First, apologies for raking over what is probably extremely old ground for regular forum-goers in these parts. Nevertheless, I’m stuck and it’s driving slightly bonkers. I have read through a number of useful posts on the forum but being the sort of person who finds computer networking inevitably confusing, I’m afraid I still need help.
I’m trying to set up an ad-hoc wifi network between my desktop and laptop with aim of setting up ICS on the laptop (as well as the ability to swap files across the network) The desktop is based on the Asus P5K-E WIFI-AP motherboard, the laptop has an internal wifi modem and I’m using a USB DSL modem connected to the desktop to connect to the internet.
I’ve assigned a fixed IP to the laptop; 192.168.0.10 on subnet mask, 255.255.255.0. The desktop also uses a fixed IP: 192.168.0.5 on subnet mask 255.255.255.0.
I’ve created a ‘trusted zone’ within CF (installed on the desktop): range between 192.168.0.5 and 192.168.0.6 with the following rules:
Allow, IP, In, Source IP (my trusted zone), Destination IP (my trusted zone)
Allow, IP Out, Source IP (my trusted zone), Destination IP (my trusted zone)
When I try to activate the network my laptop connects briefly before becoming disconnected within seconds. It tries again, connects, and then disconnects again and so it goes on.
If I can get past this particular problem, I’d be interested to know how I can configure CF to allow the laptop to use an assigned IP which I believe may be necessary for ICS.
While I’m picking those excellent brains out there, I’d also like to discover if it’s common for CF to complain about svhost.exe – it seems to provoke an awful lot of pop-up requests from Comodo. CF suggests that this may be down to virus activity but I’ve scanned the machine inside out and besides. It mainly seems to happen when I open certain programs such as ACDSee.
I really don’t want to swap out Comodo for another firewall but I may have to unless I can at least sort out my wifi network.
Many thanks in advance for any help.