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Solved: Cannot connect multiple windows machines to home network

Q: Solved: Cannot connect multiple windows machines to home network

Hi, As with everyone's questions here, I'm hoping someone can help. I have searched through the archives and found what I thought were solutions, but nothing is yet working.

Problem: I have several computers in my home, and several mobile devices. Until yesterday, all were working well when connected to my wireless. (These are mixed platforms: Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Mac OS X (Yosemite), an couple of android devices, an iPhone, Kindle and HP printer.)

Yesterday, our windows boxes failed to connect to the internet. The Mac connected intermittently, and one of the android devices seemed to be continuously connected. Resetting the router did not fix the problem.

I called Comcast today, and after troubleshooting and apparently fixing the problem (for all of the time it took to hang up the phone), the connection failed again. This time, however - the Mac, iPhone, android devices ... everything except the Windows machines are connecting. Both the 8.1 and the 7 boxes are affected. The 7 box will keep its connection a bit longer than the 8.1, but both are intermittent in getting and keeping a connection to the outside world.

I'm stumped. You can see what I've tried below and still no consistent internet on the Windows boxes. What have I not tried, and is there an obvious solution I overlooked here?


What I've tried on the 8.1 box (not necessarily in this order):
* Ping the gateway/router (192 address - this works)
* Ping - this works intermittently, but not often.
* Browse to the gateway's admin interface (cannot connect to the web service even through I can ping)
* Checked to make sure DHCP enabled and both machines have distinct IP addresses (they do)
* Checked to see that DCHP and DNS services were running on the 8.1 box in service.msc
* reboot and reset the modem (Arris Surfboard SGB6782-AC)
* remove the network drivers for wired and wireless adapters. (Realtek PCIe GBE Family controller; Realtek 8821AE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC)
* Update the network drivers
* Checked to see that no firewall was stopping the connection.
* Paused antivirus protection to check if that was getting in the way.
* Rebooted the Windows box after key changes and multiple times.
* Connected a second wireless device (USB device, known to be working) to see if the on-board one was the problem.
* release/renew/flushdns
* reset winsock entries (success)
* reset tcp/ip stack (using netsh int ip reset reset.log hit); apparently failed with the following:

Resetting , failed.
Access is denied

There's no user specified settings to be reset.

* ran sfc/scannow. Results:


Beginning system scan. This process will take some time.

Beginning verification phase of system scan.
Verification 100% complete.

Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some
of them. Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For
example C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. Note that logging is currently not
supported in offline servicing scenarios.

(Just starting to look through this now).
TSG SysInfo:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4790 CPU @ 3.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 16323 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, -1 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 102098 MB, Free - 49726 MB; D: Total - 1907599 MB, Free - 1890261 MB;
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated and Enabled

Preferred Solution: Solved: Cannot connect multiple windows machines to home network

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Solved: Cannot connect multiple windows machines to home network

Let's focus on one system, preferably the Windows 8.1 system for which you gave the TSGinfo. For both a good connection and for the problem situation ...

Open a (black) Command Prompt window:
Hold the Windows logo key and press r; in the Run box type cmd and click on OK.

Type the following commands:


[Note that there is no space between the slash and ALL.]

ping <the router> [you apparently know how to do this]


ping yahoo.com

[Press ENTER after each command.]

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
Paste the results in a message here.

If necessary use a text file and removable media to copy the results to a computer with internet access.

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I received this newer puter with xp installed and have a internet and network
connection but none of my other puter show on home network not even this
puter. I have turned off the firewall and check that all the same services
are on with each puter but still no showing in my network places.

When setting up new network connection i noticed it says in the internet
connections settings:
Connecting via ICS through: Unknown Internet Connection Sharing device

not sure about this because i can ping all my machines and able to see network machines in all the other puters

1 machines are winxp home ed sp3
3 machines are winxp sp3
1 win2003
airlink router

A:Solved: seeing other xp machines on home network

Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD to open a command prompt:

In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following commands, one at a time, followed by the Enter key:

Note that there is a space before the -n or the /ALL, but there is NOT a space after the - or / in the following commands.



Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter to copy the contents to the clipboard.
Paste the results in a message here.

If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB disk, or a CD-RW disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.

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i have a time warner modem with a linksys router attached to it. associated with this network are 2 computers, one running vista and the other ubuntu with a vista partition. . both have wireless connections. the ubuntu machine connects to the internet through a firefox browser with no problems. the vista partition on the ubuntu machine also works. the vista machine which is at vista update KB2388210 cannot get out to the internet through either a firefox or internet explorer browser.

However, i can successfully ping internet locations using absolute addresses and i've gotten a yahoo response through a host tx (with the help of a friend). it appears that the internet is accessible on the vista machine and some unknown function stops normal (eg browser initiated) usage. i've done and tried several things like uninstalling Norten, unplugging routers, modems, etc without success. i've scanned Firefox and the I/E with AVG and anti-malware and did not find any problems.

do you have any suggestions on how to debug and solve this problem ?

A:multiple computers on home network one cannot connect

Try this:

Power off the modem

Power off the router

Plug computer directly into Modem power up Modem

Power Up Vista Machine

See if Vista Machine can connect.

