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    Hi, I have just installed a Belkin cable/dsl wireless router. The main pc that has the cable connection is connected through wired to the router while my pc is conncted through a wireless card to the router. WHen doing network places to share HDD, my wireless pc can see the HDD of the wired pc, but the wired pc cant see my HDD though I have done the same thing. Also the PC's can not play LAN games unless the cable modem is on and internet working which is weird. The two computers can ping -t each other fine so Im lost !! Thanks for help.
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    Really good networking spot:

    www.practicallynetworked.com

    Troubleshooting advice, excellent forums to help just about any SOHO networker out
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    Thanks for that thought Im still lost with it all. Both of the pcs have file sharing enabled etc. PC 1 which is where cable internet was orginally is wired connected to the router and PC 2 is wireless connected. The wireless pc can see the wired one but the wired cant see the wireless.
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    Do you have a firewall installed on the wireless pc? I had the same problem, only on a fully cabled network.
    A could access B, but B could not access A. My problem was solved when I added A to the trusted zone in Zonealarm (on PC B)
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    Do you know what sorta option in the router is like a safe zone?
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    The router probably isn't the problem, Nosferatu's advice should only apply to software firewalls. Your sure both PCs have file sharing enabled (right-click HD icon, properties, sharing)? Make sure you have any software firewalls disabled entirely (for now, easier to disable than configure when fixing things). Go into services.msc (start, run, services.msc) and make sure Server and Workstation are both set to automatic. Set Network Location Awareness to automatic and Network Connections as well. Disable IPv6 Internet Connection Firewall and IPSEC Services. If your still having problems I guess you could try rebooting the router, which would change any settings that somehow got messed up. And BTW, what LAN games are you trying to play and what exactly is the problem? Can they not join each other's games or not see each other's games at all? For older games, you want UDP istead of IPX, if available. For example, Starcaft can be difficult to play over LAN unless it is updated to the latest version so it has UDP support. Also, can the Laptop access the other computer's files or does it just see the other computer?

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    Well games such as AVP and BF1942 only see each other on LAN, if the cable modem is on.
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    Wel I can't really do much with that knowlege. Kind of strange that the cable modem has to be turned on. You still choose LAN game or do you choose net games and have both comps in the same server? And why wouldn't the cable modem be on? :?: There's absolutely no reason to turn it off that I can think of. So far, I'm pretty sure this is something Windows-related that isn't set right rather than be something with the wireless card or router configuration. Try my steps and answer my other questions and my new ones and I'll see if I can help you any more.

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    I just downloaded a belkin manual for a wireless router. I don't know which one you've got, but 1 line on page 2 of the manual got my attention "The router has a built in, 4-port network switch to allow your WIRED computers to share printers, data and mp3 files....." So I am beginning to think it is not possible to access the HDD of the wireless pc.
    Can you ping both pc's? I've just been browsing the net and it seems this is a common problem. Are you running xp on both machines? If so make very sure the firewall is off. It seems to cause more trouble than it's worth.
    What happens when you type \\ipadresofwirelesspc\C$ in the windows explorer? Assuming you shared the C drive.
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    WOW i should go check that out. But if wireless can access wired, cant they do it other way around? Anyhoo I found this on my router settings. I was going through my router and found out MAC address filtering which says "This feature lets you set up a list of allowed clients. When you enable this feature, you must enter the MAC address of each client on your network to allow network access to each." Is that important?
    To anwer your question both pc's can ping one another and windows xp firewall is disabled. Where exactly do i go to enter that command in and on what pc?
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