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Public vs Private network location w/new wireless adaptor

Q: Public vs Private network location w/new wireless adaptor

Long story short, I am trying to install a new usb wireless router on my laptop, I have tried using three different adapters all of which once the drivers are installed show either a "unidentified", or "public" network. They all connect to the network, and I am able to browse through the other computer on the network but there is no internet. The old adapter works on both pc's, but none of the other three work on either pc (other pc is running Vista, would rather work with 7). So how do I get a different adapter to work? The internal adapter got to where it just would not get a signal and when it did it was slow, but I tried it again just because, and had the same problem with it, it would not change to a home network, what is going on?

ps. The old usb adapter works for about 2-3 hours then it gets hot and quits until it cools off, then it works again.

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Preferred Solution: Public vs Private network location w/new wireless adaptor

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It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

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A: Public vs Private network location w/new wireless adaptor

Quote: Originally Posted by Robby14


Long story short, I am trying to install a new usb wireless router on my laptop, I have tried using three different adapters all of which once the drivers are installed show either a "unidentified", or "public" network. They all connect to the network, and I am able to browse through the other computer on the network but there is no internet. The old adapter works on both pc's, but none of the other three work on either pc (other pc is running Vista, would rather work with 7). So how do I get a different adapter to work? The internal adapter got to where it just would not get a signal and when it did it was slow, but I tried it again just because, and had the same problem with it, it would not change to a home network, what is going on?

ps. The old usb adapter works for about 2-3 hours then it gets hot and quits until it cools off, then it works again.


Have you tried going into the Network and Sharing center then to the left side choose "Manage Wireless Connections" using the manual wireless set up there to make sure that all settings are correct to access your new USB router.

It might also be required that you go into the routers wireless set up page to choose the settings you want to use.

As for the Unidentified network problem, you sometimes need to make manual adjustments to fix that problem. The link below shows you how.
Windows 7 Unidentified Network, Limited Access, No Internet Connection Problem Resolved

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Hi all.

From a working network between two computers, I now have a problem.

I can see why the failure occured, but cannot figure why.

The problem shows in the part of the Network and Sharing centre screen that describes the network location i.e Public or Private.

On viewing this screen, the location descriptor continuously jumps between Public and Private, (remaining longer on Public) when, during network setup, the location was set to Private giving me excellent network access between the computers.

I have found no method that will return the ability to set and retain the location to Private.


Regards.

Grasmith

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One of our Windows 7 is located in our SAN VLAN and doesn't need to access The internet so that it doesn't setup default gateway. I have enabled remote desktop, but can't access it from other computer in the same subnet using RDP. I found the firewall disabled remote desktop on Public location (note: remote desktop is enabled in the private network). I must enable the remote desktop in the public location to be able to access it remotely. That is OK. My question are:1. Why the LAN display "Unidentified Network"? It is because it doesn't have default gateway?2. Do you know a way to change the "Unidentified Network" network location from the Public to Private? It doesn't give you the option to make the change when it is "Unidentified Network".thank you.Bob Lin, MS-MVP
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A:Change "Unidentified Network" networ location from public to private

  You can't change the unidentified network to private because that is prevented by a default security setting.    You can change the security setting so that the network is not made public in the first place.   Here is what you need to do from a previous discussion on this.To do this on your local server , follow these steps:
1. Start --> run --> MMC --> press enter
2. In MMC console , from menu file select Add/Remove Snap-in
3. Select Group Policy Object editor --> Press Add --> select Local computer --> press OK -->press OK
4. Open Computer configration -->Windows Settings -->Security Settings -->select Network list manager policieson the right Side you will see options for :
double click -->Unidentified networks
  Then you can select the option to consider the Unidentified networks as private and if user can change the location.
I hope that is will help you and is clear .

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Hikmat Kanaan Amman-Jordan MCSEBill

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
OS Version: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU Z520 @ 1.33GHz
Processor Count:
RAM: 2.00 GB
Graphics Card:
Hard Drives: C:
Motherboard: Acer, , Base Board Version
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

The above information provide for the computer that I am addressing this issue about. I recently have returned to the U.S. and used the above system overseas on an ADSL home network, without any problems. Upon obtaining Internet service from a local company (Suddenlink) attached the line from the modem to this computer and connected successfully to the Internet. A few days later only assigned "Local Connection" and I could not connect to the Internet. After fumbling around with it, thought maybe the problem existed due to the location; Public or Private connection. I selected Private location even with the warning that if that selection was selected that it was permanent. Now cannot even receive Local connection, the computer wants to connect to a "Dial-up/VPN" network....how can I fix this and connect to the Internet via the wired connection from the modem provided by Suddenlink?
 

A:Public/Private Location (Vista)

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I just got my Vista 64bit laptop working wireless with my WinXP desktop through a Belkin router. I can transfer files using either PC and can print from the laptop on the two printers connected to the desktop. IOW, I can do everything I need so far.

When I open Vista's Network and Sharing Center on the laptop, I see the SSID name that I'm connected to, with "Public network" next to it. Is there any reason I should change it to Private? Either way, could someone please explain the pros and cons of having it set to public or private?

