works and is connectable as my roommate's laptop works perfectly fine. So I know it is not a problem with my laptop since it connects to other networks, and I know it is not the network since other laptops connect to it. I've tried resetting my adapter, I've tried turning off the firewall, and I am simply out of ideas. Also, I've tried the trouble shooting option numerous times after trying a variety of things that usually fix the connectivity, but it always says that the problem cannot be detected.

It's starting to be really frustrating, especially since I'm in university and sharing a laptop when both my roommate and I need to do work is not convenient.

Thank you,

Answer:Laptop will connect to every network except my home network

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I have two devices connected to my home wireless network, my phone and my laptop. Recently my network has disappeared from the laptop's list of networks. This did not happen with my phone, which works fine. By disappeared I mean my home network cannot be discovered by my laptop. This is not a connection issue because I cannot find the network to connect to. I do not have this problem with any other wireless network. I followed the various command prompts suggested by Microsoft's troubleshooting guide ( Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Home network has disappeared from network list

Two different OS's is why your phone works and computer does not. Microsoft tightened up the restrictions on unsecured networks. It is just a simple fix to get it to work. See this for doing the fix. Cannot Connect to CIFS / SMB / Samba Network Shares Shared Folders in Windows 10 - Tech Journey

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I need real help. I had cable internet 12mbs installed last September (2010) in my one bedroom apartment. Before that, I was connecting to a spotty 1.5mbs network that was open next door (with their permission). I was able to obtain fast and efficient internet access for about 3 or 4 months and then it became intermittent. For the past 2 months I have been unable to connect through my home cable modem/router at all. I have been to the cable company and they have tested the cable modem/router and the signal which comes into the router and out at fast speeds. I have been to the place where I bought my laptop (purchased at Staples last summer). Others can connect though my wifi, but I cannot. It connects but gives me a DNS error. It doesn't matter whether I am hard wired or on wifi.

I am running:

Win 7 Home Premium (64bit) on a compaq CQ62-225NR Notebook with a Vision AMD Athlon II P320 Dual-Core processor.2.10 ghz with 3.00 GB ram (2.74 GB usable)

It contains an Atheros AR9285 802.11 b/g/n WiFi adapter
Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller
Realtek High Definition Audio
Built in pointing device (mouse pad) with a wireless mouse connected through USB 2.0 port.

hard drive: Hitachi HTS725032A9A364 SATA Disk Device

Apparently, for some unknown reason, my computer networking modules can connect to but won't or can't talk to the cable modem/router supplied by my ISP (Charter Communications) but can access the internet though any other wifi serv... Read more

Answer:Unable to connect to home network but can to any other network

Connect the system to your network and then
please get a command prompt (Start->RUN->CMD) and enter ipconfig /all >myTcp.txt
follow-up with the attachment myTcp.txt which will be in the directory shown in the CMD prompt window.

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Trying to connect my home pc to a NTL or BT network. I have had
this pc previously connected to a fibre optic network and has
an ethernet card installed. I assume that I must remove this card
and install a modem card suitable to connect onto a telephone
network. I have the necessary cable to connect from the
pc to the telephone wall socket. What modem card is suitable
for this purpose.

Answer:How do I network a standalone home computer to a NTL/BT network

Depends on whether you want Broadband or just plain old dialup.

If you want BTOpenworld Broadband, they supply the ADSL modem (an Alcatel) and it connects to a USB port on your PC. You can leave the Ethernet card in the PC in case you ever need it again.

Not sure about NTL, but their broadband may require an ethernet card to connect to the ADSL router they supply.

For plain old dialup, just about any 56K modem will do. They are normally supplied with a cable to connect to the phone socket. Again you can leave the ethernet card in there, and would only need to remove it if you need to free up a PCI slot.

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just wondering guys my system is set as a private network but does that have any limitations ? i mean its a home computer so i dont know how i managed to set it as that thanks

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I have two devices connected to my home wireless network, my phone and my laptop. Recently my network has disappeared from the laptop's list of networks. This did not happen with my phone, which works fine. By disappeared I mean my home network cannot be discovered by my laptop. This is not a connection issue because I cannot find the network to connect to. I do not have this problem with any other wireless network. I followed the various command prompts suggested by Microsoft's troubleshooting guide ( Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Hi everyone, quick story to detail my exact problem, though this thread showed the same problem with no working solution for me:

I installed Win8 on a separate partition (use Win7 Ultimate x64 normally) and was using it. It worked fine. I connected my iPhone to charge it when the phone automatically activated a tethering app. This instantly switched my wired network connection to the USB connection, which I immediately disabled. As soon as I did that my wired connection (my hard wire internet, not the tethered iPhone connection) stopped working and showed the network only as "Unidentified network). Thus the error.

Now I followed all of the instructions in the previously linked thread. I even reformatted my hard drive, to no avail. Microsoft support wants me to pay (not gonna happen). Furthermore, I know it isn't a router or actual network issue because my desktop is the only machine with that problem. My xbox 360 was streaming TV over the same network when it all occurred, and it is doing so as I type this. I switched the cables, obviously rebooted multiple time, the whole nine yards.

What makes it worse is every time I try to diagnose the problem, Windows just tells me to reset my router. I even tried that, but obviously it didn't work. After every reboot my IP changes back to a 169 address ( Every time I manually set it, no change. It seems like no matter what I do it won't get fixed.

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Answer:Unidentified Network error for home network

It sounds like your machine is having a hard time picking up the router. The 169 address is what you get when the router isn't being picked up by the machine. It's like a generic IP that Msoft uses when nothing is available.

You also take your chances plugging anything Apple into a Windows PC, seems to be when the problem started. That is what the entire Bonjour fiasco is about.

