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Windows 7: Three network connections ?

20 Sep 2010   #1
mistermouse

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Three network connections ?

Hi Gang, can anyone tell me why I have three connections shown in network connections. The first two I know are my Ethernet and Wireless connections but the third is a mystery, it is "Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter". all I need to know is if this should be there and if it's all OK. Thanks in advance for any help.


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20 Sep 2010   #2
BCXtreme

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

The WiFi Miniport Adapter is a Windows 7 feature that allows a computer to connect to multiple wireless networks simultaneously. It's part of your wireless driver. So yeah, it's perfectly fine that it's there!
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20 Sep 2010   #3
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mistermouse View Post
Hi Gang, can anyone tell me why I have three connections shown in network connections. The first two I know are my Ethernet and Wireless connections but the third is a mystery, it is "Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter". all I need to know is if this should be there and if it's all OK. Thanks in advance for any help.
The link below explains how the wifi mini port adaptor works and how to use it to set up an AP. You can disable the mini port adaptor if you don't need it.

How to: Create Wireless Hosted Networks in Windows 7 - www.wi-fiplanet.com
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22 Sep 2010   #4
mistermouse

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

OK thanks to both of you, as long as there is nothing wrong then I shall just leave well alone.
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22 Sep 2010   #5
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

If you start seeing DNS errors then the virtual mini port is the most likely cause. You would want to disable it in those cases.
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23 Sep 2010   #6
mistermouse

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks chev65, if I have any problems I will get back to you.
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