PS: I'll be trying to use the laptop from a hotel room in Vegas for the first time at the end of this month. Not sure yet if room provides wired or wireless access.

Thanks,
Skyzoomer (total novice when it comes to networking and especially wireless networking)

A:Should wireless be public or private?

hello:

---here is our forum tutorial page info--->File Sharing - Turn On or Off---

---please post your results---thank you---

peace

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Hi

I have managed to get my two home computers to see each other. The one runs Windows Vista Home Premium and the other runs Windows Vista Home Basic. I can dial both computers up to the internet perfectly (if I attach the modum to them) and I can share files and access them, however, nothing I do seems to allow me to do Internet Connection Sharing (ICS). I have reset the "Workgroup" name on both computers. I have disabled password protection and I have loaded both user accounts on both machines.

What I can see is that whenever I turn the machines on, it says of the network, "Unidentified Network" and sets the status as "Public" (I have to reset this to "Private", on both computers, in order for the two computers to see each other). I have never been able to get the computers to do proper file sharing (had them for two years now), but have been able to print to one printer doing printer sharing. So this proper file sharing is good. But I need the internet connection working too. Can someone help me please. I have scanned the web and these forums, which is how I got the file sharing going, but need help.

I would like to be able to do the ICS and not have to change the network status each time I turn on the computers.

A:Public / Private Network and ICS

Hello, and welcome, i need a bit more info please : Have you got both computers connected to a router ? Or are you just using a modem ?

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I just bought a mini notebook (HP) and while installing and setting up, I notice my wireless router is setup for non secure. I anm leaving for Europe tomorrow and really need fast set-up to secure network. I called HP and OMG what a disaster. Can anyone give me a quick stet by step to change the security on my wireless roter? Thanks.
 

A:Changing Wireless from Public to Private

Setting up a secure network is fairly easy, unfortunately the steps vary by router manufacturer, and model.
If you tell us what router you have, we'll try to help. If you require immediate assistance and nobody can give you ana answer in time, try visiting tech support page of your router.

Linksys

D-Link
 

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So this is my home pc that I run a private network on with my brothers computer and mine.. No idea now after a ran a tweak program I have public and private setup.


How do I just keep the private setting on rather then the public trash to? Also My jump drives no longer work on my computer but work on his.

Please help thanks!!

A:Check this out.. Private and public network?

go to the Network and Sharing Center and change your network type to "Home".

There are three types

Home, Work, and Public

The firewall has different policies for each.

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As the title says, my network connection keeps switching between public and private, despite my configuring it to a private network. Because of this, my PS3 is unable to connect (using laptop as media center to stream data to PS3).

We are using a DLINK DIR-615 at the moment.

I also have Linksys WRT54GS that I could switch back to, but I had problems with my laptop staying connected with that and we had the Dlink kicking around, so we swapped to see if my laptop would stay connected with it, and so far it has. Or atleast when it switches to "local only", it reconnects right away.

Anyway, my problem is that I'm trying to stream movies and music to my PS3. But whenever it flips to "public", I can no long stream the files. How can I get it to stay set as a private network?

Does this make any sense?

Edit to add:
Playing around with things, I've changed some firewall settings, but now when my PS3 is turned off, it changes back to a private network, and as soon as I turn it on, it flips to public.

A:Network Keeps Switching between Private and Public

Hello Trypnotized,
Welcome to vista forums!

Does your PS3 make the network private? A few google searches will give you the answer you desire.

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Hi,

I'm also trying to change my public network to private.

"Hit Winkey + R to open Run prompt and type gpedit.msc" When I followthis advice I get an error message saying that gpedit.msc can't be found. I'm running win 8 on a Lenovo Think Pad. Thanks for any help.

Jan

A:trying to change my public network to private

Hello Jan, and welcome to Eight Forums.

The tutorial below can help show you more on how to toggle between having a public or private network in Windows 8.

Network Location - Set to Private or Public in Windows 8

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I own a restaurant and currently have a DSL connection that is networked for my POS system and internal computers running Win XP. DSL line comes into a 2-Wire wireless router which is connected to a couple of hubs for wired network. Currently, everything works including wireless access. I would like to be able to offer both wired and wireless access to customers but want to keep them out of my internal network. What is the best way to do this? Do I need additional hardware? Do I need additional software? Or is this just a router setup issue? Is there somewhere on the web where I can get educated on this subject?

Thanks everyone for any insight you can share.
 

A:Want to set up public and private areas in network

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The network has been set as public.  How to change it to be private?  I suppose I used to be able to right-click somewhere and simply change it over.  However I can't find such option.
I try to disconnect it and re-connect it again.  Doing so I hope that it will ask what type of network to be set to but it won't ask again.
This is only Windows 8.1 Home system, not Professional.  So I don't have secpol.msc at my disposal.  Perhaps somebody can tell me where the regedit data setting is.
I do not want to change only the advanced sharing settings.

A:How to change a network from public to private?

Hi healee, 
On Charm, 
Settings -> Change PC Settings -> Network -> Connections -> <Connection you want to change>
You can see Find devices and Content. 
If you turn on the toggle, it is changed to Private profile.

