I thought I'd got this wireless business sorted, but I've just set up a system consisting of a desktop machine and a laptop both running XP home. The desktop connects to a netgear wireless adsl router via an ethernet cable. The laptop uses a netgear usb adaptor. They work beautifully. However, there is also a windows 2000 pro machine with netgear wireless usb adaptor. I connects to the Interent without any problem, but it doesn't seem to matter what I do I cannot get it to see the rest of the network. The other two machines 'see' it as exisiting in the workgroup, but cannot access it (connection disallowed or similar). Has anybody got a mixed system like this, and if so, could you find the time to tell me what should be set to what on teh 2000 machine. Thanks
The network wizard has got me into a bit of trouble on Win2000 - so I'm reluctant to use it as I don't know what the instructions mean or what the consequences are. I'm familiar with the subnet mask etc in win98 but I don't recall even seeing it on the win2000 machine.
As a side issue, the wizard created a system which required administrator log on, then it wouldn't accept password. This was obviously the wrong route to go down, but now I can't delete it. I've now reconfigured the netwrok connection so that it asks for the original password, so I don't think that this is now a problem.
Still no joy. I'm sure I'm missing something somewhere. The other machines know that the 2000 machine is on the network so there can't be a problem over network name/identity. There is no problem with the comms because the 2000 machine can talk to the router. I assume that I should be looking in 'Computers near me' on the 2000 machine for the others. This is becoming more than annoying because the kit was bought specifically for sharing resources. Anybody got any other ideas?
TomJerry - thanks for that. Does that mean that when I set up 'identity' I need to set the ID of teh machine to whatever the name is, but that I then must make it a member of 'workgroup' rathyer than the name of the network - which the other machines belong to? Why couldn't they make all the OS systems use the same convention?