Have you tried updating the firmware on your router because something doesn't seem right there.

Updating the drivers might also be good advice. You haven't listed any system specs so I can't do that for you.

If all else fails you could try typing your default gateway from your router into your IPv4 settings window. The link below shows you how.

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Dumb question here: I have just one computer. When I connect to the internet via dial-up, my computer says I'm part of a network and it wants me to choose between Public Network and Home Network.

I'm assuming the "network" detected is my dial-up connection and that I should choose "Public Network". Am I assuming correctly, or is my network type selection irrelevant to my dial-up settings.


Answer:Home Network, Public Network & Dial-Up

The security is different between the two. Unless you are out looking for wifi hot spots "public", then you should use the Home networking feature, although the workgroup may work better for you.

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Ladies and Gents:

Setting up home LAN network for 4 computers.
1. Ran Network Wizard from Base Computer running XP O/S and Free Zonealarm.
2. Configured other computers on network.

A. Win98, sharing files and printers turned on. Some folders configured.​ i. 2003 NFW​ Result: After selecting NETWORK NEIGHBORHOOD>ENTIRE NETWORK page is blank. The only computer listed (under its designated name) is the shared file list from this computer. I can see the file icons, but only those residing on this computer.​
B. WinME, sharing files and printers turned on.​ i. Free Zonealarm​ Result: After selecting NETWORK NEIGHBORHOOD>ENTIRE NETWORK, folder is empty, receive prompt: "Network is not available."​
C. Win2000, sharing files and printers turned on.​ i. 2003 NFW ​ Result: WinXP Network Wizard does not work with Win2000. Setup manually. After selecting NETWORK NEIGHBORHOOD>Computers Near Me> response: "The list of servers for this workgroup is not available."​
D. WinXP, Base Computer​ i. Free Zonealarm​ Result: After selecting NETWORK NEIGHBORHOOD>ENTIRE NETWORK COMPUTERS, icons for Base, 2A. & 2B. appear (2C. is missing).
Select Icon, "The network path was not found".​
Notes: Why four O/S? That is what the computers came with.

Seems to be a firewall issue. Tried to check this but not finding anything obvious (to me) that might open the network.

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Answer:Solved: 4 Cptrs, 4 O/S, home network, NETWORK NOT AVAILABLE

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I am setting up a little network within my house. Currently I have just one system and it is running Windows XP Pro. I have a DSL connection and I just bought a Linksys 4 port switch with router (according to the box it also serves as a DHCP server). My second system that I just put together last night is only sitting needing a operating system.

Due to price, I was thinking of just getting Windows XP Home. However, I wanted to know how it would impact my ability to network and function vs. the Pro version. Is Pro worth the extra $100.00?

Can I map network drives, run virus scans from one location, share all files, perform cross backups between the computers, etc?

(I plan on adding a third computer in within the next 6 months)

Answer:Pro vs. Home for a small home network...

You dont need PRO unless that comp is joining a domain.
I personally would not run XP Home but that's just me.

And yea the router will give out IP addresses dynamically (DHCP).

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I am having a problem with Home Networking a XP-Home to XP-Pro computer. The connection is through a wired router. Both XPs have SP-3 & rollups. I set them up with a workgroup "ball" (just a name for example), have checked the simple file setting and just about everything else I can think of or find on the web.

Here's my problem:

The XP-Home computer can see the XP-Pro computer and drag any files it wants from the Pro to the Home computer.

However, the XP-Pro cannot see the XP-Home computer. On the Pro computer, I cannot find any other computer other than itself in the "ball" workgroup, under the Entire Network/MS Windows Network. In addition, although I can drag files from the Pro to the Home, I cannot move them from the Home to the Pro even though the Pro's folder that it is supposed to go to is right there on the XP-Home computer.

To clarify it a bit, If the Pro could see the Home, I would drag it from the Home to the Pro. As the Pro cannot see the Home, I tried to drag (send) it from the Home to the Pro using the Home computer. No luck as I mentioned above.

I get an Error message saying >Cannot create or replace the file: Access is denied. Make sure the disk is not full or write protected and that the file is not currently in use<. Well, I checked all the error mentioned and there should have been no problem.

Thanks for all your help. I really appreciate it.


Answer:Home Network XP-Home to XP-Pro Problem

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I have two computers I put on a home network how do I access that network if I'm not at home. I tried using the remote acess but it doesn't work any suggestions to what I'm doing wrong
. both computers are on windows 7 pro and ultimate

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Hi - my first post so please be gentle with me. I have an IBM R50 laptop running XP Home SP3 and a Dell desktop running XP Pro SP3. i have a printer connected to the Dell desktop. I have two accounts on the laptop - both set as administrator users. From one I can always print to the shared printer over the home network without a problem however from the other I cannot and I get an access denied message. Using this same account if I try to access a shared folder on the desktop then I am prompted to login, which I do using the Guest account. After that I can then print OK.
Question is, why with one of the accounts on the laptop does it always work OK whereas with the other it doesn't unless I try to access a network share first. I cannot see any differences between the way the two accounts have been setup. I'm guessing that when I try to access the printer XP is using the Guest account to gain access to the desktop and failing with one account but not the other. Once authentication has taken place by accessing a share then its OK. How do I get XP to automatically authenticate when I try to access the shared printer ?
Any help much appreciated.


Answer:XP Home - Cannot print on home network

You would need to have a user setup on the desktop that has the same username/password as the laptop.

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--edit, see my second post...

This is supposed to be easy?

