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Old 14-01-2020, 11:28 PM   #1
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Transfer files between 2 PCs within same network

Hi all,

i am wondering how to transfer files between 2 PCs under the same network, using Asus RT88U. When i used Starhub default router, Linksys iirc, i am able to transfer files. what settings should i look at for my RT88U?

usually if print and file sharing service is enabled, automatically i should be able to transfer files between both PCs.

my settings: private network, both
enabled print and file sharing services


Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 15-01-2020, 07:33 AM   #2
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What OS are your PC running? If using MS Windows OS, just enable NetBIOS protocol and use file sharing in Window Explorer.
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Old 15-01-2020, 08:16 AM   #3
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Hi all,

i am wondering how to transfer files between 2 PCs under the same network, using Asus RT88U. When i used Starhub default router, Linksys iirc, i am able to transfer files. what settings should i look at for my RT88U?

usually if print and file sharing service is enabled, automatically i should be able to transfer files between both PCs.

my settings: private network, both
enabled print and file sharing services


Any help is greatly appreciated.
What error are you getting when trying to establish a connection or sending a file to the other?

Most likely reason is would be when you change a router, the ip addresses of each of the machines could change if you didnt fixed the IPs of the PCs. First, try step, If you are using any saved shortcuts to connect to each PC, delete them and recreate them again. Second, if it still fails, check if both PCs are visible to each other. Ping test, etc. If still fails, disable security softwares such as firewalls, antivirus on both PC and router (some routers have security features that block certain traffic by default)
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Old 15-01-2020, 08:53 AM   #4
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Plug a storage drive into the RT-AC88U USB port to use as network storage.

Transfer from 1st PC to this network storage.

From the 2nd PC, access this network storage to copy the files.

As a matter of fact, all PCs can access this network storage.
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the error message i encounter is just unable to connect to the pc under Network window.both router has same ip address range.

there isnt any saved connections. what i did was connect 2 PC to network 1 (RT88U), can see but cant communicate. change to network 2 (Linksys), can see and can communicate with each other. no settings changed during this period. anti virus running, firewall is up for both connections but how come im able to communicate via network 2 and not network 1? although both is different router. one RT88U and the other Linksys.

strange isnt it?
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thats right, if any PC in this network and provided its private, i should be able to see the PCs. however, i am able to see but am unable to communicate with each other. transferring files to that external drive on router, not such a feasible idea.. would prefer to transfer directly over the wifi as they are much faster. also i want to test how fast is my internal local connection..
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If you are using wifi, do you have AP isolation enabled in the wifi options of the Asus?
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i think so. i need to check. what does that option do?
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What OS are your PC running? If using MS Windows OS, just enable NetBIOS protocol and use file sharing in Window Explorer.
oh, sorry missed your reply. how do i do that? both running win 10 pro.
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however, i am able to see but am unable to communicate with each other.
Your pc firewall is probably blocking access.. you need to create a whitelist for that local ip address and vice versa for both computers
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Hi all,

i am wondering how to transfer files between 2 PCs under the same network, using Asus RT88U. When i used Starhub default router, Linksys iirc, i am able to transfer files. what settings should i look at for my RT88U?

usually if print and file sharing service is enabled, automatically i should be able to transfer files between both PCs.

my settings: private network, both
enabled print and file sharing services


Any help is greatly appreciated.
Can you see both PCs under network devices ?
If you can't see both, check your settings.
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Can you see both PCs under network devices ?
If you can't see both, check your settings.
yes i can see. however when i try to access it, it says Windows cannot access ______. Check the spelling of the name. Otherwise......
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Your pc firewall is probably blocking access.. you need to create a whitelist for that local ip address and vice versa for both computers
But how does it explain that when i used linksys router to communicate, it works. when switch over to RT88U, i am not able to. no settings were changed during the switch.
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yes i can see. however when i try to access it, it says Windows cannot access ______. Check the spelling of the name. Otherwise......
I assume you are referring to the name of the PC right ?
Maybe can try changing the PC name, reboot and see if it helps ?
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I assume you are referring to the name of the PC right ?
Maybe can try changing the PC name, reboot and see if it helps ?
thats right. its the PC name. hmm thats another method i could try..
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