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File and Printer Sharing

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Anonymous, May 1, 2004.

  1. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    I have tried everything with my WRT54G network to get computers to share my printer and files.

    My computer is directly connected to the router (WRT54G) while my other computers are wirelessly connected. When I go to a computer that is wirelessly connected and try to install my shared harddrive and/or printer I'd enter the network area and see my computer's name, but nothing underneath it.

    Sometimes I can see my printer, but most of the time I can't. I can never see my drives. Yes all my drives and printer have sharedrive names and are open for sharing. How do I make this work?
  2. Smoky

    Smoky Network Guru Member

    ok go to each of the computers and right click on the hard drives you wish to share in there you will see something about sharing enable that give the drives a name and a good password seting up the printer is difrent depending on which operating system you are useing but hard drive sharing is basicly the same with all windows systems also make sure all computers belong to the same workgoup or they wont see each other and for the wireless machine's make sure its ssid's are the same as the workgroup
  3. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Which Windows version(s) and what network protocol(s) do you have on your computers?
  4. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    thanx, I got it figured out.

    I had the default firewall on my PC on, other PC's can access my CD drives, printer, and other things I decided to share. But still my computer does not recognize the other computers. Maybe its because my PC is directly connected to the router? I know the other PC's don't have firewalls enabled. One of my PCs has 2000, and its giving me trouble, but I'll blame it on the PC since it is very messed up with hardware problems and all.

    Also since my PC has a DVD drive, is it possible to see DVDs off my computer on another PC?

    My PC has XP Pro
    Another has XP Pro
    And the troublemaker has 2000 Pro

  5. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    They are all directly connected to the router - with or without wires :lol:

    I face the same problem sometimes when I help setup home LANs for friends with all their different Windows versions on their computers and usually adding another network protocol, such as NetBEUI or IPX/SPX, in addition to TCP/IP on all the machines solves the problem for me. I use NetBEUI since it doesn't require any configuration so there is less of a chance for any of my friends to mess up :p

    I am also assuming the WORKGROUP name is identical on each computer.

    Windows XP doesn't have NetBEUI built-in, but it is available on the setup CD. For more details, see http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;301041&Product=winxp.

    PS. Why are you using xp built-in firewall on one machine and not on the other? Have you tried switching the firewall off?
  6. Smoky

    Smoky Network Guru Member

    for the computer that doesnt see the other do this in any window type \\then the computers name some time my machines do this and i have to type them in automaticly then it will see them from then on untill something messes up again

    my main computer runs xp pro
    my secondary computer runs 2k pro
    and my storage computer runs 98se and it is wireless
    and they all work fine with each other :)
  7. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Thanx, now my PC can share drives too, I think it was because one of my pc's had a second firewall which I turned off.

    I still have to look around the 2000 Pro pc to disable its firewall..whereever it is.

    And anyone know about playing DVDs through a network?
  8. Smoky

    Smoky Network Guru Member

    i dont think 2000 has a built in firewall
  9. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    No it certainly doesn't.

    As for sharing DVD drive over a network, one can certainly map it to other computers on the network like a hard drive but they would not recognize it as a hardware drive, so even if the correct codecs have been installed, the player might not detect a network drive. It is no different from trying to get Nero or Roxio to burn to a networked CD writer.

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