OK, first I have a desktop, win 7 pro 64. I never thought I'd own a laptop, need networks so I might have disabled something at some point.
(I've disabled everything I don't need for performance reasons - game/graphics rig)

It has 2 ethernet connections. 1 is to modem. 2 is open.

I recently bought a laptop, win 7 home premium 64.

So time for file sharing. Bought a crossover network cable.

Trying to set up a home network. Works on the laptop, but going through all the troubleshooters and all I get on the PC is 'cannot add home network to this computer'.

I can see and get into my PC from the laptop, but the PC won't register a network OR my laptop. (I actually want the opposite as it's easier to use the PC for transfers/work/etc...)

None of the troubleshooting in Win7Pro PC is working, any ideas?

(I've set both clocks to internet time, I have everything open to file sharing on both machines)


I did just notice that when I turn on file and printer sharing in network & sharing/advanced settings and hit save changes,

everytime I reopen the window it's set back to off. Doesn't matter how many times i turn it on and save, it always gets turned off again.

Answer:win7 home prem desktop/win7 pro home network issues

Quote: Originally Posted by Baddcog

This is supposed to be easy?

OK, first I have a desktop, win 7 pro 64. I never thought I'd own a laptop, need networks so I might have disabled something at some point.
(I've disabled everything I don't need for performance reasons - game/graphics rig)

It has 2 ethernet connections. 1 is to modem. 2 is open.

I recently bought a laptop, win 7 home premium 64.

So time for file sharing. Bought a crossover network cable.

Trying to set up a home network. Works on the laptop, but going through all the troubleshooters and all I get on the PC is 'cannot add home network to this computer'.

I can see and get into my PC from the laptop, but the PC won't register a network OR my laptop. (I actually want the opposite as it's easier to use the PC for transfers/work/etc...)

None of the troubleshooting in Win7Pro PC is working, any ideas?

(I've set both clocks to internet time, I have everything open to file sharing on both machines)


I did just notice that when I turn on file and printer sharing in network & sharing/advanced settings and hit save changes,

everytime I reopen the window it's set back to off. Doesn't matter how many times i turn it on and save, it always gets turned off again.

The problem is in bold. Once you disable those services all bets are off on the network sharing being functional until all your required networking services are all enabled and set to automati... Read more

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is it possible to wireless network between these 2 versions of xp?

never had any problems before instaling mce, on one of my home computers.

my laptop is recognising the mediacentre on my network places, but when i click on it i get a message that i con not connect?
and the mediacentre will only see my router homepage.


Answer:can not network xp home - xp mce over my wireless network?

Sure, it's not an issue.

For each computer, please do this. Follow the instructions exactly.

Start, Run, CMD to open a command prompt:

Type the following two commands:

nbtstat -n

ipconfig /all

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
Paste the results in a message here.

If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB disk, or a CD-RW disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.

Also, I'd like some information.

Please supply the following info, exact make and models of the equipment please.
Make/model of the broadband modem.
Make/model of the router.
Connection type, wired, wireless.
If wireless, encryption used, (WEP, WPA, WPA2, etc.)
Make/model of your computer (motherboard if home-built).
Version and patch level of Windows on all affected machines, i.e. XP-Home (or XP-Pro), SP2, Vista, etc.

Also, please give an exact description of your problem symptoms, including the exact text of any error messages.

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I have to computers on my home network. One laptop (dell) and one PC (custom build). I have XP home with SP2 and AVG 7.1 antivirus on both. I have run the network setup on both computers several times to no avail. They are connected through a linksys cable router.

The internet works fine on both and i can ping the computers from the other without a problem. When i try to connect via run->\\12.345.67.8 i get an error saying path not found. They are on the same workgroup, and windows firewall is off on both comuters

help please. I recently formated by PC and put all my music on the laptop and i want it back on the PC


Answer:Cannot see network Computer on home network

ive got a d-link router that does the same thing. if you've got a crossover network cable, i suggest just connecting the two computers directly. gave up on home networking a while ago. good luck

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I recently changed ISP and must have changed the default settings.
I can't remember what the settings were before: I didn't take much notice because everything was working as it should.

Since I chose the wrong network I'm having problems connecting to certain websites and even trying to login into my Synology account: I got this to work by (if I remember correctly) putting the Synology account on a 'whitelist'.

My Network is showing as 'Public Network', but how do I change it to show 'Home Network'?

I ask, because MinimWatch is not working due to me choosing the wrong type of Network.
The way to fix it is to choose 'Home Network', but I can't find a way how to do this.

I did follow a tutorial on how to change between 'public and private' (Network Location - Set to Private or Public in Windows 8) but the options that should be showing, don't show up when I right click my network connection.

Will I have to change 'wifi' and 'ethernet' to 'Home Network'?

I'm completely stuck now.

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Hello. This is the first time I have been on the forum. I'm using a different computer than what I'm writing about (just to let you know). The hard disk in the CQ2009f needs to be replaced. As of right now, the only thing that would work is to network boot, as it needs to run Windows XP. Both computers, the desktop and netbook, have XP and were home networked with the home networking wizard. My question therefore is whether the desktop can boot off the netbook using the home network--not a server. I'm totally new to this whole thing--this really is curiousity. Both computers have an activated copy of XP, if anyone is curious.

Answer:Network boot with home network XP

Are you proposing to boot XP from a network share rather than a local hard disk?I understand that this has been done but I would consider it highly impractical for home use. I don't think it could be done with a standard version of Windows.

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Long story extremelt short. My network was working, router died, put old router back on network with same ssid and password. PC's get online but thats it, can't for my life get them to share files so gonna wipe the slate and start over.