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Hi, I've got a wifi router Edimax BR-6204Wg that is serving several computers in my home. All of them run Linux. The network is WPA-protected, only registered MAC addresses can connect.

All is well until I boot to Windows on ANY computer I've tried (both Dell Latitude). What happens next is that Windows connects to the network, disconnects after a while and all the other computers disconnect from the network as well. The Windows laptop then connects again and as long as there is no other connected computer on the network, stays connected.

I am a rather advanced user but cannot read Ethereal dumps, so I wonder if anyone has had a similar problem? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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For some reason my cousin is now unable to connect his Toshiba Windows 7 laptop to my home network. I don't understand why I'm able to connect with my Toshiba Vista laptop but he cannot We've had this same problem before, but I can't recall what we did to fix it. For what it's worth, my router is a BELKIN N F5D8236-4 ver. 1, and I'm pretty sure my Security is WPA - Personal and my Encryption Type is TKIP.

The strange thing is that last night and this morning the situation was reversed. He was connected to my network while I had lost my laptop connection and was unable to reconnect last night and this morning. When I tried connecting I kept getting the message "Connected with Limited Access," but I couldn't get online. Out of frustration I went in and fiddled with my network settings. Actually, I believe I went in and created a new network, although I used the same network name. I let the computer choose my new security key/passphrase, which I entered and, voila, I was back online immediately. When my cousin came in I gave him the new security key/passphrase and told him he'd probably need it to get online. Unfortunately, it didn't work for him. So now the situation has been changed to where I'm online and he isn't.

As I said, this same sort of situation happened at least once or twice before a few months back. There was a time when he could get online and I couldn't, and then there was another time when ... Read more

A:Solved: Windows 7 laptop cannot connect to home network.

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Hi guys,
I just got back from vacation and suddenly can't connect to my Wifi network at home with my netbook anymore. It says validating identity but never connects. When I try to repair the connection, it keeps authenticating and then says that windows is unable to find a certificate to log me on to the network. I did some googling and it was suggested to uncheck the Enable IEEE 802.1x authentication for this network box under the Authentication tab in Wireless Network properties. I tried that but then I get an error message saying "The network password needs to be 40bits or 104bits depending on your network configuration".
I have no idea what to do or what the problem is. My other laptop works fine from which I have set up this network works fine. My phone seems to work fine, too. I already restarted the router and my netbook but that didn't help either.
I would appreciate some help!

A:Solved: can't connect to home network- windows unable to find certificate?

fixed it

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Basics: Windows 2003 Server with a domain behind Cisco 1811 router/firewall.
Primary Domain Controller and Secondary Domain Controller both Win 2k3. 30 workstations. Active Directory setup with roaming profiles. No proxy server.

Affected Workstation: Windows XP SP3 with IE8. Rebuilt TCP/IP stacks and Winsock on workstation. Removed and reinstalled IE. Listed 2 internal and 2 external DNS Resolvers in DNS tab. Can ping external IPs from command prompt.

Problem: I have a single user that can not log onto the Internet with IE8. No one else is having any issues. In the information bar at the bottom left when attempting to open Google (or anything else) it gives the "DNS Error.html" warning then displays "Website can not be opened". I can log this user off of the workstation, log on as admin or anyone else, and internet connectivity is no issue. If he logs onto a different computer that has no problems, he has the same issue of no connectivity. This would indicate that it is somewhere in his personal settings. How would I diagnos this or make changes in these settings so he can get on the internet? Or do I need to look somewhere else?

A:Single user can't connect to internet on IE8 on multiple machines.

Hello and Welcome to TSF!

See if resetting the Hosts File helps.

Also, please verify if you have any Proxy settings, if you do then remove it by following this guide.

An update will be appreciated.

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Please bear with me as I am a novice when it comes to networking. Our dental office has 6 PCs (all XP), one XP laptop and my laptop, which I just upgraded from Vista 32-bit to Windows 8 64-bit. When I got the laptop, I was able to get it connected to the network no problem. All the other computers have been working for years without network issues.

After upgrading this weekend, I joined my home network using Homegroup (both PCs at home are Windows 7). When I plugged it into our office network, I couldn't see any of the other computers. After some research, I verfied I can ping the other computers successfully. Then I found out I could access folders on them mapping them using their IP addresses, but not by using their names.

After more research (and confusion since I'm a newby), I have disconnected from the Homegroup, set IPv4 IP settings (using DNS settings from the other PCs), and checked to make sure the TCP/IP WINS is set to "default".

Any chance we can fix this?

Here are my ipconfig /all and nbtstat -n:

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.2.9200]
(c) 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : YamleeToshiba
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Wireless LAN adapter Local Area Connection* 12:

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A:Solved: Windows 8 laptop can connect with XP machines using IP, but not names

Try a dynamic connection on the ethernet.

The "MSBROWSE" line says that the Windows 7 is the Master Browser. Is any other machine also claiming to be Master Browser? If so, a firewall on one or both machines is causing a problem.

