I tried posting this on the networking forum, but everyone seems asleep over there, so apologies... I am setting up a network using a ZyXEL 600 router and 2 PC's running XP home (sp2). Both are wired to the router and both can access the internet no probs. I've turned on file and printer sharing, turned on document sharing, run the networking wizard (many times) turned off windows firewall, added (i think) the computers to Nortons trusted zones (and now turned Norton off), checked that the workgroup name is the same on both computers and they each have different names. I've checked that the networking connections are set to auto. Rebooted. However, nothing shows up in My Network Places, I can't see the files on the other PC and I can't print from the computer that's not physically attached to the printer. What am I doing wrong (probably something stupid!)? I have successfully networked these 2 PC's before with a different router I checked the event logger and I seem to get a series of DCOM errors (10020 and now 10016) each time I boot.
It seems I couldn't connect this PC to the network 'cos a PC of the same name already existed on the network (yes, this one!), so I just renamed it and it connected! I guess when I installed the new router the PC was somehow assigned a new IP so I had 2 PCs with the same name but different addresses???