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XP Home Networking Problem
jason-w Jan-28-02 10:45 PM
Recently I installed Windows XP on the two machines at my house. These machines share an internet connection (DSL) and both are connected to a hub...which is connected to the DSL modem.

After installing XP neither machine can see the other, though the network connection works fine.

Here are the things I have tried (to no avail).
- Removing the XP firewall (I plan to use ZoneAlarm)
- Installing netbeui and setting up to handle file and print sharing.
- Setting the isMasterBrowser in the registry of one machine to TRUE

Both computers are in the same workgroup.

I can ping the other machine by IP address but not by netbios name.

I am trying to avoid installing a second nic and using one machine as a gateway.

Does anyone have any suggestions, they would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

1. RE: XP Home Networking Problem
lbyard Jan-29-02 00:33 AM
In response to message 0
I think you need to adapters or two Internet IPs. A router would be the best solution by far (http://duxcw.com/faq/ics/waysshare.htm). Try enabling NetBIOS over TCP… Start, right-click My Network Places, Properties, select TCP/IP associated with the network adapter, WINS tab, and select Enable NetBIOS over TCP. Larry

2. RE: XP Home Networking Problem
jason-w Jan-29-02 11:17 AM
In response to message 1
Thanks for the reply!

I do have two separate IP addresses for these machines, dynamically assigned.

And also I did try enabling netbios over TCP/IP but still the computers were unable to see each other.

I also temporarily made a change in the hosts file to assign the current IP address of the other machine to the machine name I chose....and then I could ping it by its name, but still could not see it. (I undid this change also since the IP address is subject to change.)

3. RE: XP Home Networking Problem
lbyard Jan-29-02 06:57 PM
In response to message 2
Try removing NetBEUI and installing the IPX/SPX protocol. IX/SPX is routable and NetBEUI is not. Larry

4. RE: XP Home Networking Problem
jason-w Jan-29-02 11:03 PM
In response to message 3

Thanks a million for that tidbit. I installed the IPX protocol and bound file and print sharing to it and voila!!!!

Thanks again, sincerely.

5. RE: XP Home Networking Problem
Liefie2000 Jun-17-02 02:52 PM
In response to message 3
When you say remove NetBEUI does that mean on all PCs or just on the client PC's leaving it on the host PC?

7. RE: XP Home Networking Problem
lbyard Jun-17-02 06:10 PM
In response to message 5
I meant all PCs. I found that an XP computer is the "Lone Ranger" in a network with NetBEUI running on any of the PCs. Other readers may have other experiences. I have connected five XP computers (XP Home and Pro, retail and OEM) to my shop/office network so far an all of them behaved that way. Larry

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