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Here is my setup:

  1. I have an ADSL router with internet connection, IP address:
  2. I have a 100 Mbps Dax network switch with 8 ports.
  3. I have two computers with the IP addresses and

What I have done?

  • I connected my 2 computers and the ADSL router to the 8 port network switch.
  • Both computers are in same work group. Both has the default gateway as Subnet mask:
  • Run the 'Setup a home or small office network' wizard with the second option - "connects through the residential gateway".

What I can do?

  • Both computers can connect to internet through the router.
  • Both computers can ping either the other computer and the router.

What is my problem?

  • I cannot access the shared files and folders on the other computer from one computer.
  • I cannot access the other system with Remote Desktop connection.
  • I cannot access the computer if i run \computer1
  • I can access the local apache server running on one system from other system by putting the IP address in the browser.

Can somebody help me with my "Cannot's"?

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the firewalls are off and remote desktop is turned on. and i don't need remote desktop. i was just checking that. – JSixface Jan 31 '10 at 18:47
Do you have a third party firewall, like Symantec/Norton/McAfee installed? – Jan 31 '10 at 22:37

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Your firewall is probably blocking the services, and remote desktop may be turned off. See my suggestions here.

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Also disable Simple File Sharing (This option is present in Folder options) – Ganesh R. Jan 31 '10 at 14:32

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