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Windows 7: Computer and Media Devices - Network Categories

21 Oct 2009   #1
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 
Computer and Media Devices - Network Categories

Does anyone know why in my Network screen, my actual machine is noted as a Media Device, whereas the other machines on my network comes under Computer?

The other machines's Workgroup is WORKGROUP, amd the actual machine's workgroup is Unidentified Network.


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21 Oct 2009   #2
Iomegaman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
 
 

Does your computer show up as a Computer as well as a Media Device?

It's showing up as a Media Device as you have media sharing switched on. I'm not a Media expert, but would imagine this is through Media Player or Windows Media Centre.

If it is showing up as a Media Centre but not as a Computer, I would imagine that you have either got Network Discovery set not to auto-discover, apart from media devices. Or, a software firewall installed that is blocking browsing computers, but allowing media sharing.
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21 Oct 2009   #3
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

IIRC media sharing is a Homegroup setting.
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21 Oct 2009   #4
Iomegaman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
 
 

Yes it is


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21 Oct 2009   #5
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Iomegaman View Post
Does your computer show up as a Computer as well as a Media Device?

It's showing up as a Media Device as you have media sharing switched on. I'm not a Media expert, but would imagine this is through Media Player or Windows Media Centre.

If it is showing up as a Media Centre but not as a Computer, I would imagine that you have either got Network Discovery set not to auto-discover, apart from media devices. Or, a software firewall installed that is blocking browsing computers, but allowing media sharing.
Nope, it's just under Media Devices. All my media streaming was set to Allow. I tested setting them to All disabled and the machine is not listed at all.
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21 Oct 2009   #6
Iomegaman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
 
 

What location have you got your network connection set to? i.e. Public, Work, or Home?

Tom
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21 Oct 2009   #7
Iomegaman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
 
 

Also, as another thought - have you got iTunes or something similar installed on your machine?

I've known the iTunes service to cause a machine to display as a media device in network browsing before.

Tom
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21 Oct 2009   #8
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

I hate testing settings, now my machine is show in both categories.
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21 Oct 2009   #9
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Iomegaman View Post
What location have you got your network connection set to? i.e. Public, Work, or Home?

Tom
Home - Pictures, Music, Videos and Printers ticket.

itunes removed.
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21 Oct 2009   #10
Iomegaman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
 
 

Showing in both categories is normal. This isn't a problem.

Your machine is acting as a computer for sharing files etc accross the network, but also has media device sharing capability - hence it is showing under both categories. I wouldn't worry too much about this.

Both of my W7 machines show up under both categories and it doesn't bother me even though I don't use them at all for any media work.
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