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Hi, I'm having trouble connecting two laptops into one homegroup. One of them is connected to the main router in the basement and another is connected to a secondary router on the top floor. If I connect them both to the same router I have no issues with the homegroup, but I haven't figured out a way to solve the dual router issue. Thanks for your help!
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how is the 2nd router set up? Do you have it set up as a router or a wireless switch?

I believe Homegroup requires everything to be in the same network, and if the 2nd router is acting as a router and handing out ip's it can cause conflicts.

What routers are you using? Exact details depend on the router, but basically you set the 2nd router on the same ip range as the main router ( say main router is 192.168.1.1, set the second to 192.168.1.2), disable DHCP server on the 2nd router and save the settings. Shut everything off on the network (routers, switches, modem, computers, printers, mobile devices etc) and plug the ethernet cable from router 1 into any of the LAN (not WAN) ports on the second router.
Restart everything I tend to go from modem, router to 2nd router to devices) and it should then work.
You can still control the wireless settings on the 2nd router seperate from the 1st, but all routing functions are controlled by the 1st router.
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use the router connected to your modem as your main router. turn dhcp off on the second router and give it a ip address thats not the same as your main (like: 192.168.1.2). Then connect the Ethernet cord from the main router to one of the lan ports on the back of the second router (not wan). Should work fine now. I also recommend you set the ssid (wireless name) the same and use the same password and encryption method, and just use a different channel for each.
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^ Those.

Using the WAN port on the second router creates a double NAT scenario.
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