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I have a Windows 7 machine sending shares across the network. Other Windows 7 machines have no problems connecting, but XP machines cannot connect. (Win7 can connect to XP shares).

I have adjust every setting that I have seen to no avail. This includes turning off HomeGroups, turning off password. Removing my password from my user account. Adding "Everyone" to each of the shares. I have even messed with the Local Group Policy Editor to send unencrypted passwords to third party SMB's.

Any help would be appreciated. I have searched everywhere and found no luck.

A:Solved: XP Machines unable to connect to Windows 7 Shares


Had many windows updates pending. Installed those and restarted, and works fine.

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It hasn't gotten much attention in the Networking Section so I thought I'd post it over here as well.

I have VPN service running on my Linksys DD-WRT router at home, so I can VPN back into my home network when using unsecured wireless internet on travel. I also have remote desktop port forwarding to my home machine if I want to just remote desktop in without using the VPN. However, often times I will VPN in, then remote desktop to my machine. Lately, I can VPN in, but can't see any other machines on the network so remote desktop to the machine's 192.168.x.x address on the local network doesn't work. I used to be able to do this and I'm not sure what has changed. The home machine runs Windows 7 and the laptop I use on the road for VPN'ing back in runs Windows XP. Any ideas why after I VPN in to the home network I can't see any other machines on the network anymore? I have a folder shared on the home machine that I'd like to map to my laptop once I've VPN'ed in but can't do that either since it can't see the machine.

I've got all the sharing options enabled on the Win7 machine as well as the XP machine. Network discovery is turned on as well. No clue what has happened with this. The DHCP pool is and the VPN pool consists of only 2 addresses of and

Any ideas would be appreciated.

A:Can't see/connect to other machines on network when VPN'ed in

Bump in hopes of something.

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Here is the deal. I am running Windows XP SP2 on my home tower (custom built). The tower is hardwired to a Linksys WRT54GS router. The tower does not have a wireless NIC. There are a few other computers that access this small network at various times.

The router is using WPA-PSK encryption. Wireless MAC address connectivity is enabled.

I bought an HP 1022NW Laserjet printer and tried connecting it to the wireless network using the enclosed getting started guide. I initially tried connecting it in ad hoc mode because I believe this is what I should use in my home office. No dice. Nothing was recognized. The only printing success I got was when I hooked an Ethernet cable directly to the router. After unplugging the cable, I had no luck printing wirelessly, even though I tried also configuring the installation for infrastructure mode, where the printer was recognized but still would not print once the cable was removed.

I have taken the printer's MAC address and added it as a trusted endpoint in both my router's configuration table and in my firewall (Norton Internet Security). However, that has also not helped.

Some advice I have read is making sure QoS is disabled on the router and also making sure that the SSID and pass key for the printer match that of the router. It should be easy to make these changes to the printer, but I cannot access the embedded web server in this printer to make these changes. Also, one source said to make sure the printer is on the sam... Read more

A:Solved: Network ready printer will not connect to home office network

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I have a minor dilemma with my home network. I have three boxes networked together via a modem/switch through SBC/ATT&T.

I'll call the systems Gaming, Family and General. From the Family and General machines I am able to share files at will through the shared file in properties. From the Gaming syatem I can access files on the other two boxes at will. I cannot access files on the gaming system no matter what I do.
My steps so far:
I have rebooted the router/switch. Both by unplugg it it and using the reboot button located behind the switch. I have switched NIC's on the system.
I am able to ping the IP and the name of the computer from the other two machines. I have checked to ensure the file sharing box is checked in the properties tab for both NIC's on the gaming system.
I have made sure Windows Firewall is off. I have even uninstalled Zone alarm and made sure Windows Firewall is off.
The system worked up until a couple weeks ago, then suddenly stopped. I don't know exactly when, but I do know I had not changed ANY settings prior to it stopping the file sharing.
I have also checked to see if the IP address in Zone Alarm is correct.
I feel like this is a Firewall issue, but I am past anything that I know of to test or check/uncheck.
Some have suggested going to a True Home Network using the newer home server software from Microsoft, but I am not ready for that just yet.

A:Home network issue, three XP machines

Please state the version of the OS on all systems



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Hello all,

I have been running Vista Ultimate 64bit SP1 for a few months now. I have not had any trouble with it up to just recently. I am connected to the network using a wired connection and have the same workgroup name as the XP machines on the network. My files are stored on an XP machine that is used almost exclusively for this purpose - we call this the 'server'. I also run a couple of programs remotely from that machine, notably my mail program (Pegasus Mail). As I said, with all this until recently I had no problems at all with this setup.

Now, on this Vista machine for a reason that I cannot fathom I am having a very slow connection to the files on the XP machine on the network. (Other XP machines on the network have no trouble accessing these same files quickly and effortlessly, though they are much older rickety machines by comparison with this one.) Some of these files are on the 'server' machine itself (on a Raid 5 system) others are on a Mybook external hard drive which I have removed from this Vista machine and connected to the XP one - in case this was causing the problems. I am not able to access my email program except painfully slowly and with frequent crashes or messages of 'not responding' though eventually the program catches itself and recovers. But obviously this is not workable.

