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Thread: Problem setting up simple network.

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    HI Guys

    I am try to set up a simple home network.

    I have

    2 PCs - fairly powerful
    Windows XP on each
    A Netcomm Gigabit Ethernet adaptor in each
    A Cat 5 cable connect to each card green light is on on both.

    My level of computer knowlege - intermediate

    My level of network knowledge - complete beginner, have got some going years ago with Windows 3.11 but more by sheer luck.

    I went through the setup wizard on both machines (not really knowing what I was doing)

    Rebooted but

    One machine - my main one does not have Network Neigbourhood showing on the Startup Menu

    The other one - my workstation does have the Network Neighboughood showing and on this machine I can see the name of the network and the name of the two computers.

    My problem/queries are

    Do I have to go through the wizard again on the main machine ?
    Do I need a cross over cable rather than Cat 5 cable ? (is there such a thing ?)
    Do I need a hub or switch ?

    I do have a Dynalink ADSL2+ router which I am using for my internet connection on the main machine (I can still access the net)

    Why are local area networks and internet connections spoken of in the same breath and why does Windows XP treat them as very similar. To my old fashioned mind they are seperate things.

    Thanks

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Regards

    Digby
    Last edited by digmen1; 01-17-2007 at 08:13 PM. Reason: typo

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    What model router do you have. Does it have multiple ports?

    If so then you should connect both PCs to it using Cat5 cable (not crossover).

    Make sure both computers use the same workgroup name.

    If you have software firewall(s) installed then be sure to permit communication or disable the firewall(s).

    Run the wizard on both computers.

    The My Network Places icon should then show and any shared folders that you specify will be in there.

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    There can't be too much wrong with the network if you can see both computers on the system with Network Neigbourhood (or My Network Places as it is now called) visible. I suspect it is simply a case of forcing the other system to display My Network Places.

    I'll assume you are not using the classic start menu.

    Right click on the task bar and select properties.
    Select the Start Menu tab and click on Customize.
    Select the Advanced tab, Scroll down to My Network Places and make sure it is checked.
    Select OK.
    Select OK again.

    I can't remember how to do that on the classic start menu. If that's what you are using it is probably best to switch to the XP style start menu, make the change as described above, then switch back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lynx View Post
    There can't be too much wrong with the network if you can see both computers on the system with Network Neigbourhood (or My Network Places as it is now called) visible. I suspect it is simply a case of forcing the other system to display My Network Places.

    I'll assume you are not using the classic start menu.

    Right click on the task bar and select properties.
    Select the Start Menu tab and click on Customize.
    Select the Advanced tab, Scroll down to My Network Places and make sure it is checked.
    Select OK.
    Select OK again.

    I can't remember how to do that on the classic start menu. If that's what you are using it is probably best to switch to the XP style start menu, make the change as described above, then switch back.
    Thanks Lynx

    I got the My Network Places going again thanks. I think I disabled it last year to keep my menu tidy. (you are so intuitive)

    But the window comes up empty

  5. Software & Hardware   -   #5
    Quote Originally Posted by Virtualbody1234 View Post
    What model router do you have. Does it have multiple ports?

    If so then you should connect both PCs to it using Cat5 cable (not crossover).

    Make sure both computers use the same workgroup name.

    If you have software firewall(s) installed then be sure to permit communication or disable the firewall(s).

    Run the wizard on both computers.

    The My Network Places icon should then show and any shared folders that you specify will be in there.
    Thanks Virtual Body

    I have a Dynalink ASDL+2 router.
    I dont think it has multiple ports, it just has a DSL plug (in use), a USB plug (not in use) and an ethernet plug (in use).

    I have got a Cat 5 cable (it is connected to the network card in each computer)

    Is there such a thing as crossover cable ? should I have bought one of these?

    I am certain I gave each computer the same workgroup name

    I use Zonealarm, but I have turned it off for now.

    I run the wizard on both computers. In fact I have run the wizard on the main machine 3 times now and the worksation only once.

    As I say on the workstation it mentions both machines names so they must be connected or it would not know the main machine's name !

    The only other think I can think of is that when you run the wizard at the end it says you must run it on the other machine and gives you 4 options. It sort of says that you must insert the XP CD into the next machine. Is this really the case ? as I have XP on both machines already.

    Thanks for your help. I must be nearly there.

    But still can't get it going.

    Regards
    Digby

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    Hi Lynx and Virtual Body

    I notice you guys are very active on this forum and often help me on my threads. Thank you very much. You must both be on this forum full time. Do you have day jobs ? or is this it !

    I thought I would let you know some of the settings on my Main Machine (the one which does not show anything in My Network Places.)

    As I say if I click on My Network Places the window comes up but it is empty.

    If I then click on one of the network tasks eg View Work group Computers nothing happens and the machine beeps.

    If I click on View Network Connections I get 3 icons come up

    1 My old dial up icon
    2 Local Area Connection
    greyed Connected, Shared, Firewalled
    3 Local rea Connection 2
    greyed Connected, Firewalled
    Netcomm Gigabit Ethernet Adaptor

    note one of the connections is shared, the other is not.

    As I say I have shut Zonelarm down till I get this sorted.

    Also I have two network connections running in my system tray - should this be ?

    Perhaps I need to run the Network wizard again chosing different options ?

    Thanks

    regards

    Digby
    Last edited by digmen1; 01-18-2007 at 12:40 AM. Reason: typo

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    I was asking for a model number.

    Is this the one?

    RTA1320

    http://www.dynalink.com.au/modemsads...m?prod=RTA1320

    Or like this one?

    RTA1335

    http://www.dynalink.com.au/modemsads...m?prod=RTA1335

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    Hi

    Its a RTA1320

    Regards

    Digby

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    You have an ADSL modem. That converts the DSL feed into either USB or ethernet (likely not both) and can connect to one computer. I don't think there is any way to connect two computers to a standard DSL modem. The only way I can think of other than using an addition switch would be to have two network interface cards in the main PC and connect one to the modem and one of the other computer. You should then be able to share the connection on the second NIC and the second computer would both get on the internet and see the first computer in Network Neighborhood.

    The easy thing would just be to get a switch or a hub. There are really simple switches that don't even require configuration. You just plug one end into your modem and two cables going to your computers in the other end.


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    If your system shows two network connections then you must have two ports.

    But if you've got a router then both PCs should be connected to the router, there's no need for them to be connected in any other way and you don't need either connection to be shared, and you don't need either pc to be sharing the other PCs internet connection.

    My syggestion is that each PC should be connected to the router, and any other ethernet ports should be disconnected and disabled. It will save confusion if you need to look at it later.

    Run the wizard again and tell both machines that they are connected to the internet through a home gateway. Don't tell either of them that another computer shares the connection. Running the wizard may enable the unused ports so you will have to disable them again.

    The reason why Microsoft seems to confuse Internet connection and Home networking is that when they are connected as I've suggested both functions are performed over the same port, and it is also the more usual method.

    Home networking will use the router as a switch, but data will not be visible on the internet. Internet onnections will pass through the router to the internet. The router will take care of which goes where based on the destination.

    In my job as a freelance sysadmin I see these sort of problems all the time, it is simply experience rather than being intuitive.
    Last edited by lynx; 01-18-2007 at 09:02 AM.
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