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I have 2 desktops and a Inspiron 8200 on my network. The desktops are connected via a NIC and the Inspiron via Belkin Pre-N card. A Belkin Pre-N Router connects them all. It seems I'm having trouble with the Inspiron's wireless connection. I have internet access, I can print to other printers on the desktops, and I setup Quickbooks to access the file on a desktop. However the Inspiron can't see the desktops in Workgroup Computers, can't access the shared files that show up in My Network and it doesn't show up in the desktops Workgroup Computers. The desktops can't print to the Inspiron's printer. All this happens with all firewalls disabled. How can I get full access with all the computers?

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Checklist for networking Windows Machines with TCP/IP
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- PCs which are not XP must have TCP/IP installed.
- Each PC must have a unique computer name.
- Each PC must have a network share defined.
- ALL NICS must be on the same subnet (e.g. IP 192.168.0.* subnet mask 255.255.255.0).
- XP PCs must have Netbios over TCP/IP enabled (only essential for XP to talk to W9X PCs).
- MS Client and file & printer sharing must be enabled on each machine.
- All NICs must have their node type = anything except p-node (peer to peer, or point-point).
* To check, open a command prompt and type IPCONFIG /ALL.
- XP's ICF firewall is permanently disabled. (Only necessary for pre XP SP2).
- All 3rd party firewalls are disabled, uninstalled and deleted (until connection is working).
- PCs have the same workgroup (helps, but not essential for XP/2K, necessary for 9X/ME).

Allow 15 mins after rebooting a PC for that PC to appear in the workgroup, or
for it to see all other PCs. Or you can search for the PC by its computer name.


Additional things to check if you still have problems:
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- Check your Services are Started on all PCs: Workstation, Server, TCP/IP Netbios helper, Computer Browser.
- XP gives access to its shares via the Net Guest Account. (Note, not the same as the local guest account in user accounts which should be off). Net Guest Account is enabled by default in XP, but to check it, open a command prompt and type: NET USER GUEST
Should return a line with 'Account active yes'.


Check XP Security policies:
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- Access this computer from the network: add guest
- Deny logon locally: remove guest
- Network access:Sharing and security model... -> Guest only
- Deny access to this computer from the network-> check Guest is not here.
 

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Thanks for your help. I uninstalled Trend Micro PC-Cillin on all the computers and rebooted them. Now all 3 computers are visible in Workgroup Computers on all computers, however the Wireless XP Home Dell only shows the Dell's shared folders. The XP Pro Shuttle and the XP Home Gateway (hard wired NIC's) shows each others shared folders but not the Dell's.
There are a few things you mentioned I hope you can explain a little more:

"- Each PC must have a network share defined." How do I check and do that?

"- All NICs must have their node type = anything except p-node (peer to peer, or point-point). " All mine say Unknown. Is that OK?

"- Check your Services are Started on all PCs: Workstation, Server, TCP/IP Netbios helper, Computer Browser." Please explain.

"Check XP Security policies:
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- Access this computer from the network: add guest
- Deny logon locally: remove guest
- Network access:Sharing and security model... -> Guest only
- Deny access to this computer from the network-> check Guest is not here."

How do I check the security policies?

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"- Each PC must have a network share defined." How do I check and do that?
Right click on a folder, disk, or printer and select Sharing.

"- All NICs must have their node type = anything except p-node (peer to peer, or point-point). " All mine say Unknown. Is that OK?
Yep, that's fine.

"- Check your Services are Started on all PCs: Workstation, Server, TCP/IP Netbios helper, Computer Browser." Please explain.
Right click on My Computer, Manage, Services. Check the list of services and make sure that those services say they're running.

How do I check the security policies?
Are you running XP-Home or XP-Pro? Security is only on XP-Pro.
 

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Are you running XP-Home or XP-Pro? Security is only on XP-Pro.
1 desktop has Home the other has Pro. They can see each others shared folders. The laptop has Home and it can't see the desktop's shared folders, just it's own. The Dell is also wireless if that matters.

However, the desktops can print to the Dell's printer and the Dell and print to the desktops printers.
 

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I did It! I decided to run the Network Wizard again with the uninstalled firewalls and all is seen in network land! Now I hope it will stay that way once PC-Cillin is reinstalled (may have to do some tweaking).

One thing...There's a few folders that show up on Network Places on other computers that are not shared. I made then shared then unshared while trying to figure out my previous problem. They never showed up before but now they do (and they're not shard)! It's been over an hour and computers rebooted but they are still there. I can't just delete the folders from Network Places right? That's like trying to delete the actual folder and not just the path, right? Is there a manual way to remove the bogus icon?

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Thanks Johnwill. I deleted them.

If I share a folder and it doesn't appear in Network Places, how can I get it to?
 

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You can use the Add Network Place to put a new resource into Network Places if you desire. Just navigate to the resource you want to add and give it a name.
 
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