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Windows 7: how to make the router icon appear

13 Nov 2011   #11
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Is there actually a switch between your PC and the router? If yes can you bypass it and connect directly to your router?


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13 Nov 2011   #12
t1a2l

windows 7 ultimate x32
 
 

no there isn't, my pc is connected with a cable directly to the wireless router, while the other computers (laptops) are connected wireless to the router.
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13 Nov 2011   #13
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

OK, that makes one wonder why your PC thinks there is one there? I think I might switch ports on the router and see what happens. Oh, and as far as I know, you shouldn't have to do anything to Windows 7 to make it show your router in the network window. As long as the router is UPNP able and its enabled that is.
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13 Nov 2011   #14
t1a2l

windows 7 ultimate x32
 
 

i switch a port once in a while. but i think that every computer that i will plug to the router will show the switch.
and what update i need to install for my printer to be showen on the network map?
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14 Nov 2011   #15
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

I don't think the switch icon being shown between your PC and router is normal. I have seen it here at home once. It's not there now and I don't remember what caused it to show up, or go away again. I was having network problems at the time though, or I wouldn't have noticed it at all.
How is your printer networked? I have a couple of printers shared on my network that are connected to my PC and they don't show up in my network window. They only show up in the Devices and Printers window.
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