I have tried to remove all sorts of devices in case they have suddenly caused conflicts (webcam, removed the Mybook from my own computer etc.). I have also replaced the net... Read more

A:Sudden go-slow or failure to connect to XP network machines

How is your internet speed on the Vista machine, has it slowed down too? If so, take a look at your Windows Update history, see if WU updated a new driver (or have you recently updated the driver?) for your network card that might be causing some problems and roll back the driver to your previous one.

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Seasons greetings all

I have a new PC that I am using for my home studio set up (see pic), but yet again I seem to be having difficulty getting certain directories on this machine to see and be seen by our other home PC's/Laptops.

I have no internet access issues, and can send/receive email etc on the new PC, but can't get any of my other machines to see shared dir's on it, or to get it to see any other shared dir's on any other machines.

I have run the network setup wizard to no avail.

What do I do?

OS = XP Home Edition

A:Solved: Trying to connect new PC to home network...

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Well I am typing to you all from my linux box. I have a desktop that runs Windows XP SP3 and have not been able to get it to connect for months now. I use an smc2862w-g USB card to connect from it ordinarily but like I said, it hasn't connected to my home network for months. It reads and connects to my neighbors networks just fine but for some reason it is isolated to my home network. My home router/modem is an Arris model.

Today while I was talking to some guys I know in IRC who work the IT field, I got it to work for all of about 10 minutes. The problem is, is that it was an intermittent sync. I noticed that when I were to change channels in my router it would follow to let's say channel 11 but the card would bounce back and forth between 11 and 10 causing intermittent sync. If I changed to channel 4 then it would bounce between that and 5. Channel 6, same thing and so on and so forth. I read somewhere that it could be a problem with conflicting chipsets between the router and card but that doesn't make much sense to me. I've been in the computer field for a few years now as a Security Specialist and tech support agent so this does not add up.

This is the first time I've seen this happen.

Symptoms of Problem and Remedies Tried Summed Up:
Does not pick up ONLY home network (points that it is a computer or card problem).
Intermittent sync after looping it to try and connect.
Reinstalled drivers.
Firmware up to date.
Disabled 3rd party software to use Wireless Ze... Read more

A:[SOLVED] Can't connect to home network.

These are MS's solutions for this problem How to troubleshoot home networking in Windows XP which may help.

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Hey guys. I made a post similar to this in windows 2000-xp-2003 forum, but no responses. I recently installed windows 2000 on my moms computer. Since then, every computer is detecting an "internet connection" in the XP Network Connections. WHY? Its slowing the internet down, and Nobody on the network can acces the windows 2000 files. she has no problems doing anything, printing-seeing files- you name it. The XP machins can print to my printer (since its on my computer), but nobody can acces her computer. can you please help me?

A:Solved: windows 2K makes ALL windows XP machines see Internet gateway in Network Connections

Ok the "internet Connection" thing came from the router I have (Netgear MR814v2) haing UPnP enabled, which made it do that. The File sharing is also fixed, the problem was Mcafee persoanl Firewall wasnt lettin me into her pc, since mcafee was blocking it.

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Ok, I just started a new job and their domain is kind of screwy. They have a number of Windows 2000 machines running on a Windows 2003 AD domain. I am trying to get the AD integration for PC Duo running on this domain, but I am running into a problem. The machine I am using to test with, as well as every other Windows XP SP2 box, is missing from "My Network Places", which is what PC Duo uses to distribute clients remotely. I see all the Windows 2000 boxes fine. I found what could have been a viable solution, where I enabled File and Print Sharing in our Windows Firewall GPO, but all that did was give me every friggin domain in existence on the network, which totals well over 100. And I still couldn't see Windows XP boxes, which didn't help my problem anyway. Any thoughts on this? Where should I look?

A:Solved: Windows 2003 Cannot See Windows XP Machines in My Network Places?

Ok, it took me hours and hours of searching, but I found the problem.

Apparently, XP SP2 disables some services required by My Network Places to see and browse machines on a domain. These services are:
Workstation (needed to see computers in My Network Places)
Server (Needed to start Computer Browser)
Computer Browser (needed to browse computers in My Network Places)

Now, you don't NEED these services to run, and it's somewhat of a security hole to have them running all over your network, but they are required to run to both see and browse computers through My Network Places.

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I have a network with multiple OS machines (around 20), sharing files from windows 7 home device.

There is no problem viewing/editing files by other windows 7 machines, the problem that sometimes (3-5 times a day) windows XP machines stops from being able to access the shared files and I have to restart the machine (the sharing device) so that windows XP be able to access it again.

I don't know if the sharing device windows version is the reason of all this or not ! Is it related to the number of computers trying to access it in the same time ?

The weird thing is, win7 devices never faced a problem access files on that win7 home, even at the time when winXP devices stop from being able to access it.

Any ideas how to fix this ?


A:Sharing by Windows 7 home to multiple OS network

Welcome to Seven Forums,

You may start with disabling the Power Management on the XP computers - see attached image.

Also, change the Speed & Duplex of your NIC, fiddle with the setting - see attached image.

