Alright, so it occurred to me to "just try something, anything" in hopes of finding a clue. My desktop consistently fails when trying to initiate a RA connection via the Easy Connect
method (either to Invite Someone, or Help Someone). It churns for bit, then returns with "Easy Connect is not available
.....Can't connect to the global peer-to-peer network
This usually leads to a suggestion to run MS's Internet Connectivity Evaluation Tool
, resulting with a "Not Supported
" for the NAT Type
test, and "Not Run
" for the UPnP test
. UPnP is definitely enabled in the router (actually, in all three of them I've tried).
So, for the hell of it, I tried a household laptop (Windows 7 too) via wireless to the same router
(currently D-Link DIR628). Easy Connect on the lappy succeeds every time
in linking to the "global peer-to-peer network". It either presents me with a password to convey to my "helper", or a RA terminal waiting for me to enter the "requestor's" password. Weird. Good, but weird.
If I run the Connectivity Tool from the laptop to the same router, it returns a "Supported
" result for NAT Type
, but still "Not Run" for UPnP. At least something seems to be working right.
Now the obvious question would be why my desktop cannot do the Easy Connect thing, but the laptop can, with same OS and behind the same router. There must be some software setting in 7 on the desktop at fault. I briefly enabled a wireless adapter in the desktop (then pulled the ethernet cable), but had no success, so I think I've ruled out a quirk with the ethernet (my normal connection to router).