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Sharing and Keeping Connections

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by lovitts, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. lovitts

    lovitts LI Guru Member

    I've been working on this problem for 2+weeks now with no success. I'd appreciate any help you can offer.

    Here's my setup:
    WRT54G w/upgraded firmware 4.20.7
    Dell 700m wireless notebook - WindowsXP Home SP2
    Dell desktop - shared Dell 1700 printer - wired ethernet connection - WindowsXP Home SP2
    Maxtor Shared Storage Drive - wired ethernet connection

    With all firewalls and wireless security currently disabled, here's my problem(s):
    1. Notebook often loses ability to see/share with other two connections over the network. It can never share w/desktop. The notebook seems to lose its network connection, except the internet connection remains constant. After waiting (for seemingly random amounts of time) the notebook will again "find" the shared storage drive.

    2. Desktop always finds shared storage drive - no problem, BUT cannot share w/notebook.

    Automatically assigning IP addresses is enabled on router and desktop/notebook/shared storage.

    Can you please help me resolve these 2+ issues? Thank you.
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Did you setup shares on the drives by right-clicking the drive and selecting properties and the sharing tab. You have to det Network sharing on. In addition do you have printer and file sharing set in your network connections? You indicated you have all firewalls disabled, does that include the XP firewall? Do you have Zonealarm or any software firewall?
  3. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    how are you looking for the shares? through network neighborhood? if so are both computers on the same workgroup? have you tried connecting to the shares via IP address (ex: \\192.168.1.X\Sharename), this can sometimes be more reliable. Also are you 100% positive that your laptop is connecting to your wireless network? you can remove the other networks by going into change preferred order. Also is your wireless network called "linksys"?
  4. lovitts

    lovitts LI Guru Member

    Thanks for your replies...here are more details...still the same issues...

    I am looking for the shares through both network neighborhood and as mapped network drives...both work intermittently.
    They are on the same workgroup. I have tried IP address, but this is unreliable using DHCP.
    I am certain that I am only connecting to my wireless network. My network is named xhome - where x is my last name

    I did setup shares on the drives by right-clicking the drive and selecting properties and the sharing tab.

    Not sure what you mean by "You have to det Network sharing on." Printer and file sharing are enabled in network connections.
    XP firewall and F-secure firewall provided by my ISP are both disabled. No Zonealarm.

    Hope this info helps to continue diagnosing.
  5. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    Try this, i just stumbled across it yesterday...

    the beginning has some very generic tips but double check none the less. Possibly tip 4 could help based on the sporadic success your currently having.

    As for the IP's, you can use the clients MAC to assign a specific address which will allow you to keep the DHCP server on and at the same time always have the same IP address.
    Im assuming the mapped drives point to a computer name and not IP
    (ex \\lovitts\documents) so you could make sure that the netbios over tcp is enabled also.

    Maybe you have spyware on the system? aurora/nail etc?
  6. lovitts

    lovitts LI Guru Member

    I'll try it tonight

    Thanks for the response...that link looks like it could be helpful. I'm at work now, but I'll try it when I get home tonight and let you know how it goes.
  7. lovitts

    lovitts LI Guru Member

    Thank You

    I worked through all the steps in the article you suggested. It seems that there was a problem with my Browser service, and conflicting HOSTS files.

    So far (for about 12 hours, that is) the problems seem resolved.


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