Fortunately got it working again–closing everything down (again) and changing channels a few times… I’ll blame the Navy. The USS Vinson arrived in port this weekend.
My thread wasn’t meant to be confusing–but sometimes type too fast before thoughts are all clear.
I use my PC to connect to my Glowforge. A few months ago had modem/router issues and Xfinity upgraded me to latest box, and they recommend using setting that automatically lets devices pick 2.4 or 5 Hz (alas I forget the term they use for that). I’ve gone back & forth with doing that, but I had been running OK with that until this weekend.
So back to separating, and having 2 network names, one dedicated 2.4GHz for the Glowforge (and thus my PC). My chromebook and phone I connect to my 5GHz network (separate names & passwords), and was using my Chromebook for this community page and other work while my PC and GF were trying to talk to each other on the other network…
So I was seeing the Glowforge’s Wifi on my PC’s list of available networks, and could connect to the GF wifi, but then setup was not moving to the next step of the GF finding my home network again in the “Connect Your GF to Wifi Screen” (though my PC can see many–in the picture the grey bar shows many the wifi can “see”, but not all are even mine, and it’s only Smidginwic24 that I connect my PC to.
But finally got it all connected again… So at least I think I’ve learned all the things I need to run through if have problems again!
So @jeremy5, I’m OK for this thread to now close, as my issue is resolved. Whew.