Having trouble sharing files over router

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Mike Goodman, Mar 6, 2004.

  1. Mike Goodman

    Mike Goodman Guest

    I've got 2 desktop PCs (hardwire) and a laptop (wireless) sharing an
    internet broadband cable via a BEFSR41 router. One of the desktops runs on
    Windows 98, the other on XP. The laptop, which connects via a WAP-11b AP,
    runs on XP. All the computers share the internet connection well, but I
    can't get them to share files with each other. Is this possible with the
    configuration I described?

    Mike Goodman, Mar 6, 2004
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  2. Yes, but there are several important and non-obvious configuration
    details you need to get right. First, make sure that you do not have
    the NetBEUI protocol installed on any of the machines. Second, make
    sure you have bound "Client for Microsoft Networks" and "File and
    Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks" to the TCP/IP protocol. Third,
    make sure you have a common username/password combination on all three
    machines, and that you are logged in as this user on the machine from
    which you are trying to access another. Fourth, make sure that any
    software firewalls you have running on the machines have been
    configured to allow file sharing.
    Michael Nitabach, Mar 6, 2004
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  3. Mike Goodman

    DssSouth Guest

    Also..............insure that all three PC's are part of the same workgroup.
    You can find this setting through the "Computer Identification" screen,
    different screenc for 98 vs. XP, but required in both cases.
    DssSouth, Mar 6, 2004
  4. Mike Goodman

    Duane Arnold Guest

    The Linksys Support Knowledge Base and Google are your friends.

    http://www.linksys.com/support/top10faqs/befsr41/Setting up File and%

    Duane :)
    Duane Arnold, Mar 6, 2004
  5. Mike Goodman

    Quaoar Guest

    I have five computers connected on my network. Three are XP Home, two
    are Win98SE. None have common user names or passwords. All share files
    just fine. I have set up several home nets for friends. None of those
    had common user names or passwords either and all share files
    successfully. I continue to see this recommendation, but cannot find
    out the source. I know that some MSMVP's broadcast it early on when
    wireless was new to XP, but have not read of them doing so recently.

    Quaoar, Mar 6, 2004
  6. Mike Goodman

    Duane Arnold Guest

    The reason one uses a common user id and password on all shares on the
    LAN is for ease of use. One doesn't have to give the user id and password
    if they are the same. And on the NT based O/S, the privileges of the
    common account on the shares can be different as well, if using NTFS. Of
    course, security privileges do not apply to a Win 9'x or ME O/S, since
    they don't have account privileges security.

    Duane :)
    Duane Arnold, Mar 6, 2004
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