I am having extreme difficulties sharing files over my home network! I have 3 PCs and one Mac. I have tried the Mac forums and the Windows forums, to no avail.
On the Mac side:
File Sharing is ON, with smb
Users are set to Everyone with read/write privileges
WINS has the correct Workgroup name
Network Name has no spaces in it
Shared my Desktop, Public Folder, Documents, and Shared folders (just to cover root folders and specific ones too)
Mac gives an smb://xxx.xxx.x.x address and a local network accession "mycomputername.local," but I don't know what to do with either of these things. When I put the addresses into the Windows Run dialogue box or in Internet Explorer, they don't seem to recognize the path.
Firewall is set to Allow All Incoming Connections
Under the Shared location in Finder, I can see my router name, and if I click on it, I can connect. No password is required. I am connected as my account name. However, I can't see the PC or anything at all, in fact.
Under the Shared location in Finder, I can see my shared name for my Mac. But I cannot connect to it, probably because I'm connecting from my Mac.
It would be nice to use the smb://DNSname/sharename or the smb://IPaddress/sharename function in the Go to Server window, but I have no idea where to find this information on my PC. Or on the network. Or whatever this is referring to.
On the PC:
Sharing is NOT password protected under Advanced Sharing Options
I am sharing my Desktop and My Documents with Everyone and Guest, and Windows 7 has provided a file://computername/Users/foldername path. However, when I put this into the Connect to Server or Connect to File window, there is an error.
I can click on my Mac computer name in the Network window, but I get the error message that it cannot connect (network path cannot be found, using \\MYMACNAME as the path). This is when my Mac says it is "connected" when I click on the router in Finder's Shared places.
Of course both the Mac and the PC have full connectivity to the same network.
Also, I have disabled the internal firewall in the Belkin router.
Also, my accounts have identical names with no spaces.
Any advice? Thanks guys!!