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So I have a computer that I remote desktoped through neorouter(private)

I cannot remote desktop to it through the hamachi interface. It's set to public, but I can ping the machine and even browse the files.

However, it does not accept incoming connections.

I want to set it to private, except in the network control panel, there is no clickable "public", it's read only.

So I saw some guy's fix except NetworkList does not exist in windows 8 in the registry





Registry key for those looking (at least on Win7):
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles There will be a bunch of
keys with GUIDs as names. Within each you'll have everything you
need, the ProfileName is what you'll recognize as the Wireless
SSID. The combination of Category and CategoryType seem to
determine whether a network is Public, Work or Home. Catgory=0 and
no CategoryType seems to denote Public. Category=1 and
CategoryType=0 seems to be Work. I don't have any Home networks so
I don't know how those are defined. Hope this helps someone out.



How do I fix this? I also don't have physical access to this computer.

Also, I saw this downloading the registry file did nothing under windows 8
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/71408-unidentified-networks-set-private-public.html
-.-

(I disabled and re-enabled)
I tried doing it myself manually, except those settigns don't even exist under windows8.
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A:Can't change network from public to private

Helo jigglywiggly,

You might see if the tutorial below may be able to help with this.

Network Location - Set to Private or Public in Windows 8

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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In supporting a Community Assocation I have the need to create a public network and a private one that shares the same internet connection. The way this is shaping up is:

Modom (dial up)
D-Link Router (DI-704 w/ serial port)

Public Network
16 Port Hub

Private Network
LinkSys Router (BEFSR41)
8 Port Switch (currently a hub)

Some devices will need to connect to the routers and the hubs/switchs because of location. (no big deal, I ***-u-me)

Currently I have the settings as:
D-Link (Public)
IP : 192.168.1.64
Range : 65 to 127
Default IP mask (Can't find one)

LinkSys (Private)
IP : 192.168.1.32
Range : 33 to 47
Default IP mask

When connected to the Private network, a PC cannot ping the public ones or get the Internet (I need both). The public ones have Internet access, can ping the LinkSys but no PCs (As it should be).

So what how should this work and what am I missing?
 

A:Creating a Public and Private network

Welcome to TechSpot

I think the following might be helpful:

D-Link (Public) connect to your modem.
Router-setup WAN:
Protocol: Fixed IP
IP-address, Subnetmask and default Gateway: as per ISP-information
DNS-servers: as per ISP-information
Enable NAT

Router-setup LAN:
IP-address: 192.168.1.64
Subnetmask: 255.255.255.0
DHCP-server: disable
You selected Range : 65 to 127

PC-Settings (Public)
Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
Use the following fixed IP addresses: 192.168.1.65 (66, 67 etc. - 126)
Subnetmask: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 192.168.1.64 (IP-address from your Router)
Use DNS Server address: 192.168.1.64 (IP-address from your Router)
Second DNS: leave blank or put in first DNS-server from WAN-part in Router

Reserve the IP address: 192.168.1.127 for the Linksys (Private)
which will plug into the D-Link
============================================================================

LinkSys (Private) connect to the D-Link router.
Router-setup WAN:
Protocol: Fixed IP
IP-address: 192.168.1.127
Subnetmask: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 192.168.1.127
DNS-servers: 192.168.1.127
Enable NAT

Router-setup LAN:
IP-address: 192.168.1.127
Subnetmask: 255.255.255.0
DHCP-server: disable
You selected Range : 33 to 47

PC-Settings (Private)
Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
Use the following fixed IP addresses: 192.168.1.33 (34, 35 etc. - 47)
Subnetmask: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 192.168.1.127 (IP-address from your Router)
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I need help doing this for windows 7 home ed. x32
I have my xbox 360 connected via cat 5. I cant access files unless the network is private

A:Make a Public Network Private?

I don't know if this will help, but go to your Network and Sharing Center, then you should see all of your connections. Then change whatever network you want from a Public location to a Home or Work network.

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We have employees that need to connect to our private/secure wireless lan that uses static ip's (long explanation) and public lan's that use DHCP. Is there a way to handle this without having to change the network properties every time they come into or leave the office?

A:Wireless connection to public & private networks

when they connect to any wireless network for the first time vista should ask them if they want that connection to be public or private, they should choose private for the office network if it is secure and they wish to file share. For public wireless networks, where the purpose is to use the internet with file sharing disabled they should choose public.

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Hey Guys,
New to this post but I am dealing with a pretty pissed off Partner at my law firm where I am IT and I cant seem to figure out this problem. Client is trying to connect to the VPN of our network through his home PC (which I might add has a firewall) . He has Windows 98 SE and when we tried to add Microsoft Virtual Private Adaptor ....it added and you could see it listed under the Network components screen of Network Neighborhood but there was no message to insert the Win98SE CD-Rom which I have grown accustomed to seeing when adding the adaptor nor is there any signs of activity of files being copied over. When trying to connect through a dial-up networking icon created for the VPN adaptor .....it says "Dialing...." which should not be with a VPN adaptor but rather we should see "Connecting...." and after awhile I get an error message for Error 038(hope I am right on that.....was at work till 3 AM trying to figure it out....my mind was pudding) . Any advice would be greatly appreciated....hopefully there is a patch or something for this.Thanks Norton
 

A:Virtual Private Network Adaptor Problems

Originally posted by Norton121
Hey Guys,
He has Windows 98 SE and when we tried to add Microsoft Virtual Private Adaptor ....it added and you could see it listed under the Network components screen of Network Neighborhood..... Click to expand...

