Switching between domain and workgroup - advice please...

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Ian Roberts, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. Ian Roberts

    Ian Roberts Guest


    I'm trying to help a friend get his work laptop to access his home PC

    He has a laptop running Win XP Pro which is setup to access his office
    domain which works fine.

    At home he has 1 PC running XP Home and 1 PC running Win2K (SP4).

    When he brings the laptop home he can connect wirelessly to the router
    (Linksys WAG54)
    and get an internet connection and he can also print to the printer
    connected to the XP Home PC.

    The Win2K and the XP Home PC can share files but neither can ping the laptop
    and vice versa.

    He wants to be able to share files between all three PC's. But the only
    thing he cant see from his laptop are the folders setup for sharing
    on the other two PC's.

    I wondered if this is because his laptop is setup for a domain and is not
    part of the workgroup? Or is it because the laptop is connecting to the
    router via wireless whereas the other two PC's are currently wired to the

    In short I'd like to know what steps to take to allow the laptop access to
    the home workgroup - without messing up the settings for his office domain?
    Is it easy to switch from a domain to a workgroup (and back again for when
    the laptop is in his office)?

    Thanks for any info.

    Ian Roberts, Jan 11, 2006
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  2. Ian Roberts

    Malke Guest


    Information from MVP Lanwench:
    Note - you don't need to change to a workgroup just to access resources
    on it. You shouldn't play with your laptop's network settings at all.
    Once you've logged in using your domain account (using cached
    credentials), and have an IP address on the home network, you can map
    drives, use printers, whatnot, very easily - one way, in a command

    net use x: \\computername\sharename /user:computername\username <enter>

    Also see:
    MS KB article about the Net Use command - http://tinyurl.com/3bpnj

    Managing One Windows XP-based Laptop for the Office and Home by MVP
    Charlie Russel

    http://winhlp.com/wxdomainworkgroup.htm - MVP Hans-Georg Michna

    Malke, Jan 11, 2006
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