Network - Computers cannot see each other

  powerless 21:37 24 Dec 2003

Using Windows XP HE SP1 with Netgear router DG834G.

Desktop Name: Axis

Laptop Name: Cinebook

Both on the workgroup: MSHOME

They are both connected to a router, the desktop through the LAN and the laptop on the Centrino, (wireless).

Both can access the internet with no trouble.

I do use Zonelarm but its switched off on both computers, as well is ICF.

The problem i am having is that both computers cannot see each other to share folders and printer, the printer is connected to the desktop via USB. I have the Network setup wizard but didnt seem to work...

If i go into MY network places and add a connection, both computers only find themselves on mshome.

Searching for computers finds nothing.

Know nothing on the networking...

  powerless 23:42 24 Dec 2003

Errrr well the problem Taran is that i had play about myself and now i'm sharing. Not only that but i've got it working through Zonealarm.

Why change the workroup to workgroup and not mshome?

Explain more security if you would...

  powerless 23:55 24 Dec 2003

Oh and i cannot print...

Laptop can see the printer and it says its printing but nothing comes out.

  powerless 22:25 25 Dec 2003


  powerless 19:21 26 Dec 2003

Well Taran I now have my printer working over the network.

Might as well try and do it myself (albeit a second time) and i got it printing.

It would seem i was not getting the option for the drivers. Secind time around i was given the option and they were downloaded.

Both computers can see each and share files, so that will do me.

As for the firewall, yes router has a built in firewall and it has the option to send you a report of activity via email and i just recieved over 200 emails of reports so, that was fun = I turned the email option off.

A few online "security scans" however have revelead a few closed ports!

  powerless 20:03 26 Dec 2003

Is it possible or someone else to view the shared docs folders?

i.e. Next door neighbour...

I dont want be "broadcasting" that i have a folder to view.

  powerless 17:13 28 Dec 2003

"When you say that " A few online "security scans" however have revelead a few closed ports!" I hope that was meant tongue in cheek and that all of your ports are actually closed and fully stealthed ?"

A scan at GRC:

0 Ports Open

9 Ports Closed

17 Ports Stealth

Ports found to be CLOSED were: 1024, 1025, 1026, 1027, 1028, 1029, 1030, 1720, 5000

Other than what is listed above, all ports are STEALTH.

5000 upnp is disabled on both machines but the router does have a disable and enable option for this port from the router settings.

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