Wireless laptop, wired desktop won't connect to eachother

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by cleanliness, Apr 30, 2005.

  1. cleanliness

    cleanliness Network Guru Member

    I need some help PLEASE!! I've spent numerous days/hours trying to figure out how to connect my wireless laptop to my desktop which is connected to the WRT54G by an ethernet cable. When I try to set up a network linking the two computers I always can't connect from one compute to another. I do have internet access on both computers.

    If I start the network setup on my desktop and create the network setup disk and then run it on my laptop, both computers show up in the Workgroup on my desktop, but I can't access the laptop in the desktop workgroup. On the laptop I can't even access the workgroup. It says network path not found.

    Can anybody help me? I've been getting really frustrated. And there seems to be no help at all on the internet on how to connect a network in this fashion. I only see help on installing a completely wired network or a completely wireless network.

    The main thing I would like to be able to do is share files and a printer between the two. The printer is attached to the desktop.
  2. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    i am guessing that you are running xp with serice pack 2? so on your wireless computer right click the wireless icon. go to "change advanced settings" under "this conection uses the following items" you should see "client for microsoft networks" and should be checked. then you should see "File and printer sharing for microsoft networks" that should be checked. do the same for the wired comptuer

    make sure that none of the firewalls are blocking the connnection.

    if you can try and see if you could take the router out of the equation and put another router there there.

    if you are running 3rd party firmware (btw what firmware are u running) disable "loopback" in the mangament page.
  3. cleanliness

    cleanliness Network Guru Member

    THANKS! I got it working thanks to you! It was something as simple as the firewall settings! I have McAfee Firewall and I didn't think to set it up to allow the IP address for the computers in. THANKS AGAIN!
  4. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    Your welcome
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