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My desktop Dell Inspiron 531S, 64 bit, 4Gb Ram (NOT WIRELESS) running WINVISTA HOME PREMIUM has been having for the last 2 weeks, a lot of problems connecting to my VERIZON FIOS NETWORK. I have to struggle in order to connect by going to CONTROL PANEL/NETWORK-FILES SHARING and trying to find a way to connect, sometimes it takes up to hour before I make it work. PLEASE HELP ME to FIND a solution to this annoying situation. I have 2 more LAPTOPS and NO PROBLEM.
Your HELP will be greatly appreciated!

A:Solved: Hard to connect to home network

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Hi all,

Before we start:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770 CPU @ 3.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 16340 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7950, -1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 122001 MB, Free - 84839 MB; D: Total - 953865 MB, Free - 809338 MB; F: Total - 1430796 MB, Free - 810548 MB;
Antivirus: None

Additional info on my machine:

I was surfing yesterday when all the sudden my connection dropped. I have never been able to reconnect since then (see attachment "Network" for current state).
Interestingly enough, all my other devices connected to the same network continue to work perfectly fine (2 phones, 1 tablet). Only the PC seems to refuse to connect.
Prior to this issue, all 4 devices were connected on the same network for 2+ years without any problems at all.

What did I try?
Pretty much everything that I could think off and found on internet, including:
Check that the password I entered was correct
Reboot computer / modem
Deactivate / reactivate all possible configurations of network cards
Uninstall / reinstall Wireless LAN Card drivers (including newer versions of the drivers)
Update motherboard / chipset drivers
Virus and malware scans with AVG anti-virus
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A:Solved: Cannot connect to home wireless network... after trying everything I could !!

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i've problems connecting to my wireless network. i do not face this problem in the past until recently i've some problems with my laptop. after i re-format my laptop, i faced with this problem.

here are some of the images i took. hope it helps on your understanding.

i need help!

A:Solved: can't connect to home wireless network

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I have 1 pc using vista ultimate and 2 laptops using vista home premium. I use a BT homehub 2 to which my pc is connected via ethernet and the laptop are connected via wireless connection. Network discovery has been activated on all 3 machines and all machines are visible on the network.

The problem I am having is: each of the laptops can share files and folders via the network, laptop 1 can share with the pc in both directions but laptop 2 can not access the pc even tho the pc can access laptop 2. When accessing the pc via the laptop i get an error message stating "\\FRANCIS-PC is not accessible. You may not have permission to use the network resource"

This problem has only come about since the laptop (os) was re - built. As a tempoary stop gap I have been using net-op remote control host and guest to allow laptop 2 to access the pc which was working fine, but now it states that the pc cannot be found even though it can be seen in the network window. I have tried pinging the pc and that was successful with no loss.

Any help would be great

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OK...have had my Samsung LED Smart TV for about 7 months now. I am having trouble on and off keeping it connected to my home network (router). It loses connection and now it won't connect at all.

I wondered if there way another way to connect that was better than just the usual way (i.e. direct connect, mac address)...but I'm not familiar with other ways.

My router is a Netgear WNDR3800


A:Solved: Smart TV connect to home network

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Everyone here seems really knowledgeable, so I'm hoping that you can help me. I have two computers that I connect to the internet through a Linksys BEFSX41 router. The other day my cable modem went caput, so we exchanged it for a new one. I connected the new one to the router, and one of my computers connected right away, with no problem. The other, however, repeatedly gave me a "limited connection" error. I tried unplugging the cable modem and router and restarting the computer. Still no connection, so I tried to ipconfig/release, then ipconfig/renew. That didn't work, so I assigned the trouble computer a static IP address hoping that it would solve the problem. I no longer receive the "limited connection" error, but I am still unable to connect to the internet. I also tried pinging the other computer connected to my router with no success; it simply timed out. I'll include the results of my ipconfig below:

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : LAPTOP
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection 2:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mi
ni PCI Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-04-23-69-30-79

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

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A:Solved: Home Network- One Computer Does Not Connect

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Yesterday my computer disconnected from the Internet and wouldn't reconnect. It said that something was unplugged. I have a home wireless network with several computers and the others still work fine, so I assumed it was a problem with the PCI Adapter (Edimax IEEE 802.11g Turbo Mode). I bought a new one (Tenda TWL541C(P)), but that doesn't work either. It installed OK and I set up the wireless network without any problems, but it just says "Card Unplugged" and Site Survey is greyed out, so I can't get onto the network.

Please can someone tell me what I need to do to get back online?


A:Solved: Can't Connect To Wireless Home Network

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My laptop will not connect to my wireless network, it only gives me an "Limited or no Connectivity" message. My wireless network does appear on the windows "Wireless Networks" screen, but when I try and connect to it it gives me that message. I have already entered the network key from the bottom of the router. Me router is an e-wire home portal 1000HW. I know that I am not doing something right from my , but since I am no pro with this stuff I cannot figure what it might me. If you all can give me any step by step instructions as to set up the network I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you!

