Hi. I'm new to this forum and to be honest I joined it mainly to solve a peciliar problem that I am quite frustrated about, though I do intend to post regularly on most IT issues - there are far too many these days.
My office IT guys couldn't help me but are aware of this problem on their other machines as well. I see lots of websites also suggesting a lot of things but nothing has helped so far.
I have set up a wireless system with a Linksys router for internet connectivity at home.
I am using one desktop (Win Xp Home Edition SP2) with a Linksys wireless receiver which is set up on a workgroup called MSHOME. The printer is connected to the desktop. The desktop has Norton Antivirus and Norton Internet Security installed.
I also have a laptop (Win Xp Pro Edition SP2) with an inbuilt wireless adaptor. My laptop is normally configured for my office LAN within a domain - no workgroup is assigned. The laptop is installed with McAfee as part of my company's instructions.
My success so far:
I configured both the desktop and the laptop successfully as independent machines going on to the internet with the help of Starhub (the ISP of Singapore and Linksys online help).
I also successfully configured such that I am able to "see" my desktop and its shared folders and the printer and am also able to "work" on the large hard disk of my desktop and also able to "print". Further I am able to ping my desktop successfully.
On the home wireless network I am unable to ping from the desktop to the laptop and so I am also unable to "see" the laptop. So obviously I am also unable to do any file sharing etc on the laptop. Even if I disable Firewall on both machines or I disable McAfee/Norton on the machines, each time it's a persistent "Request Timed Out".
On the office network (LAN) it is the same problem for my administrator. He is unable to ping to me but is able to at least "see" my machine name. But he is not able to view any folders.
Any one can come up with a real good help on this issue?