Intermittent problem with home network

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Harry The Horse, Jul 15, 2003.

  1. I have a home network of three PCs: desktop running XP Pro SP1, desktop
    running Win2000, SP2 and work laptop running NT4, SP 6a. It's been working
    fine for a while. IP addresses are allocated from a D-Link 504 DSL
    modem/router/switch. All machines can access the web, all are on the same

    BUT once in a while some of the PCs just disappear from network
    neighbourhood. The strange thing is that you can still see the machines in
    a DOS session if you do a 'net view' and map to the individual shares if you
    do a 'net use' command. But in XP Pro, the target machine has disappeared
    from 'My Network Places' and from 'View Workgroup Computers'. And the same
    is true for the other machines.

    Needless to say I have made NO changes in the configuration of any of the
    machines. This thing just happens and then goes away and the machines are
    visible again from network neighbourhood.

    Any ideas?
    Harry The Horse, Jul 15, 2003
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  2. Harry The Horse

    Rob Morley Guest

    First thing I'd check is the DHCP lease expiry time.
    Rob Morley, Jul 15, 2003
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  3. Thank you very much! I do believe you're right. The lease on the XP
    machine was renewed this morning & now I can see everything again. It still
    seems weird as IP must have been working before because I could acces the
    other machines (via mapping with 'net use') but just couldn't see them
    through network neighbourhood in windows.
    Harry The Horse, Jul 15, 2003
  4. Harry The Horse

    Rob Morley Guest

    I suspect that's a problem with Explorer failing to refresh the net
    browser, but you know how to get around that anyway :) Have you tried
    just entering the address of the shared resource in the Explorer address
    bar or Run dialogue, in the form \\machine\resource? That might force
    it to look even though it doesn't think there's anything there.
    Rob Morley, Jul 15, 2003
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