Tips for Securing Your Home Router
Seemingly minor and easily overlooked settings can still have profound security implications. Here are some steps you can take to make sure your wired or wireless home router — and by extension, your network — is as secure as possible.
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I can't see my other computer(s) in Network Neighborhood,
or they appear and disappear.
Ahhh, this is the question that has been asked since before
Time began... or at least since Microsoft bundled networking into their
products! There are entire Web sites that are devoted to the subject
of Windows networking (one of the most comprehensive is J.
Helmig's WOWN site), but I just might be able to save you some
2) Make sure you are logged in! File and printer sharing depends on your being logged into Microsoft
Networking. You can do this two ways:
Windows Login. If you set the Primary Network Logon
box as shown below, you will be automatically logged into the network
when Windows starts up. Note
that if when Windows first asked you to login (when you first installed
it or when you turned on your new computer for the first time) and
you didn't enter a password, you still get logged in to Network
services each time Windows starts. Windows just doesn't ask
you for a password any more. If you entered a password, Windows
will prompt you for it and you must enter it to successfully login.
If you press the Escape (ESC) or any other
key, you won't be logged on and won't be able to see anything in Network
If the Primary Network Logon is set to Client for Microsoft
Networks or Microsoft Family Logon, you must enter a
password when the logon box comes up, or if you don't have a password,
you must press the Enter key to successfully logon.
If you press the Escape (ESC) or any other key, you won't be logged
on and won't be able to see anything in Network Neighborhood!
3) Set the Default Protocol
I've found this simple thing to cure many misbehaving
networks, especially ones with both Win98 and 95 machines.
Go to the Advanced
tab of the same protocol on each adapter (I suggest NebBEUI... as shown
below) and check the Set this protocol to be the default protocol box.
4) If this doesn't solve your problem, you may need to work through the
procedures in this MS
5) Personal firewall software can interfere with Windows
Networking operation. See this
tip and also this one.