I am running windows xp in both my desktop and laptop. I am able to connect to other various wi-fi networks (ie. barnes & noble).

A:Solved: Cannot connect to home wireless network

Please supply the following info, exact make and models of the equipment please.
Make/model of the broadband modem.
Make/model of the router (if any).
Connection type, wired, wireless.
If wireless, encryption used, (WEP, WPA, WPA2, etc.)
Make/model of network card or wireless adapter.
Make/model of your computer (motherboard if home-built).
Version and patch level of Windows on all affected machines, i.e. XP-Home (or XP-Pro), SP2, Vista, etc.

I suggest disabling encryption on your router to see if you can connect, then enable encryption as a separate step. Also, use only the HEX key option for WEP, don't use the passcode option. If possible, use WPA encryption.

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I had my home network set up, and it worked just fine. Desktop w/ XP Home (SP2), laptop w/ XP Media Center (SP3), Linksys WRT54G &#8211; desktop hard-wired, laptop wireless. File sharing, printer sharing, all good. Explorer.exe file on laptop corrupted, had to burn out the hard drive and recover/reload. Now can&#8217;t get network back up. Set up fine (apparently) on desktop, but can&#8217;t make the connection with laptop. Have run network setup wizard several times, tried every different permutation I can think of with my low level of tech experience. Wizard on laptop seems to set up network, but desktop MSHOME network only sees desktop, and when I try to see MSHOME with laptop, it tells me it's unavailable and to ask network administrator, may not have rights, etc. I saw you help another with similar problem, but haven&#8217;t been able to get her fixes to help this one. What should I try next, or what further info can I give you?

A:Solved: Can't restore wireless connect to home network

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For some reason my Compaq laptop lost its wireless connection (my personal one). I am now running thru my neighbor's, yet would like to get mine back up and running. I have high speed Internet and a Linksy's G-router. Or, and I had it set up as a network to my desktop and my two Tivo's using WEP security and password (Tivo can't do WAP).

Any suggestions?

A:Solved: Home network problem - can't connect to the Internet

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I recently brought my computer over to my friend's house for some network gaming, and all was fine until i returned home and set up my computer in its usual place...now my computer (which is connected to our local wireless network via a Belkin 11mbps wireless desktop network card) wont connect to the network.

My computer normally uses the Belkin Network Monitor Utility as its means of detecting local networks and thus far it manages to detect our local network, but although ive created a profile with the correct information it doesnt let me connect or i'm able to connect and it drops the network frequently and doesnt allow internet access.

Ive tried using Wireless Zero Configuration also, and Windows detects the network and attempts to connect and then says "Not Connected" in the top corner and displays the message "You are now connected to this network", which i find rather confusing

In other attempts, ive tried ipconfig to see if i could determine any problem from there but from what i could see there wasnt anything wrong apart from the IP address as listed below:

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : your-dmie2v151z
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

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A:Solved: Computer wont connect to home network.

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I recently upgraded my wireless router from D-Link DIR-615 to D-Link DIR-685. Before the changeover, all of my devices were connecting to the router, although I had several problems with dropped connections, etc. The devices in use were:
- Desktop computer
- Laptop computer
- All-in-one touchscreen computer
- Netbook
- iPhone (original model)
- HP TouchPad tablet
- Sony Blu-Ray player
- Two internet radios (Aluratek and Livio)
- Wii

ALL of these devices were connected wirelessly to the network. When I set up the new router, I used a different network name/SSID, but kept the same security key/password. All of the router settings were kept the same (e.g., WPA-2, etc.). After the new router was up and running, every single one of the devices listed above connected (after an initial setup with the new network name, of course) EXCEPT the All-in-one/touchscreen computer. I've tried over and over, and it refuses to accept the security key/password. (The desktop, laptop, and touchscreen are all running Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium.)

After doing some research, I tried some suggested solutions, but nothing seems to work. Nothing on the problem computer has changed since it was last connected to the old router. I checked the "Properties" of the network device on both the Desktop (which has no problems connecting) and the Touchscreen, and they are identical: WPA-2, AES, etc. And I'm 100% positive I'm entering the security key correctly. I've rebooted the... Read more

A:Solved: One device won't connect to home wireless network

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connect vista to wireless home network

how can I connect a vista laptop to existing wireless home network with other 3 xp machines.

I followed googled info but keep chasing my tail as all effords end trying to make an internet connection.

My router is Negear wired & wireless capable in which 2 PCs are wired & an Acer netbook wireless connected, all 3 XP machines.
Hewlett-Packard Compaq Presario CQ61 Notebook PC
2.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium Dual-Core
160gb HD, 3GB Ram
32 operating system

A:Solved: connect vista to wireless home network

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lost wifi access thru local (home) connection. can connect thru public network. my grandma during last visit accidentally changed the network to her laptop. Have tried to reset netgear wnr2000v1 with pin in back. turned off and waited and turned back on again--no success. have tried to set up new network--see the network listed but no internet access available. have modem/router from comcast. My laptop is Acer Aspire 5733 with Lan Broadcom and wireless lan atheros. Hope that helps. gettting discouraged. have looked on your other threads/posts for suggestions-have tried many so far no help. have used your website in past and has always helped esp. since I'm not very computer savvy. How can I get my wifi connected again.

