Networking Basic

Workgroup and Homegroup both terms are used to define a group of computers those are set to share the resources. Both terms are used synonymously in networking but they have some differences based on how computers and other resources are managed in the group. This article lists those differences.

differences between workgroup and homegroup


  • In workgroup all computers have equal rights.
  • Workgroup cannot be password protected.
  • Workgroup has a limit of twenty computers.
  • In workgroup all computers must be on same local network.
  • Workgroup works on all windows version.
  • Workgroup works on both IP versions: IPv4 and IPv6.
  • In workgroup every computer requires same workgroup name.
  • Workgroup needs technical knowledge to setup.
  • Workgroup requires security and sharing permissions to be set.
  • To use a workgroup computer you need to have a user account on that computer.


  • Homegroup does not have a limit of computers.
  • You can join as much computers as you want.
  • Homegroup can be password protected.
  • Homegroup is easy to setup. All sharing options are enabled automatically.
  • Homegroup requires IPv6 to work.
  • Homegroup can be span over the subnet.
  • Homegroup requires window7 or higher version.

If your network has all computers lower than windows 7 then you should use workgroup. But if you have windows 7 or higher version then you should always use homegroup to take the advantage of new features. In a mix environment you can use both workgroup and homegroup.