How did you "add" the VPN adapter? Did you go through Control Panel>Add/Remove Programs>Add/Remove Windows Components>Select Communications (I believe) and scroll down to Microsoft Virtual Private Networking. Check the box and finish the wizard.

If you followed this procedure, check out Microsoft's Knowledge Base and try a search on Windows '98 SE and VPN. There's a number of possibilities and solutions.

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/support/searchkb.asp
 

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I own a restaurant and want to set up free wifi for customers to access the internet. However, I am concerned that they can get into my internal restaurant network which includes the sensitive POS system. I currently have DSL and have 2-Wire wireless router that only the restaurant computers have (wired and wireless) access to.
How do I separate the free wifi for customers? Do I need a separate wireless router? Do I need hardware firewall? Do I need special software? Any recommendations on setup would be greatly appreciated.
 

A:Wifi - how to separate public and private network

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Since I've got windows 8 nobody was able to connect to me via hamachi, though it works when two others who have windows 8 connect to each other, so i was looking for what was different, and apparently it doesnt let through any data when it's set to "public network".
The problem here is that usually you change it by clicking on the network symbol, right-clicking your network and turn sharing on or off, but hamachi makes up another network which isn't listed in the primary interface. I've tried many things already and I'm kind of looking for a direct cmd-Command which allows me to change it quickly.

So, basically, I try to change a network-setting from public to private without using the "normal way to do it".

Thanks in advance

A:Change hamachi network from public to private

Hello Askala, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You might see if one of the options in the tutorial below may be able to help you set your network to private.

Network Location - Set to Private or Public in Windows 8

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn

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Most of my clients get their internet connection from the same central hub/server at corporate HQ. They are located in various buildings across the state.

We have been having a strange issue where at seemingly random times they get booted off of our domain. Let's just say its called aaa.com. Now this usually occurs at times where they turn on the computer in the morning, they lock the computer, or even after a period of inactivity at random intervals that make no sense. We think that it may have something to do with degrading lines, but even new lines with switches causes the routing to go to a different computer!!!

This all started when we noticed that we were losing our default gateway on random computers, which is 192.168.X.1! Always! The x variable ranges from 2-17 based on whatever location you are at. The weird thing is, it's not a total loss of network connection. In some cases they can still access email, surf the web and we can even remotely connect to them. They don't even truly get booted off the network. Their computer is still registered on aaa.com. The network connection is just changed public network, though under computer and properties you still see computername.aaa.com.

My thinking is that there is a yet unidentified rouge device lingering somewhere on the network but with a total of 22+ locations. It will difficult to track down, and sometimes there are different IPs that take the network over, otherwise I wouldn't be getting different public ne... Read more

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Don't share files, etc. Just for surfing, email.....
For better security, is it best to keep it set to Public Network at all times?
Using Bitdefender Internet Security - set firewall settings to Public there as well?
 
Thanks

A:Public vs. Private Network- Personal Laptop

No one can answer this question for you as it depends on what you want to do on your network.
 
I absolutely want to be able to access all of the computers on my home network and media share between them, so setting my home network to be seen as a public network would not be something I could do.
 
These various settings exist because it is presumed that, if adequate basic security precautions are taken, e.g., you have a strong WiFi password using WPA2 security as well as knowing who can get to your computer(s) and access point, the risk of compromise by the easiest methods are greatly reduced and most people want their machines such that they can share things among them.
 
If you know that you have only one machine on your network or have no interest in any one machine on your network sharing with any other machine(s) on your network then setting the network type to Public may be something you want to do.

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Help! The IRS says I am attempting to transmit my return via Turbo Tax on an unsecured network. This did not happen last year on same computer and network. After spending hours on phone with Turbo Tax, my service provider and my Anti Virus software, everyone
assures me my network is secure and it is the "Public" classification in my computer settings. When I set the computer up last year I specifically remembered selecting "Private" network and I had no problem filing my taxes weeks after I
set up this computer. Now when I attempt to change the network type, (I have tried several ways to do this), the computer freezes when I click that button in settings. Has Windows 10 reset my network to public and locked me out of changing it?

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Hello everyone,

I'm looking for a good tool for tracking internet bandwidth usage for computers on my public and private networks. I have 2 networks VLAN'd off a Cisco 2821. Lately, my internet bandwidth has been getting zapped. I'm curious to find out who the culprits are.

