08-23-2008 07:40 PM
"Name resolution and browsing the network would seem to be closely related. If you can resolve all of the names on a network, then you should be able to browse the network. While this appears on the surface to be true, it is not. The mechanism for browsing is unrelated to the name resolution process." As I understand it, if you already know the name of the remote computer, your computer will ask your main router to translate that name to an IP address, and it can then connect. 
 The layout of our house and location of the computers around our house pretty much dictate our home network needs to be set up this way with both a wired router and a wireless router configured as a switch.
 You'll need something like a pen or paper clip to push and hold the router's reset button.
 It may not be necessary to use Port 1. Probably any numbered port will do.
 Enter "192.168.1.1" (without the quotes) where you would usually enter e.g. http://www.linksys.com i.e. where the website address (also known as the URL) goes. Usually it's the field at the top of the browser.
 192.168.1.1 is for Linksys routers. I saw a D-Link router that used 192.168.0.1 instead.
 192.168.1.2 for a home network. Don't do 192.168.2.1 or you'll end up with two network domains.
 At the bottom click the "Save Settings" button. Then click the "Continue" button.
 This is the name that will show up when you (or your neighbor) browse for a wireless connection.
 I think the other setting, "TKIP or AES", will also work, since it includes AES.
 This is the password that prevents your neighbors from connecting to your home network and using your internet connection.
 We're looking for the word 'private'. Private for a home network.
 Optional. If there is no printer connected directly to this computer then you may leave this off. (e.g a printer connected to a USB port on this computer.)
 Optional. I found with this set to 'On' Vista did a bunch of time consuming things that were useless and a bit annoying for me, so I just switched this off.
 We want to make sure we don't end up with two computers thinking they are both the master browser. If you have browstat.exe installed you can go to a DOS command prompt and run: browstat status . See footnote 21 below for more.
 Open a web browser and go somewhere, such as www.linksys.com . See if it works.
 This is for the case where the wired router is your main router (has DHCP enabled) and the wireless router is just being used as a switch and access point (has DHCP disabled). It may not be necessary to use Port 1. Probably any numbered port will do.
 "How NetBIOS name resolution really works" by Robert L. Bogue
 The main router has DHCP turned on, and when a new computer connects to the network, the router gets that computer's name and assigns it an IP address (e.g. 192.168.1.101). The router keeps a table of computer names and corresponding IP addresses. You can view this table by logging into your router and searching for it. (e.g. for Linksys BEFSR41 router open a web browser and go to 192.168.1.1 , then go to STATUS -> LOCAL NETWORK and click the button 'DHCP Client Table')
 You may wish to disallow certain computers from becoming the Master Browser, such as computers that are frequently disconnected from your network, or slow computers. There's a registry key for that somewhere. But this is advanced.
 You may also download and install browstat.exe from Microsoft. This requires first installing .NET version 1.1 (browstat.exe wasn't happy with any other version of .NET . Yes you can have more than one version of .NET installed at the same time.)
Then at a DOS command prompt enter: browstat status
Note that error "Could not connect to registry, error = 53" is normal for a home network. Only Windows XP pro can connect to a remote registry, and probably some business version of Vista. It's not important.
And here's a superb website with networking troubleshooting info:
PChuck's Network: Microsoft Windows Networking, Security, and Support
08-23-2008 07:52 PM
02-07-2012 10:48 AM - edited 02-07-2012 10:50 AM