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Master Geek

# 82291 26-Apr-2011 21:43
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My desktop pc is using windows 7 home premium 32bit and my laptop pc is running windows 7 professional 64 bit.
Now my desktop pc is connected via ethernet cable (rj45) to my linksys wireless router (WAG 200G) . My laptop is connected to it, wirelessly. I have created a homegroup on my desktop pc , selecting the home network (insead of 'work' or 'public'). I've edited the settings for my homegroup so that it shares, (network discovery is turned on and everything else is shared / turned on).

Now, the problem is that my laptop cannot find this network as, if i click on 'start', then 'computer', then 'homegroup' its meant to show 'join homegroup' but instead it shows 'create homegroup'. Therefore this means that my laptop cannot detect my 'homegroup' I've created on my desktop computer.

My laptop does have full internet access, yet it doesnt seem to talk/pick up, my desktop pc

Both my pc's have their windows 7 firewall turned off, as bitdefender total security 2011 has its own firefall
but I don't think its the firewall.

I reckon it could be my router settings not enabling sharing somehow??.
Although when i had Vista on both computers, I could see both computers displayed on both desktop and laptops 'network' (shows that you can access the other pc's music and public folder).
So it worked fine in Vista although there was no such thing as a homegroup back then, ( if there was, I didn't create one)

Any suggestions thanks????

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Uber Geek


  # 462791 26-Apr-2011 22:10
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have you disabled IPv6, or is it being blocked by bitdefender? homegroups comunicate over IPv6 only

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Master Geek

  # 462804 26-Apr-2011 22:58
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Have you searched for the other computer through windows explorer or the network tab in the start menu?
If you are accessing the internet you are on the network already.


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Master Geek

  # 463174 27-Apr-2011 22:57
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Yes i have looked through start up and then to the computer tab, click network, and only displays this computer (desktop), not the laptop. vice versa

Both my computers have ipv6 enabled, although it gets its internet access from ipv4
(no internet access ipv6). I don't think bitdefender disables this as there is no advance option for this.

I googled ipv6 and homegroup, there was a problem with the registry, but it doesn't seem to help me in my case I think

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  # 463181 28-Apr-2011 00:08
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two things to try before anything else, i reckon:

1) connect both computers via cable (in case wired to wireless bridge is causing issue)
2) try uninstalling/disabling bitdefender (in case its blocking)

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Master Geek

  # 463212 28-Apr-2011 08:28
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On your laptop trry searching in help and support for 'mangage networks' follow the link to mange wireless networks. Change the order they connect or delete your network and reconnect again from scratch.
This then should be the current network you have with your PC and router. Set it as a home network and turn all of your sharing options back on for that network.

Think this should work

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Ultimate Geek

  # 463618 29-Apr-2011 09:25
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Never tried the homegroup option
I am just curious, if you hook up 2 pc in a home group and stream media on my laptop from my desktop, will that use my data cap?
Just not so sure how it works

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Master Geek

  # 463620 29-Apr-2011 09:33
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If you stream over your home network this doesn't count against your cap as it doesn't go through your routers gateway to the net. It's only local traffic between your laptop, router and desktop.


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Master Geek

  # 463916 30-Apr-2011 11:34
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Finally fixed the issue.

Reg your advice had won
(even though i knew you were on the right track compared to the other guy Vectrena which was making it difficult)

Bitdefenders firewall blocks the computers from networking with each other.
I somehow with many attempts added the ipv4 address of the computer including the ipv6 address to the bitdefender's (allowed) devices.
Also I had issues with printing, in which i added that.

It worked, with some success, as it later blocked it again, (default settings somehow came back)
So i kept adding the other computer to the "whitelist" of bitdefender and finally their connected. (and i can print form my laptop).
damn you bitdefender for having an advance firefall!!!

Thanks very much,
now a happy chap again

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