WiFi File Sharing

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by bigdog, Jul 28, 2005.

  1. bigdog

    bigdog Network Guru Member

    Hi, I just got a laptop the other day and trying to get it to see my 2 other wired systems that are connected to a WRT54GS running DDWRTv22. The laptop can get out to the internet fine but it can't see my file shares on the 2 other computers and vice versa. It always come back saying it is unavailable, etc... I did read that if you disable loopback in the router that helps but when I do that, it disconnects the laptop totally and it can't even see my network anymore (tries to connect to some neighbors).

    As far as I can tell I setup everything OK, setup each to print/file share, firewall does not report anything like that being blocked (even disabled Outpost just to be sure) and still nothing....

    Any ideas???

  2. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    have you tried connecting to the sharing computers IP addresses? probably going to work easier that way. \\192.168.1.x
  3. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Do you have any firewalls like Zone alarm, they are knwon to prevent filesharing, Your computers must abe on the same subnet and use same network mask. That means that they should are use IP Address in the 192.168.1X range and the mask of You have enabled file and printer sharing.
  4. bigdog

    bigdog Network Guru Member

    Thanks that actually did work. They don't show up in the network view, nor in explorer under network connections...
  5. bigdog

    bigdog Network Guru Member

    I use Outpost on all 2 machines (2 wired and 1 wireless) and all have it set that (think that was the address) is a local and trused range so all traffic is allowed. When I look in the logs for them it does not show anything blocked regarding that either. IPs are all in the 192.168.1.x range, the 2 wired ones have static IPs set by the router and the wireless one is dynamically set by the router. I have enabled file and print sharing (or so it says) as I do have shared directories on all.

    For some reason the wireless (laptop) can't see the other computers via net view nor can it with explorer under under network connection.

  6. oopsibrokeit

    oopsibrokeit Network Guru Member

    I had the same problem using sygate,

    the firewall software blocks the computer name transmission and also blocks the computer browser system for security, it's a pain, but if you need to run internal firewalls then you'll have to put up with it!

    i just gave up with multiple software firewalls and bought a watchguard soho firewall box from ebay for about £40 and use that between my hub and linksys besfr11 router, it's muuuuuuuch more convenient and pretty easy to configure!
  7. bigdog

    bigdog Network Guru Member

    What is odd tho is that the naming/browsing only is affecting the wireless laptop, none of the wired computers and all are running the same firewall. The wired ones do have a static IP defined in DD-WRT and I think I added each of them to the other's host file so maybe that is why it works???

    I'll have to take a look at that external firewall you mention, how does it interact with the one built into the router? I still do like the software ones as they do app monitoring.
  8. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    making sure that "loopback" in Administration>Management is NOT enabled may be a good thing to check, it is known to affect smb file sharing
  9. bigdog

    bigdog Network Guru Member

    I tried it with and without it checked and it didn't seem to make a difference. What did was to add the 2 wired computers IP's Names, etc to the lmhosts file on the laptop, since they have the same IP set by the router each time (altho on the PC side they are still technically set as DHCP). I may do the same for the laptop too just to make everything easier and that way everyone knows who it's talking too.
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