A free program woud be good, but I'm obviously not opposed to paying for a good product.
Sig
 

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Can?t change a publicnetwork to a private one. Tried all posts on what to do - nothing works ? remainspublic. Example ? when in file explorer ? try network ? ?error? need to makenetwork ?accessible click here? which should change to private ? does not work.
A few weeks, ago whenI was trying to connect to a new PC - I ran Microsoft network software ?Fix? that wasoffered by Windows 10 ? problem started then.
Workaround used - turn on ?network discovery? in public network (don?twant to leave this on!).
I am running windows 10 on Fast Ring - build 14332

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When I set this network in place I stated that I wanted it to be private.  When finished the connection showed public.  Not a happy camper.  Have spent the better part of three days trying to figure out what went wrong and how to turn this
into a private network.  Can someone help.

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My wifi network is public and i cant seem to get to the options to make it private. When I go to network/internet wifi i don't get the option to manage known networks. I can get to manage known networks another way but on the wifi network i want to change from public to private, i don't have a properties button to select. i can forget the network but when i reconnect, it doesn't allow me to say whether it is public or private. do i need to change policy settings, uac or something to get the buttons to appear. And I don't want to use home group. Been using shares fro 20 years and don't need all the fluff of home groups. Thanks

A:windows 10 can't change wifi network from public to private

Hello Bruce,

You should be able to use one of the other options in the tutorial to change your network location to private.

Network Location - Set to Private or Public in Windows 10

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Hello,

I have two network adapters in Windows 10 one wifi for connecting to internet and one Ethernet for local network.
I need to configure wifi adapter to public network and Ethernet to private network but i can't.

Inverse it work ( wifi to private and Ethernet to public ) but I don't need that.
(only wifi adapter have option to be discoverable by others pd in Network Settings -> advanced options )


I need to share files by Ethernet AND NOT by wifi.

Any suggestion?

Thank you

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Hi,
Having real problems getting my Dell Vista machine to see the old XP desktop sat next to it. The XP machine does have the LLTD download correctly installed and running, but if I use the Network Map in Vista, I just get "Windows cannot discover any device".
Also, every time I reboot, the network resets itself to Public instead of Private - Why??

Running the Softperfect Netscan on the XP machine always finds the Dell and can open its shared drives. Running it from the Dell, it cannot see the XP machine at all.

Any ideas?
 

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1. Is this a wired or wireless connection issue? A: Both.
2.Internet Service Provider? A: Verizon.
3.What type of Broadband connection are you using? A: DSL.
4. Make and Model of your Modem and Router? A: Modem - Westell 6100G, Router - Linksys E2500.
5. Internet Security/Antivirus? A: ESET Smart Security 4

There are 3 images below of ip configuration for 2 pc's (wired) and 1 laptop (wireless)


I have a desktop pc running Win 7 64bit and I can no longer share files within my "Home Network". Opened "Network and Sharing Center" to check the settings (refer to images) and, under "View Active Networks", it shows my router (Linksys 01) with network location as "Home Network" and I am joined. When I click on "Home Network" to open "Set Network Location" window, It shows that it is in "Public" mode, so I click on "Home Network" and close out the window. Back in "Network and Sharing Center", again it shows "Home Network". Again I click on "Home Network" to check and there it is, in "Public" mode again. In Windows Explorer, (see images) when I click on the Homegroup icon, it just shows "No other homegroup computers are currently available", I'm assuming because it's in "Public" mode. I have no problems accessing the internet though. Downloaded and ran "MSFixit Home Network - 50725", suggested in another thread. No luck with that.
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A:Network Location Stuck In Public Mode

I by no means I'm I a network expert. I do have a thought until a expert comes along.

ESET Smart Security might have public network locked. Their might be a setting in that program you can change.

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I recently, stupidly deleted my C:\users\Public folder and have been trying to replace it, I have tried restoring the file from a previous version, but it has not helped. I have tried multiple fix methods from the Windows website, as well as shell commands and nothing has helped. When I try to update my skype i get the error

Could not access network location %PUBLIC%\Desktop\
Code 1603

If anyone could help me with this I would greatly appreciate it
 

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I have been fighting this problem ever since Windows 7. Every time I try to access my computer from another device on my network, I find I am unable to connect. I go into the Ethernet settings, and see that Make This PC Discoverable is turned off. If I switch it on, go back, and then immediately open the settings again , it is switched off again.
When I look at my Network and Sharing Center, my network is set to Public network.

The only way I've been able to successfully set it to Private and keep the Make This PC Discoverable setting turned on is to change the Category setting in the registry for my network to 1. It works, and I'm able to do whatever it was I wanted to do over the network. But then the next time I want to access my PC from my LAN again, same thing. It is driving me CRAZY!

I have tried all the suggestions I can find, most of which are mentioned here: Network Location - Set to Private or Public in Windows 8
Nothing prevents it from going back to Public again after a while.

This is incredibly frustrating as it completely defeats the purpose of having a local area network!
I am very surpised that I haven't seen more of an outcry about this on the forums, so I'm starting to suspect it's only happening to me, but this is on at least two different PCs across installs of Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. Can anyone help me?

A:Windows will not stop changing my network location to Public

Sorry, probably no one has a solution as it is an ongoing problem with multiple comps and you have googled the heck out of it.

And, yes, it does sound like you may be unique!

So, we are left with some troubleshooting tips.

In really tricky situations like this you need to try to isolate sub systems by testing them independently. And, don't forget, we are dealing with odds!

