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Windows 7: Wireless Homegroup on workgroup

14 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7 RTM
 
 
Wireless Homegroup on workgroup

Windows 7 RTM

I thought I would share my experience in case others are also having trouble with this.

Two Windows 7 machines, 1 connected wirelessly (Linksys) and 1 connected on a fixed LAN to a Linksys WAG160N ADSL2+ Router/Switch.

DHCP enabled.
Both machines are in the same subnet 192.168.1.x range
Both machines have the same workgroup name
Home Network chosen, all defaults.

Fault: Wireless machine can see LAN Machine but LAN machine cannot see wireless. Ping fails from LAN machine.

Fix: Give the wireless SSID the same name as the LAN network

On LAN Machine:

Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center

gives you a picture of the network. Note the name of the network your LAN machine is connected to. In my case "Network"

On Wireless Machine:

Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center

gives you a picture of the network. Note the name of the Network your wireless machine is connected to is your SSID. If this is different to your LAN machine = *pain*

Change your router wireless host to broadcast an SSID of "Network"

Well this worked for me...

Homegroup worked brilliantly after this.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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14 Aug 2009   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by teeps View Post
Windows 7 RTM

I thought I would share my experience in case others are also having trouble with this.

Two Windows 7 machines, 1 connected wirelessly (Linksys) and 1 connected on a fixed LAN to a Linksys WAG160N ADSL2+ Router/Switch.

DHCP enabled.
Both machines are in the same subnet 192.168.1.x range
Both machines have the same workgroup name
Home Network chosen, all defaults.

Fault: Wireless machine can see LAN Machine but LAN machine cannot see wireless. Ping fails from LAN machine.

Fix: Give the wireless SSID the same name as the LAN network

On LAN Machine:

Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center

gives you a picture of the network. Note the name of the network your LAN machine is connected to. In my case "Network"

On Wireless Machine:

Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center

gives you a picture of the network. Note the name of the Network your wireless machine is connected to is your SSID. If this is different to your LAN machine = *pain*

Change your router wireless host to broadcast an SSID of "Network"

Well this worked for me...

Homegroup worked brilliantly after this.
Nice post thanks

Ken
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Change Wired LAN Name

I prefer to keep my wireless network SSID as is and change my wired LAN name. Is there anyway to do this? Thanks.

I found how to change the network name: Network Name and Icon - Change. So now my desktop running Windows 7 on a wired LAN and my laptop running Windows 7 Starter on a wireless LAN have the same network name. However, still no luck joining the homegroup from my laptop.

I am going to look into the firewall next. I'll keep you updated.
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10 Feb 2010   #4
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

hehe Subnet range or IP range 192.168.1?
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