Windows 7 Networking Woes

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Dazza, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. Dazza

    Dazza Guest

    Having spent several days scouring the internet for answers, I am still no
    nearer to a resolve.

    I have two Win 7 Ultimate machines (desktop and laptop). If I open Network
    on the desktop, I can see both desktop and laptop. If I do the same on the
    laptop, it can only see itself. The same is with Homegroup. Desktop can see
    laptop but not the other way around. Both units are using MS Security
    Essentials and I have switched off the firewall on both but the problem
    remains. This also impacts on my ability to use replication in SQL Server
    on both units. I can map to shares created on either unit so there is
    connectivity of some form.

    I am now at wits end as this is making no sense and may even revert back to
    good old XP.

    Someone please assist me and save my sanity !!

    Dazza, Jul 3, 2010
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  2. Dazza

    Chuck Guest

    Key questions and clues you did not answer--
    How are the laptop and desktop connected to the LAN?
    Is one using a wireless connection? (Usually the Laptop)
    Have you checked the network settings on both machines? Are they more or
    less the same? How about UAC?
    Is the user name and password the same?
    Is the workgroup the same?
    If you are going through a router, (Wired to wireless) it may not work
    properly with IPv6, limiting you to IPv4.
    Can both machines reach the internet?
    Chuck, Jul 4, 2010
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  3. Dazza

    Dazza Guest


    Both units connect via WiFi (desktop was hard wired but I changed this
    thinking it was the problem)
    Both connections same
    Username and password the same (apart from the machine name of course)
    Workgroup the same
    I have a Linksys WRT54GS wireless cable router (firmware upgraded to DD_WRT)
    Both have full internet access

    All the above have been checked following my research on the internet.

    Dazza, Jul 4, 2010
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