I just bought this on the weekend and am using the DI-524 on a Windows
98se computer. The wireless USB adaptor is on my newer Win XP computer. I had it set up and sharing the Internet in about 10 minutes. I cannot however share files from one computer to another wirelessly with this setup (or is it even possible)? I am new to this networking stuff and would like to know what this wireless router is capable of. Do I have to use an ethernet cable connected from the router to my XP computer to share files? I mainly bought the DI-524 to share files from one computer to another (wirelessly) but have come up empty after several hours of exhaustive research even checking out the D-link website. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
I enabled file and print sharing, on the host computer I chose a folder to share and I got the little icon of the "hand" on the shared folder. I cannot see the shared folder on the client computer. I checked "my network neighborhood" and it is empty. It acts like the network doesn't exist. I also tried running the "network setup wizard" on the XP computer but it attempts to create a floppy disk and I don't have a floppy drive on my new computer so that's about as far as I get. The documentation with the router does not really address file sharing so I'm stuck...
I have Zone Alarm on my host computer and I have Norton Internet security on the client. Is it possible that one of them is causing the problem? As I stated earlier the Internet connection is being shared by both computers.
Yep, workgroups just organise the groupings, nothing to do with security or even visibility once the browse masters have been elected and any cross subnet browsing resolved which shouldn't be an issue here.
I just got off of work and I have been anxious all day to try your suggestions. I tried turning off the firewall on the client computer and I still can't connect to the host. I have also tried naming the workgroups the same on both computers.
Is the wireless part of this router capable of sharing files between the 2 computers? The DI-524 also has 4 wired ethernet ports. This may sound like a dumb question but this is my first router purchase. Both wireless devices are connecting fine but so far all I have been able to do is share the Internet. I don't think the 2 computers are talking to each other.
Maybe the basics may have to be where I start out from? How do I p>> Really? Well I guess I must have been remembering things wrong. I
Everything that David says below. But just to quell your concerns. I have a DI-524 at home with two wireless clients and three wired clients all connected to it. They can all share files between one another no problem. I don't remember there being anything out of the ordinary to getting it working either.
Ryan, this might sound like the dumbest question yet but I am not sure. Do I have to have a network adaptor or wireless card on both the host and client computer? What I am using now is a D-link kit with the wireless router and 1 USB adaptor. I do not have a network adaptor or wireless card on the host computer (just on the client). I was doing some reading in one of those "networking for Dummies" books and the wireless networking section had a diagram that made me think I had my wireless network set up wrong. I will look forward to your reply. Thanks!
6Mbits/sec is typical for a 10baseT-HDX (half duplex) connection. If you want faster, you'll need to upgrade your antique to a 10/100baseT card.
However, if *BOTH* computahs are wireless, then the thruput between each computah and the wireless access point is cut in half. So, if you were getting a respectable 12Mbits/sec between each computer and the wireless access point, then your aggregate thruput would be only
6Mbits/sec (or less). That's because only one radio can transmit at a time. Wireless is simplex.
Asymmetrical transfer rates can also be cause by Windoze buffer misconfiguration. The older Windoze mutations were optimized for dialup connections and don't do well with high speed connections.
Maybe. The software firewalls also control outgoing traffic. That's handy if you want to prevent a program from calling home every time it runs, or to stop a virus from propogating. The software firewalls (ZoneAlarm, Kerio, Norton, McAfee, etc) can detect a variety of worms and spyware that try to call out.
That sure would be nice. Just check this box to protect your LAN from all past, present, and future exploits and scumware. However, not this week.
The firewall in your bottom of the line DI-524 is fairly safe. Try:
the various router exploits tests. As long as you don't punch holes (IP ports) in your firewall for various services, it should be safe enough for incoming traffic from the internet. Your wireless is your major security concern. Anyone that hacks their way in via the wireless bypasses the DI-524 firewall. A software firewall on the PC's will provide substantial added protection. The DI-524 supports WPA-PSK. Use it.