Heres the problem. I do not have the patience to try to hunt down every setting I changed when I setup my home network months ago so is there an easy way to set all netwok, sharing and related settings back to default in W7? If I can do that I can have everything back up and running in 30 mins tops but I'm just too frazzled atm to fix this.

Answer:Home network went "KABOOM" Easy way to reset all sharing/network settings in W7?

Network & Sharing Center -> Troubleshoot Problems?

It's on the bottom of the page, I have used it before to help get a client back online over the phone.

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Running Windows XP Home Service Pack 2

It seems that what I'm trying to do should be simple. Yet I've literally been trying to do it for over a year. I stumbled upon this forum, so maybe you can make my dreams come true and actually give me a shared network *angels singing*.

Keep in mind, I once had a shared network and everything was fine. Then one day, it mysteriously stopped, and hasn't run since, even after hundreds (literally) of attempts to set it up again.

For the moment, all I want to do is have my computer (we'll call this computer, "Sony Laptop") appear in its own "My Network Places" window - not concerned with the other networked computer at the moment. I have tried "Set up a home or small office network" and "set up a wireless network for a home or small office" dozens of times, chosen every single combination possible, completed them, restarted, but "Sony Laptop" still never appears in "My Network Places." I cannot for the life of me understand it.

If that's all the info you need, please respond. If you want more observations, read below:


FRY'S DESKTOP is connected to BELKIN ROUTER via *ethernet*
SONY LAPTOP is connected to BELKIN ROUTER via *wireless*

-- ethernet ----- FRY'S DESKTOP
--wireless -------SONY LAPTOP

I can receive wireless internet with the SONY LAPTOP through the BELK... Read more

Answer:Windows XP Home "My Network Places" refusing to show network computers

You need to look at the dependency list for each service. In the case of Computer Browser, it's Workstation and Server.

Since Workstation is failing, that's probably the place to start.

Do you have WKSSVC.DLL in C:\Windows\system32? That's the workstation service, and it appears to be the missing module. I'd first try copying that from the installation disk, if it's missing, and then register it too by:

Start, Run, regsvr32 wkssvc.dll

If you can't find the DLL, you can run sfc /scannow to restore missing files.

A shortcut may be to download the file from DLL Dump and register it as described above.

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Setup is 3 desktops and 1 laptop with broadband through a Belkin router. One cable link works Ok and wireless to laptop is fine - all have Win XP Pro. But the PC with XP Home will not work with wireless even thogh it is enabled. It does not see the network. Is the fault within the setup or will XP Home not work in a network other than 1 to 1 ?

Answer:Is XP Home OK for home network?

You have to find out why the XP Home machine is not recognising the network. Until you have communication, the rest wont fall into here for further information.

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Hopefully a simple one but unable to figure out a default setting.

Simply for the home desktop and want to share with other kit on the home network.

When I boot up it appears I have to always tweak the settings :

1) Control Panel > System > Change settings > Network ID and select under "Select the option that best describes your network" so I opt for I tick "this is a home computer; it's not part of a business network."

2 )The reboot.

All works fine and all devices can be seen and read/write in accordance with the appropriate share settings.

Now the issue is when I next reboot the

Control Panel > System > Change settings > Network ID and select under "Select the option that best describes your network" will default to "This computer is part of a business network; I use it to connect to other computers at work".

So I have to got through steps 1 and 2 again.

How to I get Windows 8.1Pro x64 to default to the "this is a home computer; it's not part of a business network." on each boot without having to manual configure.

Thanks for your time as usual.

Answer:Dafult boot for Home Network ""this is a home computer..."

One it is because you are switching back and forth between two different networks. Second Windows Firewall is borked. You may have to open a Command Window and run sfc /scannow . To see if that fixes it.

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Hi I am trying to create a network between my two laptops, one has vista home premium and the other has XP home. I want to network them wirelessly using my linksys router

Answer:Network vista laptop with XP home laptop over wireless network

Look here on what your looking to do, gauge the security risk's carefully.One good way is to use VNC virtual networking client, but if you opt for this option and both laptops are connected 24/7 to the internet without the protection of a hardware firewall then choosing secure passwords is a must as is buying a virtual private networking firewall like a DrayTrek.

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Trying to setup a simple network at home. A desktop, running XP Home edtion, w/SP2, and a laptop with a Dell wireless lan card, also running XP Home w/SP2.
Desktop has Zone Alarm, laptop, Windows Firewall. Both have file, printer sharing enabled.

From desktop I can ping IPlaptop, 0 packets lost
From laptop I can ping IPdesktop, 0 packets lost.

From desktop: Start - Run - \\Iplaptop, get exploer window showing laptop shares
From laptop: Start - Run - \\IPdesktop, get error message "Network Path Was Not Found"

I have tried turning off all firewalls, Zone Alarm, and Windows fire wall in desktop, and
Windows Firewall in laptop, same error message.

I have checked, Workstation, Server, Computer Browser, and TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper, serivces in bothe laptop, and desktop, and they are all "Started" in both machines. .

I am trying to setup file/printer sharing in both directions, from desktop, to laptop, and laptop to desktop.

Any sugesstions ?

Answer:"Network Path Was Not Found" Home Network

Sounds like you've done your homework, and a lot of trouble shooting, John.

I'd next try uninstalling Zone Alarm and see if that makes a difference.

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Stimulated by FJ's enquiry, I am interested in doing same. I have two Win98 pcs. One is BT broadband connected via USB alcatel "modem". I want to allow the second PC to connect to the internet via the first( when it's on as my wife and I often work at same time ). I am confused by the range of products( routers, hubs, protocol g, b, wifi??) and steps neccessary and would be very grateful for some concise instructions. eg stick a X PCI card in both PCs and on the non-connected PC do this and this.

