Firstly, I want to apologise in advance if this post has been repeated, but as I am unable to find a thread that matches my particular problem, well this is why.
Anyway here is the problem:
I have two desktop PCs in one room situated about 7 feet apart and separated by a network capable printer. All are situated in a spare bedroom upstairs.
PC 'A' has Windows Vista Ultimate x64 installed and PC 'B' has Windows Vista Home Premium x86 installed.
PC 'A' is connected wirelessly via a USB wireless adapter to a wireless DSL modem router, which is my access path to the internet. The modem router is situated downstairs in the living room where my telephone socket is, hence my reasons to connect wirelessly.
PC 'B' also has wireless USB adapter installed and connects to the same wireless network and hence shares the same wireless Internet connection.
I now want to create a new separate wired LAN (not wireless) in the bedroom where my PCs are situated and have the ethernet-ready printer connect into this new network for sharing purposes.
I have now purchased a 5-port network switch to connect both PCs and printer into. Please bear in mind that this is a NEW network and one not to be used for accessing the Internet.
My goal is to sync both PCs over a gigabit LAN and be able to share a printer connection.
I obviously thought that this basic idea would be simple to implement but I have now come to a grounding halt.
When I access Network and Sharing Center on PC 'A', I have two networks showing. One is my Wireless network which is set as a 'Private' location and the other is an 'Unidentified Network' set as 'Public' location. I have changed both PCs to a 'Private' location and configured my firewall software to allow both PC IP addresses to be accessible. However, I am unable to change the network name from Unidentified Network to something of my own choice. Also when I reboot either PC, the network location reverts to Public again.
I have read on numerous threads that Windows Vista configures itself to use APIPA (Automatic Private IP Addressing) which assigns each PC with an IP address if no DHCP is found, which is the case in this particular scenario.
I am totally lost as to what to do next and can't proceed with my intentions to make network backups automatically and synchronise both PCs through a wired network as opposed to a slow wireless one.
Please can someone guide me to a solution to this problem. I maybe correct in thinking that this could be a Vista issue as the problem keeps raising its ugly head time and time again. This is the most simple basic network setup someone can have apart from directly connecting the two PCs together which I should also mention that I have attempted already with the same outcome.
Thanks in advance.