file sharing over network

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by lekmedm, Jun 18, 2006.

  1. lekmedm

    lekmedm Network Guru Member

    I haven't had much luck searching for an answer, so I figured I'd just post my question.

    I have a WRT54G v3 with one desktop hardwired in and one laptop flying on wireless. Both run flawlessly over the internet.

    I would like to be able to share drives between the two computers over the network. However, I can't view either computer over the network, much less any folders. The desktop is running Zonealarm and the laptop has Norton Internet Security. What am I missing? Is there something I need to set on the router, or is this strictly a question of settings in Windows?

  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    This is more than likely a Windows issue, how you setup any shared folders within windows on the two PCs?

    Are bother PCs in the same IP address range and subnet?

    Have you the same workgroup name on both computers?
  3. anectine17

    anectine17 Network Guru Member

    Uninstall (disabling isn't enough) Norton Internet Security (forever would be good) at least until you get the the sharing figured out. NIS is notorious for wrenching networks. I don't know much about ZA, but I'd suggest uninstalling it too. Once you have the firewalls out of the way, you can use the network setup wizard to create a home network, wherein you'll be given the option to share files and printers. You then need to go to each item you want to share, ie; printer, D drive, My Documents, etc and enable sharing on that item. When you've got it all working, you can enable/install your software firewalls and watch for any loss of network communication. Then you'll know what the culprit is, and either properly adjust it, or eliminate it. Good luck!!
  4. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    disabling NIS should be fine, unless you want sharing to work while its working, in that case all you have to do is go into the advanced options and find the file and printer setting where it says "BLOCKED" and modify it to "ALLOW". Zone alarm again im not a big fan of but it can definately be setup to work. Do not use the network setup wizard.

    Verify that both computers are on the same workgroup (system properties - > computer name tab), make sure the windows firewall is disabled on the specific adapter your using if you didnt set the 3rd party firewalls to take over control of that. Find out the IP addresses of each computer (start -> run -> cmd and type ipconfig). Next make sure the computers can ping eachother (ping 192.168.1.X) If you can do that then try connecting to the other devices from the run command and type in \\192.168.1.X and/or \\Computername, if you can connect this way you will be able to browse the my network places then enable one of the firewalls at a time and tweak it until your able to talk through the firewall and then do the other computer.
  5. pamacher

    pamacher LI Guru Member

    WRV200 File Share

    I have similar issue with the WRV200 and file sharing, not possible with the WRV200, all computer access the internet perfectly. Currently running XP Pro SP2, ZA, Norton SW2006.
    Put my old netgear WGT624 v2 back as the router and file sharing was working as before using the Linksys WRV200.
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