Thanks for the reply. I was all day playing around w/ the settings and had some luck but not all of it.
To answer you question(s)
Yes there is a server that is on a seperate workgroup and its using the router for the net. None of the pc's are connected to the server. the server is just there for med. billing purposes...totally independed. The internet is thru the router.
I had one machine w/ windows 2000 sp4, and as soon as i enabled the web security feature i could not get that machine to get online as it would simply not connect and woudl not prompt me to enter the key to connect to the router. after gizillion tries i ended up formatting n installing xp pro :\
A question I had regarding the Mac address filtering was .. If I manually add all the pc's mac address's and names into my router's GUI settings, what happens to say a laptop i bring from home and I 'd like to connect it? I'll have to loginto the GUI page and enter is mac address and then establish a connection? How do i get the MAC address when the laptop is not even connected to the network. I'm asking this becuase i tried to enable mac addres filtering, but there were 2 systems that were not attached to the router so I couldn't auto detect them and get their mac address's. I tried to get their address's but failed.
Anyhow after spending bout 2 hours I had the wireless up w/ WEP security. The next issue to tackle was the 'access denied' message. After fiddling w/ the security and permission settings, i figured out that the profile "everyone" allows everything to run smoothly. IF I use "poweruser" or adminstrators or nething as such I'd get the error.
I have different login names at each PC w/ differnet passwords. (1 user per pc) I have one printer that i'd like to share w/ all PC's.
Below are the login names. Like I said, only 1 user per computer.
Netgear router: 192.168.1.1
PC1: 'FrontDesk' (printer pc) 192.168.1.2
PC2: 'Khaled' (sensitive data on this PC - to be accessed only by 2 users namely 'Front' and 'Karana') 1.3
PC3: 'Diane' (needs printer access only) 192.168.1.4
PC4: 'Front' (will send and retrieve sensitive data to khaled's PC) 192...1.5
PC5: 'Karana' (same as above) 192...1.6
PC6: server running in a diff. workgroup. 192.168.1.150 (uses internet thru router)
All pcs need printer access which is on PC1 w/ username 'FrontDesk'
Thats all the details. I played w/ this stuff soo much today...totally into it. I gotta admit netwoking is fun!
ps. when running the network wizard, should i select the option that "computer are connected thru gateway" or "computer are connected to a hub". I tried both and it seems to make no diff. Also I have 'use simple file sharing' UNCHECKED on all pc's.
Edited by mujurip, 23 March 2006 - 12:29 AM.