10-05-2012 10:53 AM
Are you sure it's Win 7 and not the router or network config that's causing the problem? Could you try a direct connection or via a different hub, switch or router?
I know it doesn't help but I can confirm I have no problems at all with my 2TB GF Home, it sits on a gigabit ethernet switch (for high speed powerline and direct connections) and via this switch to a venerable old Netgear DG834 ADSL WiFi router. We have 2x Win7 64 bit laptops in the household on WiFi and the GF Home always appears and the drives map correctly. This is with the Seagate dashboard software installed.
One of these Win7 laptops is also used monthly with a direct gigabit ethernet connection for backing up the GF Home to an external usb disk: this is done using a batch file which performs several command line drive letter re-mappings to access each user's folders. Again no problems seeing the GF Home.
Other computers and laptops (still on WinXP) in the house use either WiFi or powerline connections. I didn't use the Seagate dashboard with these, just set up persistent mapped drives through Windows Explorer.
Our stand-alone media player and smart TV find the GF Home UPnP service every time. Films play all the way through no problem.
In short, the GF Home just works and is there on the network whenever we want it.
So what on earth is going on with your setup I wonder? I do hope you get to the bottom it, but it seems to me there are a lot of possibilities and it's probably very difficult to diagnose via forum posts.
Some things I would recommend are:
1) ensure all devices are on the same tcp/ip subnet and the same windows workgroup where applicable
2) give the GF Home a static ip address and reserve this in the router.
3) set up the GF Home user names and passwords exactly the same as the Windows user names and passwords - this allows the network connections/drive mappings to work without having to store specific authentication details in Credential Manager.
10-08-2012 07:13 PM
The GoFlex is connected directly to a D-Link DIR-628 802.11N router via Cat 5E. No ohter connections fail to work thru the router. Even using my laptop in the lower level to connect to the desktop wirelessly works faster. The IP address is set, all devices are on the same network / workgroup with the same privileges, access, etc.
10-14-2012 08:14 AM
I keep chewing over your problem?
My own Win 64 bit Machine keeps the connection as does my XP srv pack 3 and (spit!) my Vista Machines:
But : I have a locked down network meaning that my DCHP in my router, is *turned off* : By default.
... It also means that all my computers have fixed IP addresses ... Perhaps you could try setting your Win 7 machine to a fixed IP: One within your range set by your Router?
Logic here is: .. As you've already your GoFlex to a static IP address. Perhaps it would help if you did it to the Win 7 Machine as well!
.. Just thinking out loud here!
10-22-2012 04:07 AM
I have had similar problems with my Goflex where it wouldn't show up as a drive letter. I eventually disabled my firewall (McAfee) and it showed up straight away. Have reconfigured the firewall and it still looks to be working OK