Re: Netwoking using Wireless router
I just got my new Linksys wireless router all hooked up with 2 computers, like your setup. Do you have the WRT54G? It's a much nicer router compared to the D-Link one that I had (broke it). The security features are much more enhanced with the Linksys compared to the previous router, so my thumbs are way up. My network consists also of two PCs of which one of them is a wireless laptop, and one is a wired desktop PC. So I have the exact same setup as you so far.
Here's what I did in the exact order:
On the desktop PC, go into the "My Network Places" and start the wizard for the "Setup Home or Small OFfice Network". GO through the wizard and you should have your desktop setup.
Do the same thing on the laptop. After home network is setup, your PCs should recognize each other. If you want to share your printer, you will need to enable printer share on your desktop PC if it has not already been enabled to share. Go to the laptop and go into the control panel to add a new printer. You want to find the printer on the local network. When you browse for it, you should see the printer that is connected to the networked desktop PC. Then add it and the config files will copy over to the laptop.
Then, go back into the Printer folder and make that new network printer your default printer. Your new network is now ready. Only thing is, in order for you to print from wireless laptop to printer, your desktop PC need to be turned on because the printer is connected to it right? You can get a print server so you don't have to rely on the desktop PC.
If you are still having problems connecting to the LAN, disable firewall and try running the home networking wizard again. If you can connect, go into the firewall network configuration and add the IP address of the PC you want to connect to into the Allow list so the firewall can forward the packets through.
Oh, the Linksys has integrated ping and traceroute system (their web utility) so you don't have to use the cmd, maybe just to do a 'ipconfig /all' to check on your IP setup, Gateway, physical address (MAC), DNS, SUbnet, and all that good network stuff.
Hope this helps.
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