Firstly, your computer(s). On the face of it the odds are in favour of it not being them as the same really weird condition is unlikely to have got embedded in multiple comps and multiple OS's. But, it would still be good to put one of them onto someone else's network to see what happens.

Next sub system has to be your network setup. Describe in detail how it is configured and what is on it. What does share properly? Is it possibly a network issue rather than a computer one? Can you simplify it to try it out?

This would be my approach but we are all a bit limited by our not knowing the details.

Cheers.

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I have a wireless-G linksys USB network adaptor (2.4 GHz 802.11g) that cannot pick up my wirless network. It is however picking up numerous other networks surrounding my house. Right now I'm using my Toshiba laptop that is connected to the same home network that my linksys adaptor cannot find.

Can anyone offer my any advice as to how to find my wireless network through my USB adaptor hooked up to my desktop computer? I know how to access my router information (Enter 192.168.1.1 for linksys and all that other good stuff) but do not know what exact settings I may needto change in order to have my desktop computer recognize the home network.

Is something perhaps hidden on the router information? Or is my adaptor out of date? Any info would be appreciated. Thank you

A:Why can't my USB wireless adaptor (Desktop Computer) find my wireless network?

Did you follow the manual for the USB wifi adaptor, installing procedures, driver? What happens to the Toshiba laptop's self wifi capability?

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Hello,
I have a Tablet PC with Windows 8 Release Preview installed.
The Tablet PC is equipped with a x86 Intel Atom Z670 processor and the Marvell 88w8787 Wifi/Bluetooth chip.
(Also ref. as AZUREWAVE_AW-NM387 WiFi/Bluetooth)

Previously, Windows 7 installed with wifi connection was working good via the Marvell AVATAR Wireless-N Network Controller (SDIO) - Network adaptor driver installed. File version: 14.57.8025.39, dated: 02/29/2012.

After doing both a upgrade install(keeping Win7 files) and also a CLEAN install of Windows 8 onto this same Tablet PC, my Network Adaptor is stating errors, and not working.

Kindly, how do I go about fixing this problem?

Sincerely, HWayne.
Flatoak Co., Ltd.

A:Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-N Network Controller (SDIO) - Network adaptor

Hello,
I'm still having trouble installing a driver that supports by x86 Intel/Atom Z670 Tablet PC running Windows 8.

The WLAN module inside my Tablet PC is from Azurewave.

To be specific, '88F105-012000 WLAN CARD.AW-NM387..802.11 b/g/n SDIO...W/BLUETOOTH(V3.0)..LEAD-FREE..AZUREWAVE'.

My Tablet PC wifi connection worked OK with Windows 7, but now fails with Windows 8.

Any advice and/or recommendation?

BTW, this is related to the earlier POST: Marvell AVATAR Wireless-N Network Controller (SDIO) - Network adaptor driver installed. File version: 14.57.8025.39, dated: 02/29/2012.

This driver installed and worked for Windows 7, but fails in Windows 8.
This driver is the driver that automatically gets identified by Windows UPDATE for my Tablet PC type.

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hi everyone

my computer keeps disconnecting and I get an error message that tells me that my network wireless adaptor needs resetting,
which I do, this fix lasts a while and then it disconnects again, I have taken the computer back to PC World and they
have put a diagnostic check on it and it says that the adaptor is ok. Can anyone tell me if this can be fixed, if I reset
my computer back to factory settings could this cure the problem.

Regards Calmat

A:network wireless adaptor

It may not be your computer at all, it may be your router. Try unplugging power to the router with the Wifi on it, for 10 seconds, then plug it back in, if your Wifi connection is saved in the Wifi List, it will auto reconnect.

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hello,

on my Samsung Laptop, using Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

The location for the network is now stuck in Public with no option to change it back to Home.
Internet works ok, but the icon of the network says Not connected.

Any way to set this back to Home?

Have tried the Microsoft Fix-It solution to no avail.

Thank you

Jadan
 

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Hello,

I'm at an extended-stay motel, at which the only internet access is wireless.

I'm using Windows 8.1, 64 bit.

My computer connects wirelessly to the internet.

It also connects, via ethernet, to a router - which is connected to an NAS.

The "internet connector" on the router is empty.

[
Very minor issue:

The ethernet-accessible network is named Network 2.

Where did that name come from?

Windows? The router? Can I change it?
]
THE PROBLEM

My problem is, when using a browser (or, presumably, another internet application), the system seems to randomly select a network.

Naturally, selecting the ethernet network fails (unless, of course, I want to talk to the router or the NAS).

RESOLUTION

I want network drive accesses to always use the ethernet network.

I could live with "everything else" always using wireless.

It would be nice if I could configure one browser to use ethernet.

I could then use that browser to "talk to" the router and NAS.

However, I could live with disconnecting my wireless connection when I wanted to talk to the router or NAS.

LAST OPTION
I have have an additional small computer with wireless and ethernet capability, that could access the internet wirelessly, and connect to the router via ethernet.

However, the Microsoft "wireless bridge" documenation states that this should not be done with the internet as the wireless connection, as it gives everyone access to the (no longer) private netw... Read more

A:Wireless to internet, ethernet to private network

Really confused on how all of this has to do with where you are staying.

