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I need a windows networking guru to shed some light on my problem because it's really starting to get on my nerves. Let me first give a rundown on the way I have my network setup at home.

I have 5 total computers in the house but we're only concerned with the 3 I use. The other 2 are my family's main PC(XP Pro) and my brother's laptop(Vista Home).
I have a wireless router (Linksys WRT54GL) hardwired to my Family's PC. Upstairs (my room) I have my personal network. I connect my personal network to that router through a wireless ethernet bridge (Linksys WET54G). Attached to that bridge is a 5-port Linksys switch. Through that switch I connect my Sig rig and my Server hardwired. My Laptop connects wirelessly to my router. So in summary, my personal 3 computers look like this:

Sig Rig: Vista Ultimate 64 bit (hardwired to switch)
Server: XP Pro (hardwired to switch)
Laptop: XP Pro (connected to wireless router)

Now that you have a basic understanding of the way my network is setup, here is my problem. The connection between my Sig Rig and my Server is absolutely fine. I can map network drives from my server on my Sig Rig and ping back and forth and I have no problems RDPing by IP or Name. The issue is with my laptop. I can not ping my two computers connected to the switch. And from those two computers, I can not ping my laptop. B4 you ask, it's not a firewall issue, not only did I have the exceptions correct but I now have all firewalls completely disabled. The weird thing is that from my laptop, I can ping my families 2 computers (Family PC and brothers' laptop) but not my two computers. I have run GFI Languard on both my laptop and my main PC below and as you can see from the screen shots, they don't pick up each other.

From Sig Rig



From Laptop




Is there anyone that has any idea what's going on here? I've looked at just about everything I can think of on all the computers. I dont' know where else to turn. I really need to be able to access my other two computers from my laptop.
post #2 of 7
That is weird...

I don't know how to fix it, but as a temporary round about, you can always use VNC until you fix the problem...
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possibly something to do with wireless ? try hardwiring it and see if you can ping
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I just had somewhat of a breakthough but it still doesn't completely solve my problem. My Sig Rig and Server have static IPs, but my laptop is on automatic. I used to have it set on static but when it was after a few days I wasn't able to get on the internet. The only thing allowed me to get on was to switch back to automatic ip/dns. I just switched back to static and now I can access all my computers. Im still at a loss.
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possibly something to do with wireless ? try hardwiring it and see if you can ping
I did and still the same issue. Only setting IP to static did the trick. Does that means it's something to do with my router/DHCP?
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Well, how old is your router? I had to start using statics on my computers when my router died.
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Well, how old is your router? I had to start using statics on my computers when my router died.
It's only 2 months old, I doubt that's it. I will say I'm not very familiar with the settings of my router besides for setting up wireless, wireless security and forwarding ports. Therefore there could be a setting on my router that's causing this that I'm unaware of.
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