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Thread: XP HOME network LIMITED ?




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    Windows XP Home (6) networked to old Win98 (7) pier to pier 10 NOT 100
    still using old cards till new cat5 cables installed.

    Home only wants to see 5 at a time, read somewhere that Pro only sees 10.

    a. are 5 and 10 the max (without using a dedicated server) ?
    b. is there a way of keeping this old network going or do I have to scrap
    HOME and replace it with PRO (10 limit ?) ..... 13 in system...?

    Network is only used for basic data movement , YES could go back to 98
    on all, but then why when I purchased new machines and asked all the
    questions did no one KNOW of this HOME limitation.

    thanks,
    CONFUSED

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    As far as I know, there are no limitations like that in either XP Home or Pro. I've seen as many as 35 networked PC's on my version of Pro at home... and I can't see why Home wouldn't be the same. Are you sure that's it's simply not a problem with My Network Places or something? can you actually communicate with the computers you can't see?

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    Beefy,
    will only log on to ANY five at a time. log this one off
    then add a new one , NOW YOU SEE IT !!!!!!!!
    Is this a HOME LIMITATION or tc/ip numbering problem.
    Have read somewhere that HOME is limited to 5 cons.
    and pro to 10 cons.
    Have been told that HOME only handles pier to pier
    ................ how are you guys setting up at LANS,
    anyone seen more than 5 Home hooked into a network ???
    Will installing a SWITCH (100 not 10) and cat 5 cable open
    this old dogs eyes ?????

    thanks

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    found this on another forum
    IT WOULD APPEAR THAT MR. MICRO$OFT'S DIRTY TRICK$ DEPARTMENT
    TOOK HOME BACKWARDS (we assume it to be the same or better than
    98..... @#$%^^*&)
    They simply did not tell people that you could only run PEER to PEER.
    This is simply A HUGE PRICE RISE (you now HAVE to buy PRO) especially
    if you have paid the bucks for HOMEless XP.
    Would have bought 98 if any of the dealers I quizzed had known
    ......... they still dont ....... but then it probably tells us in the fine print
    on the back of Bill's dunny (bathroom) door.
    Any tips on a fix or more info,

    thanks

    check it out
    www.winguides.com/forums/showflat.php?Cat
    =&Board=genwinxp&Number=42595&page=6&view
    =collapsed&sb=5&part=

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    Why does everyone assume that a problem with a MS product is caused by Bill Gates?

    All MS Software is created by thosands of people who work as a team(s) to bring you the software you use. I hardly think Gates alone directly influences the millions of operations in each program. If he did, well, he sure does know how to manage his time well.
    Anyway, I acknowlede you didnt make that post in the other forum you found it, im just having a whinge.

    As for your problem, check your share names (some 9x machines dont like share names with spaces or other chars in them eg: "John's super secret tip top pr0n collection" wont be visible to win9x machines. Also check to make sure you are using a TCP/IP network and each machine has its own Ip address. Unless you need it for a specific reason, get rid of IPX/SPX from each machine.

    I havnt got XP Home, I got XP Pro so I cant be sure that the claims XP Home can only see 5 other computers on the network are true, but XP Pro can see more than 10. I know that for a fact. (XP Pro on a laptop, took to my tafe campus, hooked it up and could see 30+ computers in each lab (workgroup) with ease...pity about the firewall tho)

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    ok, i'm confused...

    When you say you can only log 5 on, then have to log one off.. what are you talking about? logging on to what? the machine?

    And when you say 5 / 10 max, maximum what? machines possible on a network? There is no problem with the TCP/IP numbering system as long as you understand it.

    Sorry, i'm not quite sure where you are coming from here... if possible, can you give us a detailed description of what you are using?

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    If the troops dont go in the direction the boss points them
    then the boss sacks them (or on the battlefield ... shoots them),
    the point ....... We Willy knows !!!!!!
    The question why did you PAY more ???? (for Pro)
    ..... to get what you used to pay less for, or perceived benefits
    like "I've got PRO" ......... and shelled out more dough !!!!
    (or are you running a floppy coppy, because PRO costs more??)

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    From King Billy's site

    Windows XP Home Edition > Product Information > Product Overview
    Windows XP Professional: The Right Choice for Larger Networks
    Posted: January 30, 2002

    Windows XP Home Edition is a great choice for small or home networks (typically two to five computers), but for the best experience on larger networks (typically more than five computers) for example, at a school or business, Windows XP Professional is the right choice.

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    does " BEST EXPERIENCE" translate into really meaning you can only
    run five on a peer to peer and THAT'S IT ...... ie their is NO other
    experience .......DECEPTION BY OMMISSION. ..........???????????????????

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    xp network is as set with the wizard
    the computers set their own tcp / ip
    number

    We are not using a server
    (You can have unlimited connections through
    a server with Pro )

    All ten computers are connected to the
    Network "Cottage"

    However when one computer talks to
    another it becomes Logged on to that
    computer if there are more than four
    other computers logged on to that computer
    XP gives a sharing error message and will
    not allow you to see that computer
    This also applies to shared printers etc

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    Beefy,
    hope the message above clears up your question,
    there are another three computers with XP HOMEless
    to be added to the network
    believe you can only peer to peer 5 computers on
    HOMEless and 10 peer to peer on PRO,
    but with server PRO can handle more ?

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    i can assure that pro can handle a lot more than just 10 icons

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