Answer:Another how to network 2 home PCs

The following assumes that your Alcatel modem connects to your first PC (server)by USB connector. Purchase two 10/100 ethernet PCI cards, one for each PC and one cat 5 crossover cable to connect the two. Setup is easy enough using network wizard. click here for more info.

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Question: Home network

i have two computers that i want on local network so i can share some files. they both run xp and i have had them share files before. but on this computer i had to reformat it completely becuase of a virus. however, i cannt remember how to get the computers back on a network. I cant quite seem to get them to see eachother in a workgroup. the workgroup is the same name. It says i dont have access to it.

Answer:Home network

Did you enable file and printer sharing on the computer when you reinstalled xp? And share the folders and printers on it that you want to share?

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OK...I know I have probably overlooked something small and stupid and it's preventing me from doing what I want to do but here's the deal...

I have a laptop and a desktop and a wireless router...I can see both computers...From the laptop I can access my desktop and the files I have shared on it. From the desktop I can see the laptop...I can access the shared public folder only but not the other shared folders on the laptop. I keep getting access denied and can't figure out how come I can get into the shared public but none of the other shared folders. Any suggestions?

I'm running Vista on both...Home Premium...Only difference is the laptop is running the 64 bit version but that shouldn't matter.

Please, anyone???

Thank you!

Answer:Home Network

Change the share settings for "Everyone" and permit them to have full control.

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I am new to this forum and also new to any knind of networking of any knind. I have a problem....

I bought a 100' Cat5e cable off of amazon and ran it through the wall and to the downstairs TV. I hooked it up and everything worked great. So I wanted to install flush mount wall plates. So I cut the preinstalled connecters that came with the cable off and installed Cat5e jacks I purchased from Home Depot on each end. I then took two short cables and connected one from the downstairs wall jack to my TV and the other from the router to the upstairs wall jack. To my suprise it wouldnt work. I tried all kinds of different wiring configurations thinking that maybe the wiring needed to be reversed somehow or something but I cannot for the life of me figure out what needs to be done. Please help!

Answer:Home Network

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Question: home network

I have one desktop running ME, two laptops, one running XP the othe WIN2K. I have a router they all connect to.

I want all three of them to see each other (so to speak). I tried to run the XP Home networking wizard which created an .exe for me to run on the other computers. I am unble to run the exe on the win2k laptop, but can run on the ME desktop. When I run the .exe on the win2k, I get a message that reads for me to do the configuartion, the .exe will not work.

What do I have to do to make all three computers see each other? I just need some simple instructions. I know it can't be that difficult, but everything I read seems like Greek to me.

Thanks in advance for help.


Answer:home network

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Hello. I want to set up my home network to be able to view any files from any computer and for my laptop computers to be able to print from my desktop. I have set up printer sharing on the desktop, but when I go to my laptop to add a network printer, it can't be located.

I am running Vista on my desktop and Windows 7 on my laptop. I can view the desktop on my laptop's network map, but when I click the icon, it says

\\STEPHANIE-PC is not accessible.

Logon failure: user account restriction. Possible reasons are blank passwords not allowed, logon hour restrictions, or a policy restriction has been enforced.

Where can I start looking for possible fixes? Would really enjoy being able to hit print on the laptop and have it send it straight to the computer.


Answer:Help with Home Network

What printer do you have?

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Hi guys i am new here and hope someone can help me,
i am running vista 32 bit ultimate conected to a home network using a linksys usb2 wireless adapter, when i boot the pc up all goes fine but when i use the internet or try to use the machine it becomes slow and often get the "not resonding "message up,when i look in the task manager under the network tab the network utilization is spiking up and down going from 30%to 90% and cpu usage is also quite high,after maybe 60 minutes or so the network utilization drops off to about 1% to say 10% depending on what i ask it to do and the pc is blisteringly fast again as if nothing wrong ,now if i boot the pc up with the adapter unplugged then plug it in after desktop has loaded, it finds the connection ok and every thing is normal in the task manager and it runs ok, has anyone got any ideas,they will be greatly recieved,please go steady as i am not exactly a beginner but still a novice , cheers..

Answer:Home Network

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Question: home network

I have a bt home network 1200 on an xp computer.i can get broadband on both computers but i cannot link the 2 together. i have uninstalled & reinstalled several times, run the network wizard etc. the gateway site shows the computers as part of the network but they cannot recognise each other. any ideas?

Answer:home network

or Ethernet network?Do both machines run WindowsXP?Did you give both computers the same workgroup name when you set up the network? Have you enabled file sharing on the resources that you want to access from one machine to the other?

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i have just bought laptop with wifi.
i got the internet to work on the laptop via wifi.. (pretty cool)
now i want to be able to access my desktop files that is connected to the wireless router via ethernet.

desktop is runnign win 2000 sp4 and laptop is running win xp home..

how do i do it?

Answer:how do i set up the home network
If you want to use NetBEUI

Or you can try any of several dozen or so others you can get to with a simple google search. This forum is for when you run into trouble more than writing articles or How-To's. Let us know how it goes of if you have specific questions.

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I just changed my wap's firmware to Tomato and have been playing around with Qos on it. Overall I am really happy with the improvements Tomato has added over the stock linksys firmware.

The main reason I setup Qos is because I torrent a lot from home and its nice to have it set to the lowest setting so my web browsing is super speedy. I have yet to play around with what ports my online games use, but that will come. Another reason I changed firmware is because I am getting ready to get myself a home server to run a website and home multimedia server.

Anyways I was wondering if anyone used Qos at home. At most it gets 3 users on a 6mb Comcast cable connection.

Answer:Do you use Qos on your home network?

