Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows XP PLEASE RESPONDE, DON’T IGNORE

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I currently have a new Windows XP laptop computer It has an internal NIC card which allows it to access the Internet on its own I also have a Windows 98 Computer with its own internal Network Interface Card and an External Zoom DualMode 56 K Modem I also have a Windows ME Computer with its own internal Network Interface Card I Bought a Linksys 4 port Router and hooked the ethernet cable from the Laptop Computer to the 2 port at the back of the router I hooked the Windows 98 Computer with an Ethernet Cable to another port in the Router For the like of me I cannot stay on the laptop and access anyfiles on the Windows 98 machine For the like of Me I cannot log on to the Windows 98 Machine and see any files on the laptop What I want to do is if I get the Windows 98 Laptop working is a: Access anyfile on the Windows 98 machine from the Laptop and vice a versa b: Access anyfile on the windows ME machine from the laptop c: Access anyfile on the Windows ME machine from the Windows 98 machine Log on from the Windows 98 Machine to the Internet without any problems Right now all I can do is use the Laptop Computer Would you be kind enough to give me explicit instructions on how to achieve my ambition You can sent instructions to mwilson30058@hotmail.com This is like a project for 2005 I need to succeed and get it done Thanks

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Strange why did you buy a Router for this setup, why not settle for a switch. If you have a switch then you just needs to connect pc’s to the switch and then ensure that they all have ip addresses in the same scope. ex. 192.168.2.1 – 192. 168.2.6 using subnet mask 255.255.255.248. You can use the .1 address for the gateway.
On the other hand if you have a router you need to define 4 different subnets – one for each port ex. port 1: 192.168.11.1-6 using subnet mask 255.255.255.248 and using .1 address as host ip for the router port 1 and any ip between .2 and .6 as the host ip for the pc connected to the port and using 192.168.11.1 as gateway ip on this host. For each of the other 3 ports do a similar setup using 192.168.12.1-6 on port 2, 192.168.13.1-6 on port 3, 192.168.14.1-6 on port 4 using the same subnet mask as previous and following the same guidelines as for port 1.

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  • Larrythethird
    The Linksys router should also be a switch, a DHCP server and a NAT server. All the PCs should be getting an address of something like 192.168.2.x. That should not be your problem. You might need to put all the systems into the same workgroup. By default, they should all be in "workgroup". You should be able to go to Network Neighborhood or My Network Places and select view network computers, or view entire network, and see all four systems at once. Then it's a matter of sharing the files or folders you want from each computer. I would not allow access to ALL files on all computers, as you could possibly bother a system file. I would share just the My Documents and My Shared Folders. XP has the Home Network Helper which should walk you through all of this.
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  • geercom
    Whether router or switch, Windows 98 is not an easy OS to which to network. When I had such a setup, I had to wrestle and wrestle with it with restarts after each settings change before I could get either machine to see the other. If you have enough resources on the 98 box and can get ME or XP on there instead, that would save a lot of future problems. I wish I could recall what I ultimately did that worked but it's been a while and I don't have the same setup now. Good luck, D
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  • Bud8N2K6
    I agree with the person that said this is not a router/switch issue as the Linksys will be both by default and will setup routes automagically. The issue you are having deals with the workgroup all of your machines need to be a member of and threfore share resources. You will also need to create accounts on each machine with the exact same password and userid on every machine (this is how you have to do this with most home networks if you want to share resources). Anothe possibility is the XP firewall. Do you have SP2 installed on the Windows XP laptop? If you do this most likely has file and print sharing turned off by default. I would try the workgroup and accounts first and then post back to this question if that doesn't work. Also let us know about the XP firewall.
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  • geercom
    BudN2K's response sounds like what I did when I got mine working.
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  • Tippolo
    You might need to upgrade the firmware on the router, I just had a problem getting the my new Linksys router to communicate with SBC DSL, after calling Linksys tech support I upgraded the firmware and Voila! it works great. May not be a solution to your problem, though, as my XP-2000-98 computers all were networking fine before the firmware upgrade.
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