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
'PING192.169.2.1' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.
C:\Users\Vicatron>Ping google.com
Pinging google.com [] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from bytes=32 time=31ms TTL=52
Reply from bytes=32 time=30ms TTL=52
Reply from bytes=32 time=30ms TTL=52
Reply from bytes=32 time=30ms TTL=52
Ping statistics for
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 30ms, Maximum = 31ms, Average = 30ms

A:Solved: wifi cant connect to local/home network

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I'm totally new to Windows 7, I've read through a lot of the threads here but can't fix the problem.

I have a network of two vista Pc's connected to a router, no problems. But I can't get my new windows 7 laptop to join the network. The laptop connects to the router and internet fine, but can't see either PC. The PC can see the laptop sometimes, but can't access it - when I click to open get a 0x80070035 error. And once I change a combination of settings the PC can't see it anymore.

I have also tried connecting just to the router, turning off firewalls but that doesn't work either. File sharing is on, on all computers.

Unsure what to try next?

A:Can't connect to Home Network with Windows 7

I'm guessing you have a workgroup established. Are all three machines on the same workgroup? On the Windows 7 computer, did you join a homegroup? If so, leave the homegroup - homegroups are only for Windows 7 computers and will not work with any Vista computers.

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I have little computer knowledge so please be gentle with this. I have just set up a secure home network with a Vista computer. This has happily picked up an XP computer but not one running Windows 7. The network key just does not work although it says that it does on the USB flash drive. The 7 computer picked up the internet connection before it was security enabled. So:

1 Does anyone have an answer to make the 7 connection work; or

2 Can I remove the security and go back to an unsecured network which the 7 computer will work on once again?

A:Windows 7 will not connect to a home network

Hi peterjustin,

Please read this tutorial, follow its instructions, then come back and let us know if you were successful: Networking home computers running different versions of Windows


Windows Outreach Team

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I have a wireless router with highspeed. My Mac OS X wireless laptop and wired Mac OS X computer are connected through the router and sharing files just fine. I just got a wireless Windows XP laptop and all three can connect to the internet. However, the Windows can not see any options to connect to or share with either Mac computer, and they can't see it. Trying to map a network drive from Windows, all that shows is it's own folders to be shared. I set the virus protection software on the Windows to fully trust the other two IP addresses showing on the network, the Mac's.
On the wired Mac I set it to use TCP for sharing, I assume windows uses TCP/IP, for this setting on the Mac it says (will not be encrypted). However in the similar options on the windows computer it has options set to encrypt, didn't get to experimenting with that yet.

What are some common problems/reasons they may not be communicating cross-platform, I read elsewhere it should be fairly easy. I had turned Airport? on while trying new settings. Much more of a Windows user, so this may be a beginner Mac mistake. What all other information would be helpful? None of these computers are the spec from profile.

A:Can't connect Windows PC to home network with two Mac's

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We have 5 Win 7 machines and 3 XP machines in a domain with 4 printers. There were no issues until this past weekend when the Win 7 machines started saying a specific printer was offline while the XP machines would still print to it. The printer (HP T1100) is connected directly to the network, not shared. There have not been any changes made to the printer, server or the machines.

Any help would be appreciated.

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So I just did a clean install of XP (deleted the partition before install). When I booted it up for the first time it basically went directly to the desktop. Immediately after I plugged in my Ethernet cable (using highspeed cable internet) and loaded up Internet explorer, but I couldn't connect to the internet.

I don't really know why it's doing this (because I used to be able to access the internet via ethernet and modem just fine on this computer with XP), but I believe it has something to do with my network adapter not being recognized because neither "Modem" nor "Network adapter" is listed under device manager:

I'm using a Dell Optiplex GX270. Help please!

A:Solved: Just installed XP SP2 Home Edition, can't connect to network or internet (HEL

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I have three home desktop computers all with windows 7 ultimate and connected to internet by ethernet cable via a Dlink n router DIR 628.

I know I can connect a printer installed to one computer and then sharing it through Windows 7's homegroup sharing. But I guess the printer can't be shared if the computer its plugged to is not ON.

The Dlink router has a usb slot at the back. Can I share the Printer on the home network thru the routers usb slot?. The printer has no ethernet port.

A:Solved: Can I connect a Printer to home network thru routers usb slot?

support site for that dlink http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=670 - with manual - click on "support resources"
The USB appears to be available only to setup wireless settings - so NO you cant use for printer - But you can buy print servers which will connect to the LAN connection - USB print server HUB - belkin make 2 one for just lan and one for wireless - but there others available

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So I go on vacation and i want to use my remote desktop function to access my home desktop. I guess I could send out an invite to myself, but once that is gone it is gone. If i just have remote desktop running how do I find connect to the computer remotely? do i need to forward a port or what? What do people normally do?

A:Solved: Remote Desktop : How do people outside a home network normally connect to themselves?

