Networking Dummy

I have a small little wireless network here in our house and I'm having some major problems. My development machine in the office is able to see the laptop and all shares on it. I can copy files to and from this computer with no problems. I am not (however) able to view my development machine from my laptop. I have tried numerous things to get this to work, but I keep coming up short on what needs done.

Windows help sucks. I hate clicking on the stupid option buttons and clicking next, that is the dumbest thing in the world. Make it a searchable help area. I do understand that this thing is supposed to be useful for newbies, but what about us power users? Wait... if I'm such a power user, why am I having problems? Well, the help sucks anyway.

The problem stems from bad information given to me from a networking person. I was informed that since my laptop was going to be part of our internal network at the office, I had to login to my computer as my domain login. I found out a few days later that this was not needed, but it was too late and I wasn't about to reinstall all the stuff I had already installed.

Here is my problem in a nut shell. I can ping the ips of both computers from either computer. This lets me know that the laptop can see the desktop, but I'm not able to connect to the computer to share files from the laptop. I've looked at my firewall settings on both computers, I've looked at my McAfee firewall settings. I simply don't know what to do next. I think I'll take a break from it, I've been working on it for almost 3 to 4 hours now... I still think Microsoft Windows needs to offer a better means of troubleshooting for us (so called) power users.

Print | posted on Thursday, July 28, 2005 1:08 AM