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Computer belongs to a domain so I cannot connect to my home network

Computer belongs to a domain so I cannot connect to my home network

(OP)
I would like to connect my work computer to my home workgroup when I am at home.  When I run the Network Setup Wizard I get the following message:

"The wizard detected that this computer belongs to a domain.  Therefore, you cannot use this wizard to set up a network"

Can I get around this?

RE: Computer belongs to a domain so I cannot connect to my home network

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RE: Computer belongs to a domain so I cannot connect to my home network

Do you really want it to be part of the workgroup or do you just need it to get an ip address? Do you just need internet access and maybe a printer or are you trying to map drives?

Also make sure you are not violating company policy regarding security. It's not nice to bring a virus back to the network.

RE: Computer belongs to a domain so I cannot connect to my home network

If your computer is set to pick up IP address automatically - and you have a DHCP server (eg, router) at home, you should be able to access other machines on the network using \\machinename in run box (or \\IP address of machine), and internet should just work (unless you have for example proxy settings at work - then you'd need to disable them at home - but that's just unchecking a box - and checking it again at work).

RE: Computer belongs to a domain so I cannot connect to my home network

(OP)
I really just want access to the printer.  Sharing some files would be useful too.  Let me give this a try tonight and let you know how I do.  

By the way, what is the Network Setup Wizard really doing?  Is it just assigning IP addresses and setting up a link in Network Places, or is there more to it than that?

RE: Computer belongs to a domain so I cannot connect to my home network

(OP)
I have the IP address automatically, and I have a router.  The router and internet work just fine.  I have no trouble getting in to my work network through VPN.  STill can't find the desktop though.  Neither \\machinename nor \\ipaddress find the desktop.  Anything else I can try?

RE: Computer belongs to a domain so I cannot connect to my home network

Network Setup Wizard overview.

After you set up and physically connect your computers together, the Network Setup Wizard guides you through setting up your home or small office network. You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group to run the Network Setup Wizard.

Start by running the Network Setup Wizard on your Windows XP computer.

With this wizard you can:

Configure all the computers on your network to use one Internet connection.
 
Name your computer and provide a computer description.

Enable file and printer sharing.

RE: Computer belongs to a domain so I cannot connect to my home network

(OP)
linney,

Using the Network Setup Wizard was the original plan.  Seemed simple enough.  That is how i set up my home network in the first place.  With my work computer, the My Network Places explorer window does not give me the option to run the Network Setup Wizard.  I was able to find it through the help menus.  When I ran it, I get the message that I listed in my first post.  I know conceptually that the wizard sets up network, but I am curious what the wizard is actually doing.

I was advised by a knowledgeable friend that I could change to a static ip instead automatically detecting it.  I was told to enter the same IP address that my desktop has except for the last number, and use the same default gateway that my desktop uses.  Reboot, and ping the desktop and I should have connectivity.  Didn't work though.  Pinging timed out, and I lost my internet, which makes me think that I lost the router altogether.  Doing that does not change my MAC address does it?  I have the router accepting only entered MAC addresses.  The good news is switching back to auto ip got me back to where I started.

Did I miss something using this procedure?

RE: Computer belongs to a domain so I cannot connect to my home network

(OP)
I just checked.  Changing to static ip, the MAC address does not change, and i think I actually still have connectivity with the router (says I am connected).  Must be a problem communicating with my ISP.

Could there be a firewall issue that prohibits me from seeing the desktop by simply searching \\machinename or \\ip?

Do I have to share something from the work computer?  The desktop is already shared.

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