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Home Networking Issue

Home Networking Issue

Home Networking Issue


I connected my laptop (Windows 2000 Professional) and desktop (Windows XP Professional SP2) to a Linksys router
for sharing the cable internet.
I usually use my laptop for connection to office thru VPN (Checkpoint SecuRemote).

When I switch on both laptop and desktop...I am not able to connect to office thru VPN, on my laptop.
It says DNS error..could not find the server.
But if I shutdown the Desktop, and connect only the laptop...then it is working fine...I could connect to work.

Does anyone know why this is happening and how to fix this.

Thanks in advance

RE: Home Networking Issue

does the laptop, and the desktop computer have the same workgroup name?, also, if the desktop has the internet connection, let the desktop boot up first, then boot the laptop, the reason is, the desktop wouldhave to issue a lan ip address to the laptop, also, have you setup an account on the desktop machine so that you can log on to the network?

I'll explain my setup, but replacing the actual workgroup names with fictional names.

my desktop has a workgroup name of pc1, the other 2 pc's have the same name (case sensitive), the desktop has accounts setup for each user on the network, so that when a user (named john) logs onto one of the other pc's he has to enter the password that was setup on the account named john on the xp machine, following me so far?

then to share an internet connection, run the 'network setup wizard' on the xp machine, create a 'network wizard floppy' then run the same program on the laptop, the network wizard on the xp machine will configure the network for internet connection sharing and also setup the internet connection sharing firewall.

I hope this has helped, I used the same procedures on my home network, and it all works fine.

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