Yes, after getting spoiled by it...I cannot live without it.

PFSense. Gaming top priority, and VoIP. 5x computers in the house, often 3 of them going pretty hard on the 'net. 2 of them gaming hard, the boy frequently downloading also. I MUST have top notch pings while playing Battlefield or other FPS games. They can do whatever they want with their pings stay nice and stable.

Without it..if the wife is online shopping hard while I was playing, or the kid went to download stuff..I'd see my pings skyrocket and I'd want to run over and unplug their computers.

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Question: Home pc Network

I have recently installed a second pc at home. I have an Ntl Broadband service through a set top box to pc 1. I would like to network so that pc 2 can also use email and surf the web, but I am not sure whether I can connect a second cable to my set top box or should I go directly through pc 1. How can I achieve this?

Answer:Home pc Network - Setting up Internet Connection Sharingclick hereSharing Your Internet Connectionclick hereWindows XP: Set Up and Use Internet Connection Sharingclick here

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Question: VPN & Home Network

I have a Home Network with several storage devices (SnapServers). However, when I connected to the office via my VPN connection, I am unable to access the devices on my Home Network. Is there any way around this?

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i have a two desktop computer and i want to share both computer harddrive how do i do? i have already speed good time figuring out and no luck and i'm using AVG software for my AntiVirus

I'm using VISTA 32 bit OS

i have computerA and computerB, i want computerA to see computerB and vice versa.

i have a wireless router

computerA is hooked through the dsl cable wire (directly)
comupterB is a wireless connected

if i clicked:
Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center\View full map than i can see my computerA and computerB and when i try to click on compuerB (from computerA) than nothing happens.

i have the same name (WORKGROUP) on both computers

also the below services automatically started.

--SSDP Discovery
--TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
--Computer Browser

what else is going on ?


Answer:i need help - my home network

so were assuming you have filesharing/public folder sharing/media sharing switched on via network and sharing center?

and you have configured your firewall to a "networked" computer too?

You still wont be able to access the entire hard drive though you do realise that too , just the public stuff , although i think you can alter this through the permissions settings of the folders themselves

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iv been trying to set up a home network for ages now, iv never don this before and im using one laptop with xp home and my desktop is a vista home premium. could someone please help me, they are connected to a router via ethernet cable, any help would be much appreciated

Answer:Trying to set up a home network

first the wiring;

modem---(wan-side)-router-(lan-side) ---- your systems
each system needs to use DHCP to acquire TCP setup from the router.

use CP->Network Connections->Lan Connection
right-click->properties; pull down to Tcp/Ip and then click Properties Button
set DHCP for IP and DNS; click ok, ok

if working correctly, run->cmd and enter IPCONFIG /ALL
you will get Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:IP address
Gateway address
subnet mask
MAC address
DNS Addresses​at this point, the system can use a browser and your email

Print/File sharing is then configured if necessary

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I am planning to set up a home network with sharing

i have 1 pc and 2 laptops and i want them all in a home network to share the internet and also i have 3 500gb harddrives connected to my pc

so what i am looking to do is set up the home network so that we can share the harddrives over the network so while we are working on laptop using the wireless network we should be able to access the hard drives

can someone please help me doing this or if some can guide me to some type of tutorials that can help me achieve what i am looking for ??

Answer:How to set up home network?

There is a good issue in the current issue of Smart Computing on the grocery store magazine racks and book stores and Wal-Mart that is dedicated to setting up and maintaining home networks.
There is too much information, and too many options to post a useful help on this forum.
You will find some good stuff with a Gurgle search for "Home Network Setup"

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Question: Home network

I want to file share between two computers, different makes, using XP Home.

I have a wi-fi router between them with ethernet connecting both pc, then the wifi router is connecting to my modem for Internet connectivity.

I have run the Network Setup utility on both pc, then shared a partition on each computer and allowing files and folders to be changed from either computer to the other.

On the one computer I can see the new shared partition but the other isn't showing the shared partition.

I have modified the network name from MSHOME to my own but they match on each computer.

Plan would be to move the entire My Documents onto the larger capacity, newer computer allowing the older access when and if needed. The file sharing and manipulation of files is crucial due to moving all this content to one location.

Also, I can not see the shared partition showing on the new computer from the older computer. I am wanting to see each partition from either computer to work with My Documents and anything else in the shared partition.

Answer:Home network

Added two photo from the new pc, shows the networked, shared partition. The older pc has a partition with shared attribute but I am not seeing the shared partition as I can the newer pc.

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I have a peer to peer home network with 2 XP-Pro Machines (wireless laptops), a Win 7 Home Premium wireless laptop, my 4th PC is a tower, ethernet, that was running XP-Pro, but now is running Win 7 Pro 64bit. I can get the workgroup name entered, and see ONE of the XP machines, but not the other, and cannot get to the Win 7 Home Premium other than the share folder. I suspect that it is because I cannot enter the WEP key for the Win 7 Pro machine. Any guidance on how to do that (and/or anything else I need to do) would be gratefully appreciated. XP was so much easier to network.

Answer:Home Network XP Pro and Win 7 Pro - How?


I have the exact same network setup, except I have 2 xp pro desktops and 2 Win 7 enterprise 64bit laptops. The first thing I did was to create a network/workgroup on one of the xp pro machines. Then I attached the other xp pro machine to that network/workgroup. Next, I checked my network settings on both of my Win7 machines.(make sure the network discovery is turned "ON"). After that, you should be able to attach your Win7 machines to the network/workgroup. then click the windows button, computer. Look on the left side and you will see a NETWORK tab. click to the left of the NETWORK tab and it should give you a list of all the computers on your network/workgroup. Hope this helps!

