Desktop accesses laptop and reads folders but Laptop only accesses/opens Desktop but cannot read fol

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by onclejon, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. onclejon

    onclejon Guest

    I have been hassling this problems for days, since replacing desktop with
    new PC with all other equipment unchanged.

    Both the Desktop and laptop access the internet OK via a netgear WGU624
    wireless router and cable modem. From the Desktop I can access the laptop
    and read the shared files. From the laptop I can access the Desktop and see
    the shares but I cannot open them, access is denied.

    All the firewall settings seem to be correct (ZoneAlarm in both locations)
    and the NVIDIA network card is open to the wireless network.

    I tried reinstalling the whole network but ended up with exactly the same
    problem which I would love to solve, even though it is not critical since
    the desktop is the master of the network.

    If any one could help but needs more detail please say and I will provide
    onclejon, Sep 21, 2006
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  2. Hmm, It might help if you posted what you have open in the firewall, and
    why. What OS is the desktop running? For the folder you are trying to
    access, have you assign permissions to the same user name and password as
    the user logged into the laptop?

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    David Hettel MVP MobileDevices, Sep 21, 2006
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  3. The simplest way to accomplish this:

    1) Turn ZA off at both locations in order to ensure it isn't blocking

    2) Have only SIMPLE file sharing.

    3) Have the same username and password on each machine and be logged on to
    that username on both machines.

    4) Even if you have already shared a folder, remove the share and OK that
    and then share it again. Sometimes I have found a previously shared resource
    will suddenly not be shared. Doing this gets it back where it was.

    Test now. Come back and let us know what the results are.
    Diamontina Cocktail, Sep 21, 2006
  4. onclejon

    Guest Guest

    Hello, I have virtually the same setup and basically the same problem w/ my
    network....and here's what I've come up with regarding it all:

    This (your post) is without question, the most common post on any board
    regarding wireless home networking...
    I had completely given up as I realized I was actually getting older
    attempting to figure this one out...I did everything by the book...then
    everything by the help files and tutorials...then anything I could find that
    I had not tried yet....

    My nephew is an award winning programmer w/ a great deal of experience in
    networking and many ,many facets of computer work...He spent nearly two hours
    and finally came to the conclusion that: 'If I was running XP PRO versus XP
    HOME, that it would be a piece of cake...a walk in the park...etc...& that
    anyone & everyone w/ even a small amounty of computer experience could
    easily wirelessly network their systems w/o incident'...

    As stated, I have read thousands of entries in my attempts to FIX my 'one
    -way printer/file sharing network'...As a non-expert, I am now certain that
    the issue doesnt lie within any one area like 'permissions, print spoolers or
    any of the error messages, etc...but it's the limitations that XP HOME has -
    in its ability to communicate with two+ machines on a wireless network that's
    the issue for most of us...In a Nutshell:
    The Workstation (which has the modem, router, printer installed) can see and
    access the wireless notebook, but the notebook cannot save to, print to or
    open any files from the workstation/desktop...NO matter what you do or simply will not work...However...there are many, many people that
    have setup identical networks, some w/ multiple computers and even multiple
    OS's and it works...the 1st time and always, w/o incident,...but these arent
    the folks here on the message boards desperately looking for help either...I
    believe the answer is an upgrade to XP PRO...short and sweet, complete
    solution...upgrade, run the damn wizard or do it manually...and share files,
    printers etc...This has been the advice from several experts that know the
    program's limitations & shortcommings...

    I recently bought a new Dell notebook for the sole purpose of running a
    wireless network and being able to write comfortably & save, print etc to the
    desktop's large hard drive & printer...I made it 'perfectly-crystal-clear to
    the salesperson at Dell of my needs and expectations...I was assured that I
    only needed HOME & definitely 'DID NOT' need PRO...and I'm frustrated, doing
    a workaround everytime I want to access the notebook's files...AND I'm
    getting older...I may switch over to an Apple environment at the first of the
    year and have an Ebay yardsale...complete w/ all the windows-only programs
    left on my machines...'for educational purposes only'...of course...

    In the meantime, if you do learn anything that works for you...I would be
    very appreciative if you could pass it along to me...Thanks and kindest


    Guest, Nov 1, 2006
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