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Chapter 8. Sharing Your Network > What Went Wrong: Your Quick Fix Reference

What Went Wrong: Your Quick Fix Reference

Setting up your network for sharing is typically not too difficult, but if you have problems, here are some troubleshooting tips:

  • If you have tried to extend your wireless network signal by pointing a directional antenna through a window, you might be frustrated to discover that the signals don't seem to go very far. There are a couple of possible reasons for this. A metal screen will stop the signal, but even a window without a screen will block the signal if the window is made using low-E glass—which most modern windows contain. Your only option might be to place the antenna outside.

  • If your router won't power up when it is connected using a power over Ethernet kit, the problem could be an incorrectly wired network cable. In particular, a Cat3 cable typically doesn't have the extra wires needed to send the power for the router. Try a different, high-quality Cat5 or Cat5E cable.

  • If you add an external antenna to a device that has two antennas, you might find that your results are somewhat unsatisfying because of interference between the two antennas. Use the advanced setup screens in the router's (or other device) configuration utility to set the router to use only the antenna connector that is attached to the external antenna. The default setting is always diversity, which uses both antennas. You will want to choose either right or left, depending on where you've connected the external antenna.

  • Your PCs need to be in the same workgroup to share files on your home network. If you've set up network shares but still can't share files, see Chapter 6, “Configuring Your Network: Bringing Everything Together,” for information on making sure that you have specified your workgroup properly.

  • If you share a printer that is connected to a Windows XP or Windows 2000 system, you might have to use the Security tab of the printer's Properties dialog box to enable each user to access the printer. You can either use the Add button to add individual users, or you can simply make certain that the “Everyone” user has permission to print.

  • Wireless network antennas must point in the same direction for the best signal. If you have some antennas oriented vertically and some horizontally, you'll probably have shorter range or might not be able to connect at all. Antenna orientation is especially critical with external directional antennas.

  • If one of the PCs on your network is unable to connect to both the Internet and your network, check the IP address of that PC's network adapter as discussed in Chapter 5, “Installing Your Network Hardware: This Won't Hurt a Bit.” Incorrect IP addresses can result from having drivers for more than one network adapter installed. Uninstalling unnecessary drivers might resolve the problem.

  • Manufacturers sometimes upgrade the internal software (called firmware) in devices such as routers and network adapters. These upgrades often correct various newly discovered problems and might make it easier for you to make reliable connections. See the user manual for your devices to learn how to check for available firmware upgrades.



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