Network Places Issue_Need Assistance

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Chipj2nd, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. Chipj2nd

    Chipj2nd Guest

    Software
    Windows XP

    Hardware
    1 desktop (Wired)
    1 laptop (Wireless)
    1 router (Linksys)
    1 broadband modem

    Setup
    Both the desktop and the laptop run through the router to the broadband
    modem. No connectivity issues.

    Problem
    When I am in the “My Network Places†(Window) on the desktop, it shows the
    desktop shared folders under “Local Network†(subtitle) but the Laptop shared
    folders are under “The Internet†(subtitle).

    1. Are my folders on the laptop being exposed to the internet?
    2. If this is not being shown correctly how can I change the laptop folders
    to show up under local network?
    I have run the network wizard on both machines.

    Thank you in advance...
     
    Chipj2nd, Jan 22, 2009
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  2. Chipj2nd

    Guest

    On Jan 22, 2:23 am, Chipj2nd <>
    wrote:
    > Software
    > Windows XP
    >
    > Hardware
    > 1 desktop (Wired)
    > 1 laptop (Wireless)
    > 1 router (Linksys)
    > 1 broadband modem
    >
    > Setup
    > Both the desktop and the laptop run through the router to the broadband
    > modem. No connectivity issues.
    >
    > Problem
    >         When I am in the “My Network Places” (Window) on the desktop, it shows the
    > desktop shared folders under “Local Network” (subtitle) but the Laptop shared
    > folders are under “The Internet” (subtitle).
    >
    > 1.      Are my folders on the laptop being exposed to the internet?
    > 2.      If this is not being shown correctly how can I change the laptop folders
    > to show up under local network?
    > I have run the network wizard on both machines.
    >
    > Thank you in advance...


    Hi,

    Don't panic, your files are NOT on the internet.
    The reason Windows shows them like that is because your laptop is on
    the wireless network, and your desktop is on a wired connection, so in
    order to talk to the laptop the desktop traffic has to go through the
    router - even though
    they may appear be on the same subnet - so Windows counts that as not
    the local network.

    Alister
     
    , Jan 22, 2009
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  3. Hi
    As said above as long as you are behind the Router and the Router is
    configured correctly the Router's NAT Firewall provides inbound protection.
    If the name bothers you log to the Router and change the Router's assigned
    Network name.
    As for additional protection, maybe this can Help,
    http://www.ezlan.net/security.html
    Jack (MS, MVP-Networking)

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    On Jan 22, 2:23 am, Chipj2nd <>
    wrote:
    > Software
    > Windows XP
    >
    > Hardware
    > 1 desktop (Wired)
    > 1 laptop (Wireless)
    > 1 router (Linksys)
    > 1 broadband modem
    >
    > Setup
    > Both the desktop and the laptop run through the router to the broadband
    > modem. No connectivity issues.
    >
    > Problem
    > When I am in the “My Network Places” (Window) on the desktop, it shows the
    > desktop shared folders under “Local Network” (subtitle) but the Laptop
    > shared
    > folders are under “The Internet” (subtitle).
    >
    > 1. Are my folders on the laptop being exposed to the internet?
    > 2. If this is not being shown correctly how can I change the laptop
    > folders
    > to show up under local network?
    > I have run the network wizard on both machines.
    >
    > Thank you in advance...


    Hi,

    Don't panic, your files are NOT on the internet.
    The reason Windows shows them like that is because your laptop is on
    the wireless network, and your desktop is on a wired connection, so in
    order to talk to the laptop the desktop traffic has to go through the
    router - even though
    they may appear be on the same subnet - so Windows counts that as not
    the local network.

    Alister
     
    Jack \(MVP-Networking\)., Jan 22, 2009
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