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I'll keep this short!

I did a clean install of vista home premium on my Compal JFT00 over the weekend and loaded up all the drivers on the supplier's CD for this model.

Since the vista install the notebook cannot seem to find a wireless network adaptor. There's nothing listed for wireless under adaptors on the device manager however there is suddenly an 'unknown device' and when rebooting the machine is finding new hardware...an ethernet adaptor. Putting in the supplier's CD or the vista CD to find the software for this stray ethernet adaptor doesn't work and there's a 'generic marvell yukon' ethernet adaptor listed in the device manager which says it's configured correctly.

Could this unknown adaptor possibly be the wireless adaptor? If so, I'm a bit confused why installing the drivers from the CD isn't working. I've tried downloading and installing the latest Intel and Atheros WAN drivers from the compal site here. it's not worked.

Does anyone have any idea?
 

A:wireless network adaptor problems

Download the latest drivers. Install the chipset, then the LAN, then the WLAN. Then any other needed drivers. See if that helps.
 

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I'm tired of talking to tech support when I usually get better help here. So anyway...
I have this qwest 2wire usb wireless adaptor. And supposedly its just supposed to be just some sort of plug and play type of thing. Every tech I've talked to said that my computer should automatically see that there's an added peice of hardware(which it does). But there's no software for it, my computer is supposed to just detect and promt me for secure log in to Wi-Fi protected access. But all it does is detect the hardware, and then when I go to device manager its under that yellow question mark on Other devices/USB device.

Am I missing a driver for my USB ports? I'm just lost, and qwest tech support doesn't help, just tells me to see my pc manufacturer if its not detecting it, which I don't think is really necessary. Any help would be great.

I'll post my specs just in case it will help.
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System Information
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Time of this report: 10/23/2008, 09:46:42
Machine name: COLDVIPER
Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 1 (2600.xpsp1.020828-1920)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: ASUSTeK Computer INC.
System Model: A7N8X-X
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2600+, ~2.1GHz
Memory: 1024MB RAM
Page File: 233MB used, 2228MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not fou... Read more

A:Wireless network adaptor not working.

I think you need the drivers

and then when I go to device manager its under that yellow question mark on Other devices/USB device.
Click to expand...

The website
http://www.qwest.com/internethelp/networking/homenetwork/adapters.html
talks about the CD
did you get a CD with the device??
otherwise you should see the Exe drives on this site
 

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We've recently switched to wireless broadband and it's working great, easy to set up, fast internet, etc.

Except I think something on the PC is killing off the wireless network adaptors? We plug it in, install the software and set it up, everything is fine and dandy...until someone turns it off! Once the PC has been switched off, it no longer recognises the adaptor, it won't access the internet and can't see that the adaptor is plugged in at all. The USB sockets are working fine.

The first time we took the wireless network adaptor back to PC world and they said it was broken and replaced it, the second time(exact same problem) they said it was fine and didn't replace it.

Where do we go from here? My mother(whose computer it is) seems to think McAfee might be causing the problem because it cries out for updates whenever we switch the computer on(can't update it, no internet), I'm convinced it's the network adaptor, if the first one was broken, maybe it's a faulty batch? Can't run a virus scan as McAfee won't do anything until it's been updated/re-registered. I don't think it's a virus though as nothing else is acting up and we haven't been able to access the internet on that computer for some time ;p

I also tried plugging the adaptor into my ibook to see if it would recognise it and nothing appeared(although I'm pretty sure it's not Mac compatible anyway, but I imagine it should show up?)... Read more

A:PC is killing wireless network adaptor?

the adapter should have a little light on it indicating that it's powered up or active.

i'd try uninstalling the software from the add/remove programs utility in the control panel, and then reinstalling. and try restarting before you try connecting. and maybe unplug the adapter when you turn it off and plug it back in while windows is starting up.

oh, is it an older belkin model? ... you might be able to find an updated software version online. that also might help.

let me know how all that works out!

-never.back.from.mac
 

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Hello, and thanks for taking the time to read here.

My neighbor has an XP operating desktop HP machine. I can't tell you much more about it because it is not mine. He lives directly across the street. I do most of his technical maintenance on his machine, to a point, I'm not a geek, a wannabe possibly but only slightly above the average user. I have been using pc's since 1988. He uses Verizon slow DSL and not only that his pc has been taking up to 4 minutes to boot up. So the other day I thought I'm taking this Linksys USB Wireless adapter over there and using it to access my drive and have the greater speed and access to my files on my computer. BTW, I wanted to use the adapter because his pc has no wireless. And the purpose of my trip across the street was to help this issue with taking up to 4 minutes to boot up.

Now this Linksys adapter was given to me awhile back. I came home, plugged it into my older XP machine and it recognized it, installed it I suppose, do not remember, but it went right on and accepted and used it.

When I plugged it into his it did not work on his XP. It searched the Windows directory for the driver but did not find it. So I went to the internet and found the driver. Downloaded it but it would not install properly. I downloaded it from another site under another file name, it would not install it properly. I am perplexed as it was so easy to use with my XP machines.

