Archive for July, 2006
The key to the issue is to add NetBIOS to your connection. If you are using hardwired conection with your hub in LAN properties click Install>Protocol>Add>NetBIOS>OK. Your firewall may still be in your way blocking you. In my case it’s Windows Live OneCare. I had to open that in “View or change settings” click firewall>advanced settings>Advanced there are few radio buttons one of them being “share them with all computers (even those on the Internet)” then click OK.
It would be safer of course while transferring files between computers via a hub/router you switch off your ADSL modem preventing any access from outside.
I was trying to set up a network of 2 computers via the hub in the router. It wasn’t easy at all.
It was supposed to be pretty easy as Windows has wizard to help me with that such as setting up computer name, description and workgroup etc. It went error free but I still couldn’t find the other computer on the network even with them hardwired.
I turned to the Free version of Network Magic at last as I have it installed on my notebook already further to recommendation by D-Link.
I have both computers connected before I felt too tired and transferred some files. I did it also on wireless mode from my notebook.
It turned out that, while I was on my bed still thinking about this hassle, it was Windows firewall that caused all these problems. I used Live OneCare on my both machines and I had to turn off the firewall completely on the receiving PC before transfer can be done. This could be the reason why both PC couldn’t see networked computers under the same workgroup even though the setup was error free.