I have the WinXP machines set up in a Workgroup (NetBEUI protocol installed). That works OK -- no problem there. I am trying (once again) to introduce a laptop from work that is set up to be logged into a Domain. It is also runs WinXP Pro. I'm not having much success.
After much, much effort, I managed to do this with my previous office laptop (WinXP Pro, set up to login to the same domain) -- and managed to get it to work reasonably well. I had it set up so that the Workgroup name was the same as the Domain name (COMPANYNAME and COMPANYNAME.ORG). Adding in the NetBEUI protocol to my laptop, it was able to enter into the Workgroup here and access the other 2 WinXP Pro workstations. The reverse didn't work too well -- Remote Desktop was my solution for that. It was also able to access the printers by name (not just by IP address) or one of my workstations that had was sharing the printers. All in all -- after a lot of trial and error, I got things to work. This worked whether it was connected hard wire (connected to the net switch) or wireless (thru the WAP).
Last week, I got the NEW laptop (3 yr life cycle replacement plan at work) -- same WinXP Pro but with some new bells and whistles -- internal wireless, etc. -- and I tried the same approach. It worked but not really. Was able to enter the Workgroup OK and access the other machines but not the other way 'roound. I should have just let it alone at that point and been happy with it. But no...I had to twiddle with it...got fooling around with the authentication settings (hadn't been accessible on the previous laptop), thinking that THIS would finally let the Workgroup computers access my company laptop. Didn't seem to help. So I did other stuff having to do with registering the computer name on the network and other stuff (forgotten exactly what) and now I've really hosed it. Now , when the laptop is connected to the network directly (hard wired) it can see the Workgroup but is being forbidden access to the Workgroup itself. Still, I can ping the computers in the Workgroup and set up network connections with them by IP adresss. But the reverse is definitely not true -- can't see it in the Workgroup, can't ping it, can't set up a network connection to it.
But....if I connect the laptop to the network through the WIRELESS connection, the laptop shows up as part of the Workgroup and can access the other computers in the Workgroup. While the reverse is not exactly the same -- you can't access the laptop from a Workgroup computer thru the network window -- it is possible to set up a network connection to it by its IP address.
I could say -- OK -- I've got a way to make the laptop part of the net -- but it would ONLY be if it's entry point is Wireless. I really WOULD like to have it included when it's connected to the net directly -- 100 Mbps is definitely better than 11 Mbps thru my 8022.11b WAP.
Frankly, I don't know what to do or what I did wrong. Hope that somebody out there might have some ideas to offer. I'm out of them. Thanks!