I have a small (5 computers) peer-to-peer network with windows XP and windows 7 computers. No Windows servers, no domain. Everything is connected to a cheap D-link wireless router that is connected to the Internet.
Problem is some computers eventually stop "seeing" other computers on the network and are unable to connect to remote printers and shares. Every computer has the same "workgroup name". Problem computers are usually notebooks connected wirelessly. using \computername to connect does not work either.
I imagine it is a name resolution problem, since there is no internal DNS for my p2p network.
Does it make sense this being a (lack of) DNS problem? Do I need a DNS or just some other configuration or service, like, defining a "master browser" or WINS server ? How do I do that ? If I configure a DNS server for this network, will it improve ? What DNS server would you recommend for Windows 7 that supports DHCP address distribution ? ?