Windows 7 Homegroups -- 2 computers wired & wireless

By juliaflint ·
Two computers: one desktop (wired), one laptop (wireless), both running Windows 7 Home Premium.

The desktop's network is called "Network," the laptop's network is called "Network 2," therefore they can't see each other and I cannot get the Homegroup function to cooperate. I set up a Homegroup on the desktop, go to "join" it from the laptop, and I get the error "there is currently no homegroup on the network."

How on earth am I going to get these two computers to see each other?

(NOTE: if I connect the laptop with a CAT5, I can join the Desktop's Homegroup. This issue is one of having two "different" networks.)

Any help with be more than appreciated (I have searched endlessly, but if you have search terms you want me to use, even that would be a help!).

Julia Flint

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Here you need to open your WiFi Access Points Control Panel

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Windows 7 Homegroups -- 2 ...

And bridge the Wired and Wireless LAN's together. By default these are not bridged so that any computer on the Wired LAN is invisible to any computer on the Wireless LAN and vice versa.

As to how you do this that depends on your WiFi Access Point and you'll need the Instruction Manual that came with it. Though that may have been a PDF File on the CD that accompanied the WiFi Access Point. If you no longer have the CD you'll need to visit the WiFi Access Points Makers Web Site and download the Instruction Manual. But it generally involves opening a Web Page and entering the Web Address of the WiFi Access Point then entering your User Name & Password to get into the Setup Options and then navigating to the correct page and making the change. I would suggest using the Wired computer to do this as there is no possibility of loosing the WiFi Connection if you attempt to do this with the NB here.

You will then be prompted to save the changes and reboot the WiFi Access Point so that you now have the 2 different LAN's conjectured and talking to each other.


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Access Point = Router?

by juliaflint In reply to Here you need to open you ...

Just making sure we're talking about the same thing (I know an Access Point as a separate piece of equipment). This is the router you're talking about, right?

I know how to access the router, no problem there. The only way to do it is with a wired connection, so I'm good there, too.

I look for something called "Bridge"?

Thank you in advance for what I hope will be an end to this nightmare!


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Yes Julia the Router needs to have the

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Access Point = Router?

Wired and Wireless LAN's Bridged.

These devices separate them by default so you'll need to enter the setup and bridge them.


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Addenum -- there's an additional router in play

by juliaflint In reply to Yes Julia the Router need ...

I found out today, purely by coincidence, that my client has a VOIP router as well as the wireless router.

So the desktop computer is wired to the VOIP router, not the wireless router.

Is this going to muck up the works? Should I put the desktop computer into the wireless router (which is connected to the VOIP router -- the order goes: (1) cable modem, (2) VOIP router, (3) Wireless router).



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That would probably be a good idea

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Addenum -- there's an add ...

As messing with the VOIP Router may mess up the system.


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