: Sharing files across the network....

2008-09-07, 11:51 AM
OK - pretty basic setup - 1 laptop connected wirelessly through a DI-524 router, and one desktop PC directly connected to the router. I've shared both main drives, and want to be able to see/transfer/modify files of my desktop's HD while sitting on the couch with my laptop....but it's not working. I did have it working about a year ago, then it stopped and I'm finally getting around to asking why.

Any ideas what to check or how to troubleshoot? Any help would be appreciated.


2008-09-07, 12:05 PM
Try mapping the drives.
You'll need to know the network names of each computer and username/pass if the domains don't match.
I'm on XP, if you have vista it might be different steps.

My Computer -> Tools -> Map Network Drive

Pick a letter for the drive to have, then put in the shared path:


i.e. if the desktop's name is desktop and its shared folder is called shareddocs

you would put in \\desktop\shareddocs

If this doesn't work, there is something else fundamentally wrong - the folder isn't being recognized as shared.
(Ensure you have everything correct, though. A small error will result in it saying the path does not exist)

2008-09-07, 12:13 PM
Thanks for the fast reply! I am using Windows XP - I guess that would help :)

Tried mapping but that doesn't work either.... One more question for you - is it:


or is it


If it's servername - how do I find the server's name? Last year it was working by simply typing in \\<desktopPCname>.

2008-09-07, 01:02 PM
Figured it out! Thanks recneps77 - when you mentioned "servername" I went poking around the My Network places on the desktop. I created a new workgroup called "Home", shared a few folders to test it out, and after 3 or 4 reboots on both machines (I'm not kidding) it finally works.

Thanks again - I appreciate the fast response and pointing me in the right direction.

2008-09-08, 10:36 PM
Glad you got it working.
Sorry with the confusing terminology.
"Server" = the name of the desktop computer. The one "serving" files ;)
All servers are are computers hosting files for other computers. The difference between yours and a commercial one is just size, power, and several thousand dollars :)