Workgroup Networking

Difference between HomeGroup and WorkGroup

HomeGroup is a new feature of Window 7. Before Window 7 workgroup was used for networking. In this article we will check the key difference between Homegroup and workgroup.

WorkGroup

  • All computers are equal no computer has control over another computer.
  • Workgroup have a limit of twenty computers.
  • Workgroup cannot be password protected.
  • On workgroup every computer need its set of user accounts. To log on to any computer in the workgroup, you must have an account on that computer.
  • There are typically no more than twenty computers.
  • A workgroup is not protected by a password.
  • All computers must be on the same local network or subnet.
  • Workgroup works on all window versions.
  • Workgroup works fine on both IPv4 and IPv6.
  • In workgroup every computer requires same workgroup name.
  • Workgroups require security and sharing permissions to be set. This make workgroup configuration harder for a non technical person.

HomeGroup

  • In HomeGroup you can join as much computers you want.
  • HomeGroup is password protected.
  • HomeGroup only works on Window7 or higher versions of window.
  • Homegroup requires IPv6 to work.
  • A homegroup makes it easy to share pictures, music, videos, documents, and printers with other people on a home network. No additional configuration is required. All sharing options are enabled automatically.
  • Computers can be span over the subnet.
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