Steam is Valve’s digital video game distribution service. It was launched in September 2003 as a standalone software client allowing Valve to provide automatic updates to its games, and was later expanded to include third party games. Steam has also become a web- and mobile-based digital store.
Steam offers digital rights management (DRM), server hosting, video streaming and social networking services. It also offers users automatic game installation and updates, as well as community features such as friend lists and groups, cloud storage and in game voice and chat.
However, some users receive a “Not found host computer” error message when connecting via Steam Link. In this troubleshooting guide, we’ll tell you how to solve this problem.
What causes the “Host Computer Not Found” message?
- If your network connection is public, you will probably get a ‘No host computers found’ error.
- In most cases, the ‘No host computers found’ error is caused by a misconfigured Steam connection.
How to resolve the ‘No host computers found’ error?
Turn on streaming through the Steam settings
- First, open the Steam app on your computer and navigate to the Steam button.
- You will find it in the upper left corner of the window.
- Then find the In-Home-Streaming tab and click on it.
- Find the “Enable streaming” checkbox and activate it.
Add Steam to your firewall whitelist
- First, open the Start menu by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard.
- Then type “Firewall” and open “Firewall and network protection”.
- A window should open, scroll down and click on Allow an application through the firewall.
- You should now see a list of all the applications currently installed on your computer.
- To begin reconfiguring these settings, you’ll need to click Change Settings in the upper right corner of the screen.
- If you have access to the programs, find Steam by left-clicking on any application and typing “Steam”.
- Finally, check the two checkboxes in the “Public” and “Private” columns.