Issue with accessing desktop pc from Laptop

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Carrie, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. Carrie

    Carrie Guest

    I have a desktop PC, a laptop, a wireless Netgear wg614 router, Comcast cable
    modem, and a vonage router for my phone.

    I have it connected as follows.. cable modem -> connected to the WAN port on
    the Netgear router, from the Netgear router I have one LAN port connected to
    my desktop and another LAN port connected to the vonage router.

    My problem is this...
    From my laptop I cannot access the desktop or the printer attached to the
    desktop. I can "see" it in the workgroup, I am also able to ping it.
    They are in the same network (laptop IP 192.168.1.3 and desktop is
    192.168.1.4).
    I have enabled file and print sharing. I uncheked the simple file sharing
    under folders -> options. (I have read various help threads before posting
    here).
    When I try to access the desktop, it says it is connected but I don't have
    permission. (I did not enable a password for accessing that PC, and if I did
    I have no idea where I would have done it.). I am able to access the internet
    on the laptop.
    Help! It has been like 3 days that I have been pondering over this. I even
    installed network magic, all that did was give me a fancy user interface
    telling me what I already know. Now my laptop lags with the network magic
    software and I am going to have to remove it.
    Thank you for any and all help that I can get!
    Carrie
    Carrie, Jan 3, 2008
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  2. Carrie

    Jim Guest

    "Carrie" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I have a desktop PC, a laptop, a wireless Netgear wg614 router, Comcast
    >cable
    > modem, and a vonage router for my phone.
    >
    > I have it connected as follows.. cable modem -> connected to the WAN port
    > on
    > the Netgear router, from the Netgear router I have one LAN port connected
    > to
    > my desktop and another LAN port connected to the vonage router.
    >
    > My problem is this...
    > From my laptop I cannot access the desktop or the printer attached to the
    > desktop. I can "see" it in the workgroup, I am also able to ping it.
    > They are in the same network (laptop IP 192.168.1.3 and desktop is
    > 192.168.1.4).
    > I have enabled file and print sharing. I uncheked the simple file sharing
    > under folders -> options. (I have read various help threads before
    > posting
    > here).
    > When I try to access the desktop, it says it is connected but I don't have
    > permission. (I did not enable a password for accessing that PC, and if I
    > did
    > I have no idea where I would have done it.). I am able to access the
    > internet
    > on the laptop.
    > Help! It has been like 3 days that I have been pondering over this. I even
    > installed network magic, all that did was give me a fancy user interface
    > telling me what I already know. Now my laptop lags with the network magic
    > software and I am going to have to remove it.
    > Thank you for any and all help that I can get!
    > Carrie


    You left out how the laptop is connected, but I suppose you are using an
    ethernet cable.

    You have left out how you have shared folders and printers.

    You have left out how you have mapped these shared folders and printers on
    the remote machines. In particular, you
    did not mention whether you are using guest or user authentication. You can
    have mapped folders and printers with
    both kinds of authentication when you have disabled simple file sharing.

    When XP asks for a username/password for these entities, it expects you to
    enter the name of an account on the remote
    machine and to enter the password for that account. If you are using Guest
    authentication, then the username is Guest and the password
    is whatever you have set for it. Note that XP sends that message if either
    the account you entered does not exist or the password you entered does
    not match.

    Jim
    Jim, Jan 3, 2008
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