Perhaps if you give some details of the kit you are trying to network, it might be possible to make some suggestions. I cannot see third-party software being any more "user-friendly" than the existing wizards.
ok here it goes!! i got an ethernet port on my main pc. i got ethernet port on my laptop. i got a speedtouch wireless router modem (bebox). i got two rj45 cables.
i want to be able to share files between my pc and laptop. i am able to share the internet. i tried the network wizard and created a work group on both pc and laptop. when i try to add a network place from the pc - it would show the laptop name under the work group but not the shared folder in the laptop.
ok!! when i do the same to my laptop then i can only view the work group but not the PC in the work group. i thought this could be due to tht TCP/IP settings so i had a look at both machines and they are both on automatic IP.
So, what is actually going on? i was successfully able to bridge my laptop and PC and using an ICS connection, i was able to share files, so why now that i got a router - i cannot connect. any suggestions???
If both PCs have internet access via the router then the network is set up properly and the IP addresses must be OK. Do you have any firewall software instaled which might be blocking access to the networked computers?
If you previously configured a firewall to allow access when you were running ICS, the settings may have to be updated because the router is allocating different IP addresses.