I am connecting a computer running Win XP Home with two running Win ME,\nvia a broadband router LAN hub and the Windows Home Networking wizard -\-\nwhich is about all I know about networking!!\n\nThe XP computer used to run ME and the three-computer network worked\nfine. Now it takes 30-40 secs after clicking on a shared drive in My\nNetwork Places for it actually to connect and display the contents. Then\nit works sluggishly until I don't use it for a while, when it\ndisconnects and needs another 30-40 sec connection time.\n\nThe two Win ME computers still work fine, at the original speed, with\none another, but are just as slow when contacting the XP machine. All\nthree are using 10-base LAN cards, but as I say they have been working\nfine together until now so I don't think that's an issue.\n\nDevice manager shows the LAN card as working properly. To make sure,\nI've uninstalled (physically pulled out) and reinstalled the LAN card\nand Windows networking, but it makes no difference.\n\nMy first port of call was to see what the connections are. But in\nNetwork Connections, when I try to call up the LAN's Status, nothing\nhappens. When I try to View Network Connections it says an unexpected\nerror has occurred. Therefore I can't even get as far as doing something\nbasic like changing its IP address to what I want (to 192.168.0.1 from\n192.168.0.10).\n\nI have Outpost firewall running on all three machines (two of which\nremember work fine). I have tried closing and shutting it down on all\nthe machines but it makes no difference.\n\nAnd since I connect to the Internet by LAN there is no dial-up\nnetworking installed, so my first thought that Win XP firewall might be\nthe problem doesn't apply.\n\nCan anyone help, please?