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Windows 7: Belkin Network

16 Apr 2010   #31
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

In regards to workgroups and setting them up. If you set up your workgroup properly and join it with each and every computer, you shouldn't have issues with computers not showing up in the Network portion of explorer. There are exceptions, but it'll work 10 times better than trying to configure the Homegroup portion. Once you set it up, you can share files/folders with others in your work group by right clicking on the item and going to Share with...

7: Join or create a workgroup
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Generalized installation instructions for your router:
How to Install a Belkin N1 Wireless Router | eHow.com

How to set up a WPA secured network on a Belkin Router:
Belkin : Support : Protecting your network with WPA/WPA2 security

Your settings in your router shouldn't effect your network, as long as you're not using any specialized settings.

PS... Make sure you're on a "Home Network" not a "Work Network". The work network will cause certain features to be locked by default.


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16 Apr 2010   #32
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

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Is workgroup different than having "work" as the type of network? I'm not sure about the primary, since it has been a while since I set it up, but I do recall something in the original setup for the adapter (I think), asking for a workgroup, and I left it at the default (mshome). However, when I just reinstalled the software for the adapter a bit earlier, I didn't see anything like this.
Work, Home and Public are types or kind of groups and the selection sets the sharing. Work and home essentially use the same sharing. Public is what you would use in an internet cafe or a public wi-fi hotspot. It tightens sharing down to protect you since you are no longer behind your own router. It keeps someone else from seeing what is on your computer.

Homegroup and workgroup define your actual local group. Homegroup designed is for machines all running Win7. Workgroup makes it easier to set up machines of various OS's.

Am I clear as mud?
You may be crystal clear, and it is my understanding that is muddy. When I go to Network And Sharing Center, and go to the link where you set the type of network, does that determine the workgroup also? In other words, I'm confused as to definitions of network vs workgroup. As I said, my network is set at work on the primary, and unknown on the secondary, because I have not found a means of configuring it in the wireless utility.
Go with WORK as the TYPE of NETWORK. The GROUP you create will be a WORKGROUP. Or you can go with HOME as the type or location of the NETWORK. But still go with WORKGROUP for your GROUP.
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16 Apr 2010   #33
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Thank you Kari and Robert for stepping in. I appreciate it.

Kari and Robert both know what they are doing.
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16 Apr 2010   #34
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Most of the time I'm absolutely not sure what I'm doing It's just that I have exactly the same devices than Seekermeister, Belkin N1 Vision router and Belkin N+ USB adapter.
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16 Apr 2010   #35
iseeuu

 
 

And I was just letting some pictures do the talkin ...

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16 Apr 2010   #36
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

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Most of the time I'm absolutely not sure what I'm doing It's just that I have exactly the same devices than Seekermeister, Belkin N1 Vision router and Belkin N+ USB adapter.
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And I was just letting some pictures do the talkin ...

Not only do you two know what you are doing, but you are modest, too!
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16 Apr 2010   #37
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

I would like to show that statement to some co-workers... Could you print it out and sign it, then fax it to me? Please use your full military rank when signing
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16 Apr 2010   #38
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

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I would like to show that statement to some co-workers... Could you print it out and sign it, then fax it to me? Please use your full military rank when signing
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16 Apr 2010   #39
TheSchaft

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

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I would like to show that statement to some co-workers... Could you print it out and sign it, then fax it to me? Please use your full military rank when signing
I would gladly second that statement.

My rank is General Failure, and I am reading your hard drive. Does that help?
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16 Apr 2010   #40
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Your mention of letting Windows install driver made me remember that I had disabled WLAN on the secondary rig in services long ago, before I had even considered a network at all. I reenabled it and checked it in the primary services also, which was still enabled. On reboot, Windows opened the new hardware wizard, and I pointed it to the driver on the CD, since it failed to find anything on it's own. There were two choices, one for Vista and one for XP/2000. I chose the latter, since XP is the OS of the secondary.

I then reinstalled the wireless utility, because the connection wizard that Window opened ask for a network ID, which I was not sure of. Still, in the Belkin utility, I get the same results as before.

Shouldn't the router's display show wireless devices, even before making a connection>
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