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We have two laptops at home which connect to the same wireless network. I just took one of them on a roadtrip and when I got back, I could no longer connect to the wireless network - I can't even "see" the connection. It keeps saying "no wireless networks were found in range." (obviously I am posting on the other laptop!)

I suspect that my frequent connecting to other wireless networks while on the road may have squirreled up the wireless settings but I have no idea how to fix it!

Thanks for your help!

A:Solved: Can't connect to home wireless network after travelling w/ laptop

Assuming that your SSID broadcast is enabled try a System Restore to when the connection was working.

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I am running Win7 Pro 64bit (My Grandson's PC). The problem is that when he opens Chrome he can get Google & Gmail but gets an error when he tries to go anywhere else. The error tells me that I can't connect to the proxy server. I have tried changing the LAN settings but that doesn't work. It was suggested I check Windows Defender & Windows Firewall. Defender is out of date & will not turn on. Firewall says connected to Public but Home Network is not connected. I can't seem to find a way to connect it. He uses Windows security Essentials.

I hope someone can help me with this. He is 14 & is very discouraged & impatient because I can usually fix his problems but I am lost on this.

Many Thanks,

A:How do I connect Windows Firewall to home network

I have tried changing the LAN settings but that doesn't work

What did you change them to? Usually, unless an ISP otherwise specifies, the first item should be checked about "Automatically detect......" and nothing else. I've found if the Proxy section has checkmarks, and the ISP doesn't require them, that infections can cause that and can prevent opening Web sites.

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I installed windows 7 about 5 minutes ago. I then tried to go to the internet and it says that there is not a properly installed network device. How do fix this? In vista in just worked.

A:Windows Seven can't connect to Internet or home network

I had the same problem with the Beta version on one of my machines. But I set up my network adapters manually with the drivers downloaded to a flash drive from another computer. I manually installed the ethernet card drivers. Once I got it online everything updated with no problems, including the wifi. When I installed the 7RC (a clean install, not upgrade) I did not have the same problem on that machine. The adapter worked on install. I was running Vista also.

Hope this helps...

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Setting up a home network with my new computer (8.1) and my old one (Vista).

The Vista system can see, connect to, and access my 8.1 computer. But my 8.1 computer can NOT connect to and access my Vista computer even though it can see it.

I've tried everything. YES I have sharing enabled. Yes both computers show up on the network. When I try to access my old Vista using the home network I get the following error message.

Check the spelling, otherwise there might be a problem with your network.

Then when I "diagnose" the issue (Using windows) I get this message; "You're computer appears to be correctly configured, but the device or resource (NETWORK-NAME) is not responding.

I'm at my wits end. I want to access my old computer using my new one but I can ONLY access my new one using my old one (it's the complete reverse of what I want).

Any suggestions?

A:Windows 8.1 can't connect to Vista on home network

"NETWORK-NAME" is the host (or computer) name of the Vista, right?

Is at least one user account on the Vista password protected?

If any firewall (other than Windows') or security suite on the Vista is it properly configured for the desired access?

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I have an old IBM Thinkpad R51 (1836). It was loaded with viruses so I re-installed Windows XP. (2002 version). I can no longer connect to my home network or to the web.
I can ping and all is good.
I cannot ping my router.
ipconfig is empty.
I have the 1394 network adapter installed and enabled.
I have to ethernet controller and no network controller.
I searched the web, downloaded and installed several drivers and no luck.

What do you recommend?
thank you for your help!!!

A:re-installed Windows XP and cannot connect to home network

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Hi everyone, I have an HP Officejet G85 printer connected via USB to a computer running XP SP3 on a home wireless network and now I have a new computer with Windows 7 Home Premium Wireless and I have tried to add the printer to the new computer and when I use the ad a new printer wizard I can see the printer on the XP computer network but when I chouse that printer the Windows 7 wizard says it can't find a driver on the network or at Windows Update, I am at a loss and can't print from the new computer can anyone help me out setting up the printer on my new machine with wireless connection to the home network.
Thank you, Mark L.

A:Printer on XP home network can't connect to Windows 7

Check this HP site for Windows 7 drivers --> http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/s...&product=60399

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Hi I'm hoping someone on here can help.
I'll try and keep this brief, we were having problems with our netgear router (DGN1000) mainly with connection when online gaming with PS3, generally poor connection - so purchased a TP-Link router (TD-W8960N). We could usually access the netgear wirelessly on our laptops Dell and Acer Aspire 4820T (both Windows 7) without any problems and were still doing so last night. However hubby attempted to install the new router last night and all seemed to go fine but after installing we couldn't connect to the wireless network through laptops, iphone ps3 etc - even though we could see the network with excellent strength, after hours of trying called TP-Link they went through everything they could think of and still no joy. Gave up in the end and went to reinstall the netgear Router and now we have the same problem with this router, even though earlier in the night it wasn't a problem - we deleted the previous networks so there was nothing stored in memory & tried everything we can think of (although neither of us are brilliant with IT we do usually get by).
We even set up an unsecured wireless network (on both routers) and still couldn't connect - any advice would be greatly received - many thanks

A:Solved: Can no longer connect wirelessly to secured or unsecured home network

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