Any suggestions why? What to do now? What if I copied the d... Read more

A:USB Wireless Network Adaptor and XP kink!

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Hi

I've recently installed Microsoft XP Professional edition. I used to have a working wireless network adaptor and but now it's missing. I cannot see it under Device Manager. I've seen other posts that suggest updating drivers but if the OS cannot see this hardware how the hell do I make Windows find it?

Can anyone help?

It's a Toshiba laptop. According to Toshiba tech support the wireless network adaptor is an Intel Pro 2915.
 

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Hi,

The internet which I was accessing through wireless, stopped working suddenly on my Compaq Pressario V6000 laptop.I am able to access the wireless internet through one of my Desktop but not through my laptop which proves that the router is fine.The LAN is working fine on the laptop but it does not show any Wireless tab for configuration under the Network connection's menu.

I checked the network adaptors and I am using nVIDEA NFORCE networking controller.I am sure this should be supporting wireless connection.The adaptor is enabled and working fine.

I checked the Wireless button also on the laptop and it is fine,I tried running the HP Wireless Assistant utility but it does not run at all.I do not know how I can re-install it to run.

Now pl. let me know.
1.How can I re-install HP Wireless Assistant?
2.How can I check whether the wireless device is enabled?
3.How can I solve this problem?
 

A:wireless network adaptor problem

Try unistalling the card in the device manager and then rebooting the PC to have Windows reinstall it.

Regards,
Rollin
 

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recently a probelm has occured with my wireless network. I have been using this wireless USB adapter from linksy for about a year with no problems its been quick and stable. but recently ive ran into a massive roadblock. I was playing a game id recently installed (aquired legally on CD) and before i began to play i disconnected from the internet (like id done a hundred times before) so i could free up the connection for other people in my house. when i went to reconnect to the network I got greeted with the message "the capability of your network adapter does not match the requirements of this network". Nothing had been changed in the time i disconnected from the internet and attempted to get back on it. at first I thought maybe the device is failing? because no one else in my house cant access the internet. im typing this from my laptop whilst my primary computer is showing me the error message now. anyway i installed the wireless adaptor and entered in my password to connect to the wireless network I usually do and the thing connects and runs flawlessly. so i retunred to my usual computer and uninstalled everything related to the device all the drivers and settings etc and reinstalled a new. everything is fine until the time comes to enter the password in. I enter the password correctly and then i get greeted with "the capability of your network adapter does not match the requirements of this network" error message only now my network status is stuck at ... Read more

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I wiped clean my IBM T43 laptop. I downloaded all the correct drivers and installed. For some reason teh Wireless Network adaptor is not found. I checked in the configuration and it is enabled. How do I get it to be found so I can use it? It used to work, but I'm sure when I overwrote the C drive it may have removed some components I need.
There is not a network adaptor that shows up in Device Manager for Wireless only the wired.

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i just brought a belkin 802.11g that runs 54mbps, but we i got it to work it, but it displays 11.0 mbps... it;s download speed is only 20k. how do i configure it properly?

btw my router is alos belkin 802.11g but it;s in my basement and my computer is two floors up....(might be a factor). I also heard that by installing sp2 it will make wireless connection run faster, is it true?

specs
p4 3.2
9800xt
512ram
120gb
asus p4c00-e dlx
 

A:configuring wireless network adaptor

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Hello, and thanks for taking the time to read here.

My neighbor has an XP operating desktop HP machine. I can't tell you much more about it because it is not mine. He lives directly across the street. I do most of his technical maintenance on his machine, to a point, I'm not a geek, a wannabe possibly but only slightly above the average user. I have been using pc's since 1988. He uses Verizon slow DSL and not only that his pc has been taking up to 4 minutes to boot up. So the other day I thought I'm taking this Linksys USB Wireless adapter over there and using it to access my drive and have the greater speed and access to my files on my computer. BTW, I wanted to use the adapter because his pc has no wireless. And the purpose of my trip across the street was to help this issue with taking up to 4 minutes to boot up.

Now this Linksys adapter was given to me awhile back. I came home, plugged it into my older XP machine and it recognized it, installed it I suppose, do not remember, but it went right on and accepted and used it.

When I plugged it into his it did not work on his XP. It searched the Windows directory for the driver but did not find it. So I went to the internet and found the driver. Downloaded it but it would not install properly. I downloaded it from another site under another file name, it would not install it properly. I am perplexed as it was so easy to use with my XP machines.

Any suggestions why? What to do now? What if I copied the driver librar... Read more

A:USB Wireless Network Adaptor and XP kink!

Wow, this issue sounds soooo familiar. But I don't recall the resolution, or even if there was one. I put together 15 used Dell WinXP machines last year for a non-profit and there seemed to be one or two out of the group that resisted installing a USB WiFi. Never found a resolution as those could be put to other purposes.

As far as my own computer goes, had difficulty with WiFi PCI cards and USB WiFi but those were always resolved by carefully following the manufacturers installation instructions. Sometimes I would not bother reading and they wouldn't work so I'd have to uninstall and read the manual, then reinstall. Sorry, can't be more help then that.

Hopefully, someone with a better memory will be by soon and notice your thread.

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