I need some help with home network please

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by bview, Feb 13, 2007.

  1. bview

    bview LI Guru Member

    Hi, I recently built a new computer and I would like to connect my old computer and the new computer together with the older computer as the main machine at first. I would like to share some files and then keep the older computer as a current backup by keeping it hooked up to the new machine. I am using winXP pro on both machines. I just purchased a Linksys WRT54GL router as I thought that would make my life easier to do this, along with I couldn't figure out how to make the computers talk with each other using a crossover cable. I have a Linksys pci card (that I have been using for the internet connection) and NVIDIA Networking Ethernet Controller in the old computer, there is also an NVIDIA Networking Ethernet Controller in the new computer. I have one monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

    Would anyone know of a tutorial that gives step-by-step instructions on this? I can't for the life of me get the computers to share information.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
  2. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Welcome to LinksysInfo.org

    Try this quick tutorial. It's important to configure your firewall application (whichever you are using) to allow the network sharing service - almost every new computer will come bundled with a security application of some kind, and you may have installed one on your old computer which you intend to share to the network.

    Remember to use straight/patch network cables if connecting computer to a LAN port
  3. bview

    bview LI Guru Member

    Thank you for the reply and the link. I am so disgusted and confused with this that I will have to take a couple of days off from it, I must have put in at least 10 hours so far and the network still does not work for me. The link you sent does have a couple of things I haven't tried yet and one of them is the setting the firewall, I am using Comodo firewall. But, I've gone so far before as shutting the firewall totaly off on both machines and still no luck. Right now I have to cool off for a couple of days because I've done so many things I don't know just what I've done. In fact, instead of transferring files over a network I've started using a flashdrive to do the job...maybe I should have just tried a USB connection though I tried with a crossover cable with no luck either. Is it possible to transfer files between computers without having to setup a network (or in my case trying to setup a network)?

    One other thing you might know of, the Linksys router works like a charm and allows both computers to connect to the internet. It has wired and wireless connection. If I am only using the wired connection do I have to do something to prevent someone connecting with the wireless connection? I live in an apartment complex and with wireless being so popular I'm sure someone has a wireless device.

    Thanks again for your help
  4. MarvinTheMartian

    MarvinTheMartian Network Guru Member

    Disabling Wireless Connection

    Personally, I just disabled the wireless connection entirely.
  5. bview

    bview LI Guru Member

    Personally, I just disabled the wireless connection entirely.

    That is a good idea though I don't recall seeing that option anywhere, I will have to look when I get enough oomph! to get back working with it...which should be sooner than later but it gets so frustrating. I ran across an article saying that after so many times of going through the "Network Wizard" things can get so bad nothing will work until its cleared, that could be a problem for me now too.

    Any other ideas are appreciated, Thank you for replying.
  6. bview

    bview LI Guru Member

    Well, I finally have the two computers on a LAN. I am using the crossover cable as it is the easiest solution that I know of when using one monitor. I do plan on getting another monitor sometime in the near future and then I will use the router in my home network with two complete systems.

    I want to say "Thank You" to those who helped with advice/suggestions.

    If anyone else reads through this thread some useful links posted by others and those I ran acrosss while lookiing for solutions are:




    and don't forget about the firewall settings, that was my final hurdle...
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