My Network won't Network

  Chris5 22:27 05 Oct 2004

I have two Pc's connected to a Netgear DG834G Modem/Router. One(running XP Pro) is connected by ethernet, the other(running 98SE) is connected by wireless. The Internet connection works perfectly on both, but they won't communicate with each other. I set up the network using XP's wizard. The one connected by wireless has a name, which shows correctly in the "attached devices" section of the router. The ethernet PC also has a name, but appears as "UNKNOWN" in the router. Research suggests that's because I have a software firewall on that PC which will block file sharing, so I've disabled it - made no difference at all. Anyone got any more suggestions ?

  Lectron 22:46 05 Oct 2004

When this happened to me it was because I had forgotten to 'share' the C: drives on my PC's (after reinstalling windows after a virus. It nearly drove me nuts till the penny dropped.

Another thought - is the XP firewall turned off? This can also stop one PC on a network seeing the other.

Good luck.

  applemac 22:52 05 Oct 2004

I am in a similar pickle re network. Using the same router and xp I just can't get the pc to see the router. I have used the ip settings suggested by netgear ip address is and router is When using th eping command I just can't get it tp see the router. Where am I going wrong.

  Jeffers22 22:53 05 Oct 2004

The default name for a local network in W98 is WORKGROUP, in XP it is MSHOME. Check these, also check they are both on the same subnet mask (type ipconfig /all from a command prompt on each machine) 255.255/255/0 (often/usually) (I had the devil of a job with the same problem when I set my network up (also netgear kit)

  Chris5 17:07 16 Oct 2004

Thanks for your help - finally cracked it this afternoon. The problem was caused by my Zone Alarm Firewall. The thing is, disabling it isn't enough. It has to be physically uninstalled before it gives up !

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