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Windows 7: Unidentified Network when setting IP address to static - solution!

04 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional
Unidentified Network when setting IP address to static - solution!

Finally found a solution to my static IP issue. Whenever I would set my IP to static, the network would become Unidentified. To get the network back to Home I would change to DHCP, then back to static. After waking the computer up from Sleep mode it would go back to Unidentified. Since it didn't prevent me from doing anything I just gave up on it.
Today, on a whim, I re-enabled IPv6 on the Local Area Connection and, instantly, the network was Home again.

TLDNR - enable IPv6 to fix Unidentified Network when using a static IP address

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04 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

Thanks for reminding us all that disabling IPv6 is not very wise, here is more information about IPv6 and what it does.

The Argument against Disabling IPv6

It is unfortunate that some organizations disable IPv6 on their computers running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008, where it is installed and enabled by default. Many disable IPv6-based on the assumption that they are not running any applications or services that use it. Others might disable it because of a misperception that having both IPv4 and IPv6 enabled effectively doubles their DNS and Web traffic. This is not true.
From Microsoft's perspective, IPv6 is a mandatory part of the Windows operating system and it is enabled and included in standard Windows service and application testing during the operating system development process. Because Windows was designed specifically with IPv6 present, Microsoft does not perform any testing to determine the effects of disabling IPv6. If IPv6 is disabled on Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, or later versions, some components will not function. Moreover, applications that you might not think are using IPv6—such as Remote Assistance, HomeGroup, DirectAccess, and Windows Mail—could be.
Therefore, Microsoft recommends that you leave IPv6 enabled, even if you do not have an IPv6-enabled network, either native or tunneled. By leaving IPv6 enabled, you do not disable IPv6-only applications and services (for example, HomeGroup in Windows 7 and DirectAccess in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are IPv6-only) and your hosts can take advantage of IPv6-enhanced connectivity.

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05 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional

Scratch that. As soon as I restarted, Unidentified Network is back. How hard could it be for MS to allow a static IP on the Home Network?
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05 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

Windows doesn't have any problems using static IP's far as I know.

If you can post a screen shot of your ipconfig/all here it would be most helpful.
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07 Nov 2012   #5

Windows 2008 64
Same Problem

I'm having the same problem here. Did Jaycube ever find a solution?
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17 Aug 2014   #6
Tricky Dicky


I have the same issue, as soon as I change the IP to static it goes as Unidentified-Public ; attached the ipconfig /all
I need static IP - private ..
Does anyone have solution?

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