11-20-2009 10:42 PM
As the subject says, it appears that even with the latest firmware, the WRE54G doesn't seem to work with Windows 7's new HomeGroup feature.
I have 4 computers in my house running Windows 7, one of which is wireless. All the wired connections would link up fine with HomeGroup, but the wireless computer kept giving me the generic error message "This computer cannot connect to a HomeGroup". After wearching around on the net and trying a number of different things, I was still unsuccessfull. Finally, I tried unpluging the range extender and it connected to the HomeGroup right away. As soon as I plug the range extender back in, all HomeGroup functions quit working.
My router is a WRT54GL v1.1
The router seems to work fine with HomeGroup, even over wireless.
My Range extender is a WRE54G v3 running firmware version 3.04.01
Everything has worked fine with the extender untill this issue. Wireless computer has a strong signal and has not had any disconnect problems since installing the extender.
11-21-2009 02:41 PM - edited 11-21-2009 02:41 PM
On your WRE54G setup page, make sure the Default Gateway(192.168.1.1) Entry is added. Try to change the Channel from Default 6 to 11 and click on Save Settings.
May be you can try to reset the range expander and re-configure all the settings back on it again. Now you can try to connect to your wireless network using the range expander.
11-21-2009 08:48 PM
Settings are all good. Gateway is correct. I did the "reset and reconfigure" thing while attempting to figure out the issue.
Everything else works fine. I have solid wireless internet connection, thanks to the extender. I can share files through the old file and printer sharing method. I have a Home Server that backs it up every night without issue. I frequently use Remote desktop without a problem. It's ONLY the HomeGroup feature that's an issue and it's ONLY when the Extender is plugged in. I've read a few articles on HomeGroup having compatibility issues with certain routers, and from the way it's acting, I'm pretty sure this is a compatibility issue with the extender.
It would be cool if there is some sort of setting I can change to fix this problem, but I have a feeling this is an issue that may require a firmware update.
11-22-2009 08:18 AM
12-25-2009 03:13 PM
I have exactly the same problem! Unplug the range extender WER54G - the computers in the homegroup see each other. Plug it back in - they don't see each other.
With a twist, actually. If two computers are connected through the range extender, they are in the same homegroup. If one of them is connected through the range extender and the other is connected through the router (also Linksys) they do not see each other.
Apparently, the homegroup is fixed to a MAC address, and the router and the extender have different MAC addresses, so they belong to different "networks", as far as the Windows 7 homegroup is concerned.
Please help to fix this!
12-27-2009 03:25 PM
Could it be that WRE54G does not support ipv6 and Windows 7 homegroup requires ipv6?
By the way, my computers see each other using "work group" and can share files and printers. It is only the homegroup feature that does not work.
01-27-2010 01:18 PM
05-03-2010 05:56 PM
I have the same problem... If people from CISCO read this forum please HELP us!!!
I also have the same problem with linksys music bridge when the range expander is on. Please HELP!