When I first added a second PC to my home office about 6 months ago, I used the XP Network setup wizard to link the two PCs together so that we can exchange files by putting shared folders on each computer. I set up the network on both computers, gave them the same workgroup name and everything worked. I could access the selected folders on either computer by going to My Network Places or Shared Docements.
About a week ago my router died and I replaced it (a Belkin) with a Linksys router. Both PCs connect to the Internet through this router using Comcast cable service. I also have a Samsung printer connected to the router through a NetGear print server. That all works fine. But I can't seem to re-establish my network.
I have gone through the whole Set up a home or small office network process several times with several variations with no success. Everything seems to look OK, I see the name of each computer and the workgroup, which are correct for both, I have designated certain folders as shared folders, but after rebooting and checking I can't find any shared folders or network connection to either computer.
In setting up the network I tried the option Connect through a gateway, but when that didnt work, I selected Other and the computer showed "this computer connects to the internet through a hub..." which sounds correct for a router, but still nothing works.
What am I missing here in setting this up or accessing it" Do I need to enter the workgroup (which I named MSHOME and then tried renaming as BGHOME)?