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See shared drives when wired, but not wireless

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by bimmersteve, Feb 28, 2007.

  1. bimmersteve

    bimmersteve LI Guru Member

    My home "network" is based on the Linksys WRT54G which in turn connects to a cable modem. The WRT54G is set up as a basic NAT router, with 64bit WEP on the wireless side. I have a NetGear WG-311T PCI Wireless NIC in a Mac G3 with an Orangeware driver, and have no trouble connecting it through the Linksys to the internet either with the wireless link or the built-in ethernet cable directly. The other machine is a Mac Pro connected directly to the router with an ethernet cable. Both Macs are running the latest version of OS X (10.4.9?)

    OK, with all the spec stuff out of the way, here's the weirdness (at least to me.) When I wire the G3 to one of the router ports using the built-in ethernet port and enable sharing for its two hard drives, I can see them from the Mac Pro, no problem. However, when I pull the wired connection from the G3 and switch to using the wireless connection, I am unable to reconnect with the G3's shared drives from the Mac Pro. Plug back in the ethernet cable, and all is well.

    I assume that the four wired ports are in effect acting as a simple hub and the need for bridging only comes when I am using the two different interface types. Is there some reasonable way to brute force forwarding or am I just stuck?

    Anybody got any other suggestion?

    Thanks,
    Bimmersteve
     
  2. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    You should be able to access via IP, not sure if you are doing that now or not and that may be part of your problem. When you plug in via ethernet you are getting one ip, then when you access via wireless you are getting another IP. However if you are sharing via name i have no viable reason at the moment. The ports on the router are acting like a switch, when you change to wireless in essence it is bridging but it should not affect seeing other machines.
     
  3. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Turn off AP Isolation in Wireless_Advanced.asp
     
  4. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Did not catch that one, but that would do it.
     
  5. bimmersteve

    bimmersteve LI Guru Member

    I thought AP Isolation only affected two wirelessly connected devices? Regardless, although I'm not sitting in front of it right now, I'm pretty sure I left it in the default config, which is off.

    For clarification's sake, some additional info on how everyone is connected and shows up:

    ...................Cable Modem
    ...........................|
    ......................WAN Port
    ......................24.x.x.x
    ......................WRT54GS
    .................../.......|........\
    ................./.........|........./_
    .............../...........|............\
    Wired Port 1.....Wired Port 2....Wireless Link
    192.168.1.100..192.168.1.101...192.168.1.102
    .....|.................................\...../
    Mac Pro.............................MacG3

    Again, as long as both computers have a wired connection, the MacPro can see the MacG3. As soon as I pull the link to wired port 2, the G3 disappears from the MacPro's world. I suspect I could telnet/ftp between the two, but living in a terminal shell and transferring files in binary sort of defeats all of the drag & drop elegance that a modern computer OS provides.

    What if I configure the WRT54G as a router and enable dynamic routing? Does that buy me anything?
     
  6. bimmersteve

    bimmersteve LI Guru Member

    Now it works!? A magic reboot?

    :redface: OK...don't ask me how...but after I moved the G3 to another room and rebooted it, now everything is as it should be. Although I swear I did multiple reboots when trying to solve this problem previously, apparently I got the order correct this time.

    FM I guess...:confused:
     

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