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Wireless Connectivity

gibsonkw

FPCH New Member
Joined
Sep 24, 2007
Messages
2
#1
Please can you ***ist me with my small problem?

I want to connect 2 laptops (wirelessly) to an SMC wireless outer (hosted on a desktop). Encryption is WEP.

All the PC’s have Win XP Pro - (SP2). The laptops have a Belkin and VIA wireless network cards.

The host PC runs Norton.

Current scenario:

I am able to get the laptops to radio-connect – but they cannot see any shared files or printers, as well as connect to the web or email. The laptops are able to connect via hard-wire Ethernet cables.

So – when going into the respective utility menus, I can see the signal strength, and all other respective data.

TCP/IP on the host PC is manually configured.
TCP/IP for the router connected to the host PC is also manually configured - default values.

Please can you shed some light on what the most likely cause is?

I am able to provide more info if needed.

Many thanks

Kevin
 

londonles

FPCH Member
Joined
Apr 22, 2007
Messages
48
Location
Essex
PC Experience
Very Experienced
Operating System
Windows Vista - Home Premium
#2
turn off norton see if they connect then you know the problem is norton
 

danzil

FPCH Member
Joined
Jun 29, 2007
Messages
885
Location
Gloucestershire
PC Experience
Operating System
#3
are they in the same workgroup etc....
is file and printer sharing enabled in the firewall.
put them both in a workgroup of the same name then try.....
regards
danzil
 

gibsonkw

FPCH New Member
Joined
Sep 24, 2007
Messages
2
#4
Hi Guys - I've tried disabling Norton - no luck.
I've also checked the workgroup - both are MSHOME. The laptop connects fine when using an ethernet cable - I just canot get it to connect fully on wireless. Should I be ble to ping the Belkin from the host PC? I have tied pinging it using the IP address as well as the PC name - nothing!
From the host PC, I am able to ping all the other PC's connected on cable.

Does this information help in getting any closer?

Regards
Kevin
 

danzil

FPCH Member
Joined
Jun 29, 2007
Messages
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Location
Gloucestershire
PC Experience
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#5
make sure file and printer sharing is enabled on all pc's.
change the workgroup name to something different, mshome is just the default doesnt mean they are in the same workgroup.
yes you should be able to ping from any computer to any other computer. regardless of the workgroup, if they are connected to the same router...
have you tried manuall configuring all ip's..make sure dns and default gateway is the routers ip.subnets should be the same really.
check your internet explorer connection settings make sure they are using lan not dial up.....in lan settings untick "automatically detect connection settings"
regards
danzil