Hi, can someone explain me what the TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service does and if it’s required for the Computer Browser Service in Windows XP? And should I use NetBios over TCP/IP or NetBios from the DHCP Server when I use a static IP adress? Also what is really the difference between the service and the setting from my network connection? Because I always have trouble to load the workgroup computers and other people can’t connect to my computer in a local network. So far I’ve had the service disabled and the network connection setting to DHCP (WinXP Prof. and a static IP adress).
When using Netbios then the computer broadcasts to all the other computers in the network, what its name is and what TCP/IP address to use to reach it.
When using DHCP then the computer contacts the DHCP server to get a TCP/IP address. The DHCP server makes sure that two computers in the same network doesn’t use the same TCP/IP address. If there is no DHCP server available, then the computer will try to find a unique IP address by it self. If having assigned a static IP address then one have to make sure that the IP address is reachable by other computers in the network.