windows/os x/linksys wireless networking problem

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by roraz, Mar 10, 2005.

  1. macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2005
    my family has recently purchased some wireless enabled computers and laptops.

    3 windows computers (1 computer cabled to the gateway, the other two wireless enabled) - 1 wireless g4 powerbook (just got today)

    I thought id share the wealth by allowing them access to my broadband and files. I bought a linksys wireless adsl modem gateway, I connected the gateway to my computer via ethernet cable and plugged the gateway to the telephone line.

    I followed the instructions and set up my isp details in the browser. That was it..

    the other 2 windows computers and the powerbook detected the wireless network and all the wireless computers have access to the internet via my broadband connection.

    however im not sure how to access the other computer files??

    I looked at this -

    but i got a bit confused, plus i figured I needed to sort out the file sharing between all the windows computers first before trying to do it between a windows and a Mac :D

    All my computers ahve their own names and are in the same workgroup but apart from that im not really sure what to do and everything I ve looked at on google was confusing (linsys manual/support wasn't any help either)

    any help/advice would be appreciated :confused:
  2. macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2004
    C-ville, VA
    First off, are you encrypting your network? WPA and WEP will break filesharing for some reason. If not then let's keep going.

    I assume that you have done the network setup on the Windows machines? And they aren't running the firewall as is default in SP2 (if you have that)? I've found that even if you open the smb port, filesharing won't always work with that firewall on. I know it should work but my dumb self can't get it right apparently.

    If you've done all the stuff to this point, I'm going to have to start looking for more details before I get back to you. It's been a long time since I have troubleshot smb sharing.

    With the mac you should just have to start windows sharing, and it should work decently. You could delve into the /etc/samba/smb.conf and tweak it, but you shouldn't have to.

  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2005
    right something happened (i think after i turned off all the firewalls on all the computers)

    the computers that were on - my main one (connected by cable to the gateway), my powerbook and the computer downstairs

    suddenly my powerbook folders and the downstairs cpu shared folders appeared in my network on my main computer, in the workgroup the powerbook appeared and so did the downstairs computer

    on the mac, its folders appeared on the network as well as the downstairs computers shared folders

    on the downstairs cpu all the folders mentioned above appeared, and in workgroups its own computer appeared, as well as the mac


    the main computer did not appear on the downstairs computers workgroup list, nor did it appear in the powerbooks network listings (also mention that while the downstairs computers own name appeared in its workgroup listings, the main computer for some reason doesn't appear in its own listing for workgroups)

    if you can understand all that, basically im saying that the main 'cabled' computer for some reason isn't showing up on any of the computers network listings (even though the other computers are appearing on it)

    Ive checked, and its firewall is off as well. Im not sure why it isn't appearing in the workgroup listings :confused:
  4. macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2004
    C-ville, VA
    Sounds like sharing isn't on. Stupid question, but you did do the network setup on that computer, right?

    Otherwise it could be that the wireless and wired network aren't bridged correctly. This would be a router issue if it is true, and I have no idea how to fix it. We will have to hand the torch to a more experienced person.

    Can you ping your main computer from your powerbook? If you can then the networks are bridged and sharing just isn't active. If not then something us up with your router.

  5. thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2005
    what do i have to type in the powerbook (im guessing in utilities) to ping my main computer?

    i don't think there is a problem with the router, the reason being i finally managed to do this -

    i got my main computers shared mp3 folder on my powerbook, so that means the connection between them is alright. But for some reason the main computer doesn't want to register in the workgroup listings or on the powerbooks networks?? while i could use the above method to access stuff off the main computer through the powerbook, i still can't access the main computer from the other windows computers in the house....

    edit: worked how to ping the main computer from the powerbook, heres the results:

    Ping has started ...
    PING ( 56 data bytes
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=128 time=2.254 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=128 time=1.154 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=128 time=1.159 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=128 time=1.198 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=128 time=1.155 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=5 ttl=128 time=1.142 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=6 ttl=128 time=1.144 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=7 ttl=128 time=1.173 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=8 ttl=128 time=1.148 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=9 ttl=128 time=1.156 ms
    --- ping statistics ---
    10 packets transmitted, 10 packets received, 0% packet loss
    round-trip min/avg/max = 1.142/1.268/2.254 ms
    is this normal?
  6. macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2004
    C-ville, VA
    Yep, your networks are bridged correctly. So you can access a share from your main computer? Are you just connecting directly by IP address? I'm guessing it is something with the smb protocol streaming from network to network. Now we are getting way out of my league, so I may not be much help anymore.

  7. thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2005
    all my computers on the network are showing in the workgroup listing except the cabled system (my main computer).

    the others are all connected to each other just fine, and can access each other

    i know theres not a connection problem as i can ping the main machine from all the other computers, plus access the net on the machine.

    I don't know why the main computer isn't showing up in the workgroup??

    its starting to drive me nuts :mad:

    Ive run the network wizard/enabled file sharing on the main machine, checked that the main machine was in the workgroup?

    Some point today for some fluke reason the main machine turned up in the other computers listings, and I could access its files from them. I don't know what I did (if anything) but it seems to have dissappeared. :(

    the other xp machines and the Mac were easy, they just showed up, but the main machine is being a pain in the arse :mad:
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2004
    I can't believe someone would actually suggest this as being true. WEP and WPA have nothing to do with Windows filesharing and turning either one on (or off) will have no effect what-so-ever on your ability to see and/or share files to other computers.
  9. Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    You beat me to it.

    Just to reaffirm those comments. Wireless encryption has no impact on file sharing.

    I have WPA security on my wirless LAN (which hooks in to my wired LAN) and have no problems at all.
  10. macrumors 601

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy part of the Pacific NW
    You are correct - although you could perhaps have phased this a little less insultingly.

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