said by olive403:
So - could someone me how to connect to the V1000h and access LAN devices - printer, TV, etc?
Or is this not possible with the v1000h?
(once again I am able to talk to the v1000h back and forth via ethernet)
Hi, olive403. Things to check:
1. Do you have more than one computer wired to the V1000h?
2. If you can print from even one wired computer across the LAN to a wired network printer, your LAN is working correctly. Thus, the problem is configuration elsewhere.
3. Can you connect your wireless laptop to the V1000h via ethernet cable and share that way? If so, your problem is in the security configuration for the wireless connection on your laptop. If not, the problem is in the security configuration for your laptop and/or your security configuration for your wired desktop(s).
4. As AnonTechEDM mentioned, there are three parts to a successful file-sharing process under Windows. The first is the need to enable Windows File and Printer Sharing. The second is to open the Windows Firewall to enable File and Printer Sharing. The third is to open any third-party Firewall to enable File and Printer Sharing. Until this is done on all
the computers connected via the Actiontec, you will not be able to see fileshares on the LAN.
So, the next set of questions:
1. Do you have more than one wired computer plugged into the wired ethernet connections on the back of the Actiontec?
2. Can you share files and folders on the two wired machines?
3. If you only have one wired computer, there is no easy way to tell whether or not Windows File Sharing is enabled. If Windows File Sharing is not enabled on the wired computer - you will not be able to "see" the wired computer from the Laptop - no matter what you do.
4. For Windows boxes, Google "How do I enable file and printer sharing in Windows XX" (where xx is the Windows version on that machine). Follow the procedures to enable file and printer sharing on each machine you wish to use with the Actiontec.
Note: The procedures for enabling File and Printer Sharing vary between XP, Vista, W7 and W8. Make sure you use the specific instructions for the appropriate OS on each of the machines.
5. If you are trying to cross-connect between a computer running Windows XP and any newer machine that has Homegroups - this may require special treatment. Please let us know if this is the case.
6. Using the procedure you found for each OS, allow the default Windows Firewall to permit LAN traffic that supports File and Printer Sharing. If you performed the setup process for File and Printer Sharing properly on the wired machines, this should have been set properly as part of the sharing setup routine. However, there is no guarantee this worked properly - so we are going to check manually anyways. Check the Windows Firewall configuration on each machine to ensure File and Printer Sharing is properly enabled in the Windows Firewall properties. If not, you won't get a connection to a remote computer even if File and Printer Sharing is enabled in Windows itself.
Note: You want to get this right, so that you can temporarily disable any third-party firewall - in order to tell whether or not that third-party firewall is the reason you can't connect to other machines.
A caveat: I do not
recommend using the Windows Firewall as your default. You should be running something much more capable than the default Windows Firewall - but allowing selective use of the Windows Firewall for diagnostic purposes only
is acceptable for short periods of time. During these periods, the use of Internet Explorer to go to the Windows Update site is acceptable. I recommend no other internet access while the machine is vulnerable in this manner - especially under Windows XP.
The reason you want this working properly - is because when you temporarily disable any third-party firewall - Windows Firewall is re-enabled by default. Thus, you have no idea whether or not the problem is with your third-party firewall until
you know you can share files and printers using the Windows Firewall.
And no, for obvious reasons, you don't turn off the Windows firewall. In today's world, running with no firewall at all is suicidal - malware is
7. If you are using a third-party firewall (Norton Internet Security, Kapersky Internet Suite, Avast, Comodo, ZoneAlarm or similar) this takes the place of the Windows Firewall on that machine - and thus must also be properly configured to support File and Printer Sharing. This is true for each machine that tries to talk across the network.
Note: If you have different third-party firewall software on each of the computers connected to the Actiontec, then each individual machine must be configured correctly using the specific options unique to that particular piece of firewall software. There is no "generic" way to deal with this. It is often best to standardize on one third-party Anti-Malware/Firewall product for all machines in your household - for no other reason than once you find the correct configuration on one machine, it is very likely that will work for all machines.
8. Once you get two machines configured correctly, you should be able to "see" the other machine's shares across the network. Try using "My Network Places", clicking on "Entire Network" and then clicking on "Microsoft Windows Network" - your workgroups should show in that window. The default workgroup name is either "MSHOME" or "WORKGROUP", depending upon the version of Windows in use. If you customized the workgroup name, then your custom workgroup name should appear.
Note: If you did not remember to standardize on the same workgroup name across all machines, there will be multiple workgroups shown in that window. You should be able to see the shares for each workgroup by clicking on that workgroup name and noting the sharenames in the workgroupshare window for that particular workgroup.
BTW, if you have multiple workgroups - it would be a good idea to settle on a standard name and change the divergent machines so they all have the same workgroup name. This tends to make "automatic share discovery" much more reliable.
9. Now that we know the wired LAN is fully functional and stable for all wired-connection machines, we are going to perform the same actions on each wireless laptop. Again, we are going to enable File and Printer sharing, open the Windows Firewall, open the third-party firewall, and confirm the wireless connection allows wireless laptops to share files with wired computers.
10. Here's where things may get a little tricky. It is often the case that the router "gets confused" when you are making changes to the wireless configuration on a wireless device like a laptop. In this case, the only solution is to power down all
network devices - laptops, printers, desktops and the modem/router itself - and then power up the devices in the following order:
c) Modem/Router if you are using a Combo device
d) Master Wired Desktop Machine (supposed to be plugged into the first of the 4 ports on the router)
e) Network Printer
f) the Laptop under test
Note: Allow each device to "settle" before turning on the next device. The Actiontec has "settled" when all the frantic blinking on the front has decayed down to a dull roar. The Wired Desktop Machine has "settled" when you can see that machine's fileshares in Windows Explorer (even though there are no other fileshares available yet). The Network Printer has "settled" when the "Ready" notification shows in the Printer Status Window on the Printer. The Laptop has "settled" a few minutes after it quits frantically buzzing its Hard Disk during startup.
Start by only powering up the Actiontec and the Wired Desktop machine. Once you have those two devices in a valid sharing configuration, add one more machine at a time - checking in each case to see that all available shares (on the two machines, then three, and so on) show up as shares on their complement machines.
Once you have the Master Desktop Machine and the first laptop running and settled, go and look for the workgroup or homegroup name on each of the two devices to see whether or not the shares on the companion machine are visible.
Note: It can take a while (especially with Apple devices) for the wireless items to appear. Generally, they should appear within a couple of minutes - but it could take as long as 15 minutes.
There. Going through that entire procedure should keep you busy for a while.
Please let us know how you get on. There may be other undiscovered "gotchas" that also need to be worked out.
Hope this helps.