I need help to install a 2 pc Ethernet home network. I have one pc with XP SP2 and the other with ME. I am using a Belkin 4 port hub. Cannot configure the XP PC. Have used the Home net work Install wizard to no avail.. A Friend says that you cannot have a network with XP and ME, something to do with different Hard Disk formats. Is this correct/ Any help in resolving problem greatly appreciated
I have a belkin switch, not a router. My problem is setting up the network. The switch shows the cable connection as ok. However I cannott get the computers to talk to each other. I have set the file sharing on each. I have run the network set up on both. The ME computer, the client can see the host, but cannot access it. The host does not see the client.
XP installs with a firewall as default. I would suggest you get rid of ME, as even M$ has stopped supporting it. Then one XP machine will easily talk to another XP/2000/98 etc machine. Easy to setup in XP. ME was a dead dog from starters.
P.S. You should not connect a hub directly to a ADSL/Cable Modem. You need a router between the modem and the 'inside' world - then you can add the hub to a port on the router, to extend the number of ports only. The router is resposible for handling all internal/external in/out traffic via the modem. A hub is just a distributer of traffic with no inteligence. You can pick up a reasonable router for around £18-25 these days.