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Windows 7: Home Network & Homegroup Trouble

11 Dec 2011   #1
Dobes

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Home Network & Homegroup Trouble

I have a Desktop running Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit, & a laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. I have them networked via a Belkin N300 Wireless router. Both can access the internet without any problems, both wired & wireless for the laptop.

However, neither computer can see each other on the network. When I look at the full network map they can see each other, but in the network window there is only the computer I am using at the time. This is also causing problems with the Homegroup, as every time I create one on the Desktop I am unable to join it on the laptop as there are no other computers on the network.

I "think" I know why this is. The network that the desktop is connected to is called 'Network 2'. However, the network the Laptop is connected to is called 'DB Network 2'. DB Network is the name of my wireless network.

I recently got the Belkin Router after the D-Link one I was using had 2 network ports fail, however I could access a Homegroup wirelessly using the D-Link.

I have a wired network printer that both computers can see & use with no problems at all.

I have run the Homegroup troubleshooter on both computers, & googled everything I can think of to sort it out, but nothing has worked. Is the solution as simple as renaming the network connections so there is only 1 network name? If so, how can I do that?


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11 Dec 2011   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

This Microsoft tutorial may be of some help: HomeGroup from start to finish - Help & How-to - Microsoft Windows
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11 Dec 2011   #3
Dobes

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
This Microsoft tutorial may be of some help: HomeGroup from start to finish - Help & How-to - Microsoft Windows
Thanks for your response. Unfortunately that doesn't help me, as I can create a Homegroup, but cannot join the Homegroup from the other computer because they aren't seeing each other on the network, even though they can see each other on the network map.
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11 Dec 2011   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Have you checked your router settings as it seems strange that the D-link router worked, but the Belkin one doesn't.

Probably a very silly question, but you did get a wireless router?
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11 Dec 2011   #5
Dobes

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Have you checked your router settings as it seems strange that the D-link router worked, but the Belkin one doesn't.

Probably a very silly question, but you did get a wireless router?
As far as I can tell, the settings on the new router are the same as the old one. It's definitely a wireless router as I can connect phones & other wireless devices to it as well as the laptop with no problems. The only problem I have is that the 2 computers can't see each other on the same network, so can't access a Homegroup, despite them both showing up on each other's network map.
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11 Dec 2011   #6
Orbital Shark

 
 

Hi,

Just out of curiosity is each machine running the relevant Service Pack 1?

I had the same issue with my Desktop & Laptop machines until I realised I hadn't installed SP1 on my Laptop
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11 Dec 2011   #7
Dobes

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Orbital Shark View Post
Hi,

Just out of curiosity is each machine running the relevant Service Pack 1?

I had the same issue with my Desktop & Laptop machines until I realised I hadn't installed SP1 on my Laptop
Both of them have SP1 installed & all Updates are installed too. Have only had laptop 2 weeks, so it came with SP1 already installed, desktop has been in current configuration for over 6 months I think.
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11 Dec 2011   #8
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

How about if you dispense with the Homegroup altogether and try using a Workgroup instead?

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11 Dec 2011   #9
Dobes

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
How about if you dispense with the Homegroup altogether and try using a Workgroup instead?

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I'd consider trying that, but wouldn't I still have the same problem as the computers still can't see each other on the network. On both computers the Workgroups have the same name, so as far as I am aware it should be working as a workgroup, but it's not. Are there any settings I need to change to get a workgroup happening?
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11 Dec 2011   #10
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Although this relates to Windows XP/Vista with 7 it does show you how to set up a workgroup.

Networking home computers running different versions of Windows
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