Trouble with Wireless notebook seeing network?

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Guest, Nov 12, 2004.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I have a desktop computer, and a wireless notebook which are both on a DSL
    /cable connection with a router in place. The computers can see the internet
    just find, however, the notebook has trouble seeing the desktop -
    furthermore, the desktop can see the notebook files, but the wireless
    notebook prevents it from seeing the desktop.

    Please advise on what could be causing the issue?

    Guest, Nov 12, 2004
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    Malke Guest

    If the desktop can see the notebook but the laptop can't see the
    desktop, does the desktop have a firewall running? If so, make sure
    you've added the IP range of your lan as Trusted in the desktop's
    firewall settings.

    Malke, Nov 12, 2004
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  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    No, I'm sorry to tell you about what is on the box and not, I apologize.
    First off, they both have SP2 on the notebook and desktop so that factor is
    in place. I turned off both Firewall software. On the notebook, only Norton
    Internet Security is on the notebook, we disable it. If I remove the software
    on the notebook would it allow to see the desktop computer as being present?

    For the funny portion of the situation is that the PC can see the notebook
    just fine, but otherwise - the notebook can not see the network at all. Do
    you suggest removing the Norton software completely and taking it from there
    to see if the problem get resolved?

    You mention about the Router - LAN, we only reduced the speed at which data
    is being sent - but we discovered that the notebook had some network bridge
    installed (probably from a downloaded plug-in software called "iTunes"),
    which my customer installed over a month ago and since discovered these
    problems. For the network was working wonderfully before that. He removed
    the Norton Security software recently off the desktop because he heard many
    reports that Norton is no good, and that it leads into security issues. But,
    he never removed it off the notebook and continued to use it there. But, I am
    wondering if the 'bridge network' that gotten installed is still resident in
    some way and is really causing some residual effects?

    Do you still feel it is the Trusted lan in the desktop's firewall
    settings, still at this point? Or should I remove the Norton off the notebook
    or try something else?

    Dave -
    Guest, Nov 12, 2004
  4. Guest

    Malke Guest

    I would never recommend disabling a firewall. Both computers should have
    a firewall with the lan added as Trusted. An easy way to make sure both
    computers can share files is to add each user account and password to
    both machines and make sure they are in the same workgroup. I don't
    know why you'd want to change the speed of anything. Here are some
    links to help you with networking. I'd work through MVP Hans-Georg
    Michna's troubleshooter first: - Small Network Troubleshooter by
    Hans-Georg Michna

    Malke, Nov 12, 2004
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Do you have a firewall (Zonealarm?) installed on the desktop? If so you must
    tell it to allow your laptop in. Add its IP / host name to the (Zonealarm
    trusted list under Zones) firewall program.
    Guest, Nov 12, 2004
  6. If you would like to work this through one-on-one, email me at
    and I can walk you through the steps.

    Carey Holzman, Nov 12, 2004
  7. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hi Halexi-

    No firewall (i.e. 'ZoneAlarm', or 'Norton Internet Security) is on the
    desktop, only the notebook, should that be disabled?

    I can't see that that will resolve the problem?

    Guest, Nov 13, 2004
  8. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hi Carely Holzman-

    I will drop you an e-mail.

    Thanks -

    Guest, Nov 13, 2004
  9. Guest

    Malke Guest

    You mentioned in your other post that you have firewalls. Make sure the
    internal network IP range is added to the firewall as Trusted.

    Malke, Nov 13, 2004
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