Using a wireless netgear adsl router. Internet connection sharing works ok, but can't share files/printers over network. Host pc can ping client ok, but client can't ping host (times out). Have a suspicion client doesn't know it's the client as when i ran Network Setup Wizard on it the wizard never asked. Help!
<<<would i be ok running without the XP SP2 firewall and just using the routers?>>>
As the router and SP2's firewall both act only on incoming traffic, I would suggest installing something like Zone Alarm and disabling SP2's firewall. This will additionally control what programs in your PC can access the internet. Zone Alarm has a "trusted zone" in which you enter the IP addresses of the networked PCs so that traffic between them isn't blocked.
I would suspect that the SP2 firewall is preventing the file/printer sharing from working.