Steam’s In-Home Streaming (Problem Solved)

Gabe Newell has built himself quite an empire. Essentially creating a monopoly on computer game (and software) warehousing, Valve’s Steam client is quite possibly the most convenient, user-friendly, and practical way to organize, buy, and save your computer games. From cloud capabilities to (now) in-home streaming, Steam has enhanced the computer gaming experience for nerds and casual players alike.

Steam’s newest invention beings games to your not-so-high-end devices. In-Home Streaming makes your gaming desktop (or laptop) act as a local server to stream its games to other computers in the same local network. In my case, I stream games into my laptop that otherwise lacks the hardware to run any decent game out today. This saves me a ton of money and also makes me a really happy consumer. Alas, I wasn’t so happy today when I turned my Asus laptop on, connected to Steam, and my account couldn’t be synced to my desktop. To learn how In-Home Streaming works, click here.

My home network has two routers. The main router is located in my basement and my secondary wi-fi router is located upstairs by the bedrooms. Last night my Nexus 6 decided that my secondary router mysteriously disappeared and couldn’t find it. I thought nothing of it until I tried Steam In-Home game streaming today.

Here’s how my home network set up looks like:


The goal was to stream Sniper Elite 3 from my gaming desktop to my not-so-gaming Asus laptop. Here’s what happened.

My desktop was indeed connected to the internet, but through a LAN cable. My Asus laptop, on the other hand, connected automatically to my Verizon wireless router in the basement (because the upstairs router miraculously fell asleep). Steam couldn’t recognize these devices on the network because, technically, they weren’t on the same “local network” even though they were all technically on the same “network”.

In order for Steam’s In-Home Streaming to work, all devices must be connected to the same router, regardless if they’re connected to the same overall network. So, problem solved – I simply had to restart my upstairs router, connect Asus wirelessly to it, and voila – Steam In-Home Streaming. If this solution helped you solve your problem, please share this page with your friends and feel free to leave some comments below!