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peer to peer networking question

I am trying to connect 2 computers together at my office to share files like QuickBooks.

The computers are connected together with cat 5 crossover going into a linksys befw11s4 v4 router

They BOTH have Internet (cable modem) but cannot see each other
Computer1 can see computer2
Computer 2 cannot see computer 1

I did try to use the network setup wizard and named the work group Office and turned on file and print sharing

On computer 1 I click on computer 2 and a message pops up saying

Office is not assessable you might not have permission to use this network
Network path was not found

I have been on this for 3 day and can figure it out

Thanks for any help
8 REPLIES
Honored Contributor

Re: peer to peer networking question

I'm making the assumption that you're using windows XP?

If you are using the same account on both, and the accounts are NOT the Administrator account, you need to use gpedit.msc to give these accounts the ability to "Access this computer from the network".
Computer Configuration / Windows Settings / Security Settings / Local Policies / User Rights Assignment

The accounts should havee the same ID and password (for ease of use). Then, give the account full control to the share.

Jon
"Do or do not. There is no try!" - Yoda
Honored Contributor

Re: peer to peer networking question

Also, regarding File and Print sharing. If you are using Windows Firewall, you have to allow "File and Print sharing" through.

Look under the Exceptions tab.

Jon
"Do or do not. There is no try!" - Yoda
Occasional Visitor

Re: peer to peer networking question

both computers are using xp home and gpedit.msc wont work

sorry i didnt mention it


thanks
shane
Frequent Advisor

Re: peer to peer networking question

Hi Coltabsh,

Idealy in this kind of a situation u should be able to see both the computers but there might be firewall settings blocking it. Disable any firewall that has been setup on both the computer which include windows firewall.

Also Can you please tell me the network setting on both the computers ie r they set for automatic Ip config. And also make sure that both the system have different names.

Regards,
Shijo
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Frequent Advisor

Re: peer to peer networking question

Hi Coltabsh,

Idealy in this kind of a situation u should be able to see both the computers but there might be firewall settings blocking it. Disable any firewall that has been setup on both the computer which include windows firewall.

Also Can you please tell me the network setting on both the computers ie r they set for automatic Ip config. And also make sure that both the system have different names.

Regards,
Shijo
You are only limited by the boundaries that you yoursefl put up.
Honored Contributor

Re: peer to peer networking question

Minor nit - generally speaking, a crossover cable is only used for "back to back" connections, eg joining two NICs or joining two switches. And then only if one or the other don't have support for AutoMDIX, which IIRC is part of 'standard' gigabit over copper (ie for gigabit you don't need a crossover cable, but it will work)
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Honored Contributor

Re: peer to peer networking question

get the free version of
http://www.networkmagic.com/download/
and install on both PCs
Phil
Honored Contributor

Re: peer to peer networking question

I would say that you DON'T want to do this while relying on the network cards that are both hooked up to the Internet via the cable modem (a router). One minor mistake with Microsoft's wizards in your configuration will have both computers and all their contents exposed to the Internet. This is especially true if you are using XP Home (I "might" do this if it were XP-Pro, but NEVER with Home.).

A better solution in this case might be to either use a dedicated set of NICs or a USB/USB datalink cable. Or, if you are set on using your existing connection and hardware, pick a protocol (like IPX/SPX) for the local network that is less likely to cross over the cable modem.
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