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Hi all,

Any help would be much appreciated with this - We have 3 computers in our house, one old desktop running windows xp which is set up to be the host computer for our wireless network. One laptop, again quite old running windows xp with a wireless connection and one newish laptop running windows vista premium with a wireless connection.
For some reason and after changing nothing at all, the desktop pc cannot connect to the internet at all and after troubleshooting, finds a network cable unplugged although it isn't. The Laptop with xp now can connect to the internet, but none of the browsers appear to connect and no webpages can connect. The Vista laptop is completely fine, can connect to the internet with no problems and luckily I'm using it to write this plea for help!
I'm not really a particularly technical computer user and besides doing all of the usual very basic troubleshooting, I have no idea what else to try! I've tried restarting both the computers and the router, I've disconnected all cables from the router and connected them again, I've gone through numerous pages of troubleshooting help checking things like domains vs workplace but nothing I do seems to help?
Any ideas anyone?

Answer:Help with home network?

Try connecting the host computer to the internet router with a 'Crossover cable' it looks the same as a normal 'CAT5' cable but two of the wires inside cross over -thus the name- this should allow the router to register the gateway a bit clearer.

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Here is the story...

Friends mom got a pc, yay..go to setup the system, and its xp home,
and all hardware is good in the system. The system loads up fine..but
it goes to the grey screen ALWAYS even with no cdrom in the drive, to choose either
windows setup, or load has a 2 second window to pick.
if you run setup, it crashes and refers to doing a chkdsk /f on the system...
nothing shows on this thing at all in regards to a problem with the drive.
it thinks either bad drive or viruis...either way will probly re-install, wondering if its a xphome bug.

part 2 now.

the other pc which is brand new, its got a nvidia nic card integrated on the board, using nforce controller software. wow 234 page manual for a nic card. has command line interface and everything, neat but god overkill...anyway
the issue on this pc is the LAC and 1394 vanished, leaving only the ppp dialer for the dsl setup, removal and reinstall of the drivers will be done tonight. but wonderin if anyone else has had this problem,


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Question: Home Network


I just recently obtained an old Win2000 computer. it is a P4 at 512md or ram with one NIC card. I erased the hard drive and put on Windows Server 2003.

I have a Belkin wireless router, one PC and a laptop.

I already have them sharing files but I wanted to know how I can make these machines operate more like an actual home network. I am open to all of your ideas......

Answer:Home Network

What are you trying to do? You already have a home network..

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Question: Home network...

I am trying to follow the 'wireless network wizard instructions' from 'Wireless network connection' for 'setup a wireless network for home or office' to connect my works xp pro laptop and my own xp home desktop. I am stuck. I have connected my USB to my laptop (start point), but when I take the USB and put it in to my desktop I am not sure what to do?, any ideas?...Regards,Mike

Answer:Home network...

click here

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Hey, i hav a bit of a problem with my home network. I have a built in Hub/router which has an adsl mobem built in. I have a pc downstairs linekd to it via cat5 cable, and the one i use upstairs is linked the router wirelessly. The router ahs automatically configured itself so both the computers can use the internet at the same time. However i cant set up a LAn, i have run the network wizard on the wireless pc and set up, hopefully, correctly. However when i run it downstairs the setup tells me it cannot configure the network correctly, and nothing is changed, What can i do to set up the network? Thanks in advance,Andy

Answer:Cant set up home network


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Question: home network

hello, i have 2 machines, one running 98se and the other xp , just installed a linksys router cabled to the xp machine and a linksys wirless adaptor to the 98se machine. connestion is good, internet fine but a can't share folders. i have file sharing turned on but nothing seems to work. i even installed network magic, it sees the other computer but does not see the shared folder. please help

Answer:home network

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Question: Home Network Help

We have moved into a very large home and we are currently using a wireless G setup. The signal is anemic at best and I was thinking of going to an Ethernet. The problem is that we do not want to share files and to have privacy between the PC's. One is a MAC and the other is a Windows based system. Can this be done?

Answer:Home Network Help

stevenfarrisohi said:

We have moved into a very large home and we are currently using a wireless G setup. The signal is anemic at best and I was thinking of going to an Ethernet. The problem is that we do not want to share files and to have privacy between the PC's. One is a MAC and the other is a Windows based system. Can this be done?Click to expand...

Which brand did you buy for wireless G. Even though dlink Xtreme N can be use G is pretty strong and can Dlink DIR-655. Depending on the size of your house if it's more than 1,400 sq then you'll need to get a wireless access point only if the DIR-655 can't cover the entire house.

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It's about time I fix my home network

I have had lots of difficulty getting my home network to share files/printing reliably. I have 4 computers on the network, 1 wired and 3 wireless. They all have no issue connecting to the internet. When I have tried pinging them by ip address sometimes I get results, sometimes I get timeouts. Pinging gets results as well as \\(my ip address)

Please help me make this network actually work

Here is some data I gathered:

Vista Home Premium:

Local Area Connection:
Node IpAddress: [] Scope Id: []

NetBIOS Local Name Table

Name Type Status
FAMILY <00> GROUP Registered
FAMILY <1E> GROUP Registered
FAMILY <1D> UNIQUE Registered
..__MSBROWSE__.<01> GROUP Registered

C:\Users\Nathan>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : NATHANSCOMPUTER
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-01-29-D3-EB-68
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : Read more

Answer:Help with home network

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Question: home network

Installed a belkin home network package between two computers.It was a realtek pci fast ethernet adapter.Both computers are running windows ME.The snag is both computers also load the generic NDIS 1394 net adapter from windows.As soon as the system sees two network drivers,it will not comunicate.I've tried disabling the 1394 but once the computers are pwitched off and powered up again,they are reloaded.Any ideas to get round this problem would be appreciatedRegardsBill

Answer:home network

If there is a line to load this under the startup tab of msconfig, untick it. (start - run - type msconfig and hit enter)

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Okay, I have a wireless WRT54G Linksys router, with a WMP54G desktop card. I enabled WEP (and tried WPA) to get my network secure but now my desktop wont connect to the router. It keeps saying Acquiring Network Address and it waits for the network to get ready, but it doesn't work. What am I doing wrong?

