I am new to networking and I know some basic stuff but not nearly enough to get me out of the mess I am in at the moment.
I have two PC's, two network printers a switch and wireless router.
For the last four years everything worked perfectly, until I added the wireless router.
If I leave the wireless router unplugged and out of the equation then my network is like this:
My main PC has this
IP address: 192.168.100.1
Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
Default gateway: 192.168.100.254
DNS Server: 10.2.175.1
It has to be like that or else I don't have internet.
My network printers are using the following IP addresses: 192.168.100.2 / 192.168.100.3
So far everything is working perfectly. I have internet and I can print.
Now, the reason I wanted to add the wireless router is so I can use my my uncapped internet on my nokia N8 and my other PC.
I have never been able to connect to my Nokia N8 and at first I thought the problem might be with the phone. But after trying it on my other pc, that wouldn't work either.
After a lot of windows 7 diagnosing itself it finally got itself onto the internet, but I cannot join a homegroup or access any of the files on my other pc. And the internet isn't stable. If I do a restart then it has no internet again and half and hour and two beers later its got it again.
So obviously, I messed up somewhere. What I can't figure out is where.
I changed IP addresses on my router, but without knowing what or where I can't help but feel that i'm digging a bigger grave for myself.
It might be better to do the whole thing with DHCP, but then I won't have internet.
Can some network guru help me sort this out?
I even changed my second pc from windows 7 to XP again to see if it could work like that, but getting it to work on XP is like trying to get a dead horse to jump fences.