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Windows 7: HomeGroup Issues

10 Dec 2009   #11
RogerR

7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
I believe that part of the problem people are having with the Homegroup, is older router's don't support the IPv6 protocall in which case Homegroup won't connect. Time for many here to upgrade the old router and use Homegroup for networking.

In reality there are zero issues with Homegroup networks in Windows 7 but there are many issues with the equipment being used for networking.
How would I check IPv6 router compatibility?


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10 Dec 2009   #12
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RogerR View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
I believe that part of the problem people are having with the Homegroup, is older router's don't support the IPv6 protocall in which case Homegroup won't connect. Time for many here to upgrade the old router and use Homegroup for networking.

In reality there are zero issues with Homegroup networks in Windows 7 but there are many issues with the equipment being used for networking.
How would I check IPv6 router compatibility?
Just look up the specs for your router and switch to find out if they support the IPv6 protocall. Some routers have updates for Windows 7 which may enable your router to support Homegroup networking.
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10 Dec 2009   #13
RogerR

7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
Just look up the specs for your router and switch to find out if they support the IPv6 protocall. Some routers have updates for Windows 7 which may enable your router to support Homegroup networking.

This is not an item that appears in my router or spec sheet. I wonder how many manufacturers do note it ...
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10 Dec 2009   #14
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

If it says this on your compatiblity page your good to go. There are also updates for Windows 7 and older routers.



It says your Belkin wireless N router is compatable with Windows 7. click link below
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/com...ters&os=64-bit

You should have no problem getting Homegroup to work properly. If your like me than giving up is not an option. Make sure that both machines are using the same workgroup name and different machine names.
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10 Dec 2009   #15
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by adren View Post
Hi guys. I chose HOME network on both computers and to share only printers in the homegroup.
Looks like the "Home Network" and "HomeGroup" got fuzzy after this. May I add some clarity, please, just in case?

adren stated he selected the "Home Network", which is a security type for Windows 7 along with the "Work Network" and the most secure / restrictive "Public Network". The HomeGroup is a totally separate subject.

The answer to the question is that in most user environments in their home with the only outside connection to their "home network" an Internet connection through an ISP, the "Home Network" is adequate. The more risk the home user takes with his "home network", the more secure it should be.

As far as HomeGroup and IPv6, if it is working for you and you do not intend to network computers that are not Windows 7, in my humble opinion, there are advantages to the newest IPv6 and the Windows 7 HomeGroup.

However, if like me, you only have access to older hardware and have other OSs to include in your network, then the Workgroup does just fine (for my purposes). There are no adverse side effects to disabling IPv6. As ZigZag3143 has posted many times, IPv6 has been known to interfere with Internet and network connections.

Cheers!
Robert
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10 Dec 2009   #16
tanger

 
 

I followed the guide and still am running into problems. First of all, I couldnt find WLAN Partition in my router settings. I have a Linksys WRT54GS and couldnt find it under advanced wireless settings so I just moved on. I created a HomeGroup from my laptop and then tried to join with my desktop. It tries to join for 30seconds and then says Windows cannot connect to the HomeGroup from this computer.

Could it be a router issue? Firewall maybe?
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10 Dec 2009   #17
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tanger View Post
I followed the guide and still am running into problems. First of all, I couldnt find WLAN Partition in my router settings. I have a Linksys WRT54GS and couldnt find it under advanced wireless settings so I just moved on. I created a HomeGroup from my laptop and then tried to join with my desktop. It tries to join for 30seconds and then says Windows cannot connect to the HomeGroup from this computer.

Could it be a router issue? Firewall maybe?
Your router is older and made for windows 98 and XP. Linksys does have some updates for your firmware here.
Linksys by Cisco - WRT54GS Support

They even have a walk through for getting your router to work with Windows 7 Homegroup.
http://linksys.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/...?p_faqid=20599
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10 Dec 2009   #18
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tanger View Post
I couldnt find WLAN Partition in my router settings.
Could it be a router issue? Firewall maybe?
WLAN means: Wireless Local Area Network. In your router settings the tab at the top of the window just says "Wireless". Same thing.

To eliminate firewall settings as a cause, temporarily disable all anti virus, firewall, security software and see if you can connect.

Have you tried the "network troubleshooter?"



Cheers!
Robert
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10 Dec 2009   #19
tbernstein

 
 

One possible, I've posted elsewhere in this forum, is that there's a registry bug in Homegroups.
It isn't enough to have IPV6 enabled on your computer.
There has to be a line in the registry specifically saying that none of the IPV6 elements are disallowed.
Otherwise there will be error messages saying that IPV6 needs to be enabled, despite the fact that Win7 says that IPV6 is already enabled. Go figure!
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10 Dec 2009   #20
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tbernstein View Post
One possible, I've posted elsewhere in this forum, is that there's a registry bug in Homegroups.
It isn't enough to have IPV6 enabled on your computer.
There has to be a line in the registry specifically saying that none of the IPV6 elements are disallowed.
Otherwise there will be error messages saying that IPV6 needs to be enabled, despite the fact that Win7 says that IPV6 is already enabled. Go figure!
What bug is this? I sure never had it on my system. Do you know what causes this bug and do you have the registry key available so we can fix this mysterious problem?

I'am guessing it's only a problem if you get the error message IPv6 diabled even though it appears enabled?
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