Answer:Help with home network

Make sure SSID broadcast is not turned off or otherwise in the case of Linksys's, it will not connect whatsoever. Also try changing the channels as well.

WEP and WPA keys are REAL easy to screw up so double check entries one character off means it will never authenticate and thus, no wireless.

Also, flash the WRT54g with newest firmware as its fixed some wireless stuff with newest versions. It also enhances the firewall, so no reason not to do it. Mines been running 6 months now with no problem, but I don't run WEP and WPA as its overkill where I live.

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Question: Home Network

Where could I find the easiest explanation of what i need, and how i can set up a home network?Thanks in advance

Answer:Home Network

click here

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Hi guys im planning to move over my old single core pentium 4 3ghz components inside a new case that houses multiple hdd's and running it as a server 24/7 with the following apps/purposes:

SAB nzb server
Tomcat server
File sharing server
Music streaming
Backup functionality.

I was wondering what's the best and easiest OS that can do all of the above. I don't mind a linux distro, in fact im leaning towards a linux OS as i want to learn it but wondering if maybe there is a linux OS that offers both ease of use setting up and also ability to tweak stuff even further.

I also want to access some of the above apps/services remotely via website link and even putty for any low level access.

cheers in advance

Answer:Best OS for Home network

How do you plan on streaming the music? Just simple file share or are you using an app. for it? Various versions of Windows has streaming tech in it. Backup, again depends on how you are doing it and what apps you want to use. File sharing is simple with most OS's. I'm not familiar with running a Tomcat or SAB nzb server, so that is someone else's ares to advise on.

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Hi all,

I have 2 PCs at home and would like to know what hardware I would need to network them so they can share files and my cable internet connection.

I'm a networking newbie and am thoroughly confused with the huge dizzling array of router products and different hardware requirements. I really hate to end up buying a bunch of hardware that are not compatible or not necessary at all. Hope I can get some pointers here.

I compared some firewalled routers and I am planning to buy a Netgear MR814 802.11b Wireless 4-Port Cable/DSL Router from website as they seem to have the best deal (29.94 after rebate) + free shipping. Here are my questions -

Questions with "CARDS" -
-I'm wondering if I also need to buy a network card (are they the same thing as "PC cards"?) for each of my computer?
-Could my newer computer already have one that came with my computer package? If I need 2 network cards, what is the best brand/model you'd recommend? I hope to get them in the same order as well.

Questions with "WIRELESS ADAPTOR"
-one of the product specifications listed for Netgear's router is "Ethernet adapter and cable OR 2.4 GHz Wireless adapter for each computer"
-I think my computer has an ethernet card, do I still need to buy an "Ethernet adapter and cale, or a wireless adapter" for each PC?
If yes, could you please recommend a good one for me?
If I need 2 wireless (pricey?) adapters for the Netgear ... Read more

Answer:What do I need to set up a home network for 2 PCs?

you just need a nic card(ethernet) in each computer and then connect to the router with straight through patch cables and set your router up for the computers to see each other

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Question: Home Network

I've been going in circles trying to establish my networks between my primary and secondary rigs. I have also been going in circles trying to put together the many tutorials on the forum for this purpose, but being that my short term memory is shot, the harder that I try, the more flustrated that I get.

I know that it was recommended to use a public network, but not really understanding that, I have been going for a home network. At the moment, on the secondary rig, going to the Network window, it shows only itself under Computer, but it shows both rigs under Media Devices. Clicking on Computer only show a Users folder Previously, I had the printer showing on the secondary as a network printer, but for some reason, that has disappeared, and the wizard doesn't find it again.

On the primary, it only sees itself, with three items listed, both accounts and the computer. Click on the computer, it shows 4 folders..."d", "Users" "and Documents" plus the printer

I have tried to use the Homegroup passwords, but each time that I try, it fails on both rigs. I'm not exactly certain what I should see with the network properly working, so I'm groping in the dark. Anyone have a light?

Answer:Home Network

How are your rigs connected to the network?

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I am clueless when it comes to networking. Right now, I have wireless at my house-I am running a Gateway Homeportal. This connects directly to the phone line, as well as one computer. I can connect to this via wireless with a password. I think that it is only 802.11b, and would like to make it faster. I know that the connection can only be as fast as the internet service provided, but can I get something like this to boost range (and speed a little)? If so, how would I set it up? Thanks for the help.

Answer:Help with home network please

Well, yes. BB is a bit pricey, probably could find it cheaper elsewhere. The N protocol is overkill for your needs, A/B/G should be more than enough, but it couldnt hurt to have the overhead.

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Question: Home Network

Hi there, Iam trying to set up a home network. I have installed a Netgear DG834G wireless modem router on to my PC, with ethernet cable, and am trying to wirelessly link with another PC and a new laptop.I have bought and installed a USB adaptor on the other computer, and the laptop has one already installed. Both the other computer and the laptop appear to recognise the network but I can't get either of them to connect to the internet. Am I missing something quite obvious, or doing something stupid (Or both). Any help would me much appreciatedThanks

Answer:Home Network

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