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You selected the issue: Host computer shows as Offline

Steam must be running on your host computer for the Steam Link to connect. If you have a firewall, you may need to set permissions to allow the Steam Link to connect.

Make sure Steam is running and logged in
In order for the Steam Link to see your host computer, it must be turned on with Steam running and logged in to your Steam account.
Re-check Enable streaming in settings
  1. Launch the Steam client
  2. In the top-left, click Steam, then Settings
  3. Under the In-Home Streaming tab, uncheck and re-check the Enable streaming checkbox
  4. Click OK
Set your network location as Home network
Users have reported that using the Public network network location setting can cause connection issues for streaming.
Temporarily disable your firewall
In some cases, your firewall may prevent the Steam Link from connecting to your host PC.
If setting permissions for Steam fails, do the following to disable your firewall temporarily (on Windows).

  1. On your host PC, press the Windows key on your keyboard
  2. Type: firewall
  3. Select Windows Firewall from the list
  4. Click on Turn Windows Firewall on or off
  5. Check Turn off Windows Firewall (not recommended) and click OK

Do the following to re-enable Windows Firewall and create an exception for Steam in your firewall settings.

  1. From the Windows Firewall window, click Allow a program or feature through Windows Firewall
  2. Click the Change Settings button
  3. Check all boxes for Steam
  4. Click OK

ZoneAlarm is known to cause issues for some users.