Cant' find the other computer on the LAN!

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by jurgen123, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. jurgen123

    jurgen123 LI Guru Member

    I installed my new Linksys WRT54GL yesterday and I uploaded the Tomato-firmware 1.06. Everything is running fine but with one (major) problem. I can't find any of my computer on the LAN. Their "Sharing folders" can't be found. When I try to use the function "View workgroup computers" Windows says it can't find the workgroup. All the computer are in the same workgroups and it worked fine with my old D-LINK router yesterday.

    One more odd thing is that I can ping one of the computer that are using the WLAN (the computer I'm using is also using WLAN). But when I ping a computer on wired connection it time out.

    All the computers are using Windows XP Pro. Any help or advice is appreciated.

  2. azeari

    azeari LI Guru Member

    its strange cuz i don't have this issue. one qn: do the other coms show up to each other on the workgroup?
  3. jurgen123

    jurgen123 LI Guru Member

    I managed to get it to work by installing IPX-protocol on both computers and turning off Windows Firewall on both computers. Now I can ping the computer I couldn't before both from inside my router and from my laptop with WLAN.

    And I can view the workgroup and see the computers I turned OFF the firewall on. But the ones with the firewall ON can't be found so I guess I will have to turn them off to. Strange thing that I didn't need to do that with my old D-LINK router.

  4. bokh

    bokh Network Guru Member

    You only need IPX when dealing with Novell-clients and -servers. "ping" has nothing to do with IPX, it's made for TCP/IP.
    I only use TCP/IP in my LAN and so should you (unless you're connecting to Novell NetWare). Try checking if all connected computers (incl. the Linksys) are in the same subnet, share the same subnetmask, etc.
  5. stangri

    stangri LI Guru Member

    Yeah, file sharing works fine over TCP/IP with no other protocols. The firewalls (both windows built-in and a third-party) can be blocking it, some Windows customization apps also have an option to prevent computer from being seen on the network (I think nLite has this feature), so running genuine install of Windows helps.
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