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24 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 7 HP unidentified network is public

I posted a reply on a similar topic but figured I'd start a new thread even though it seems this has been discussed a lot.

I have a verizon wireless cell access point. I connect a w7hp pc to it and set it as a home network. I also have a nic in the same w7hp box connected to a local 10/100/1g switch with a bunch of other stuff on it, an xp pc, a ps3, a directtv dvr, and a majicjack. That's my home LAN.

I'm letting the w7hp machine do the dhcp as part of internet connection sharing which mostly works fine. I had to hard set an ip address for the dvr. There's even a registry entry that you can control the dhcp local subnet.

What I'm finding is that with windows 7 home premium even though you can share an internet connection there is no way to change an independent home LAN network to be a "home" location. Because w7hp decides the home LAN is "unidentified" it won't let you change the type and it's stuck as a "public" network. So none of your home computers can talk to the windows 7 computer. They can use the internet but that's about it.

There's a lot of fixes floating around but none seem to correctly fix the problem.

It's not a problem if you have w7pro because you can edit the security settings for unidentified networks and let the admin change them. But I can't even find the security registry entries in w7hp.

Has anyone actually fixed this short of shelling over the money to upgrader to w7pro? Seems to me that w7hp ought to be enough to run a home network. Help!!!

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25 Jan 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium

Update. This particular powerscript Change does change it to a "work" network. I still can't make any changes to it myself though. This fixes file sharing since a work network will permit this. From what I've read the fix has to be reapplied if the network gets recreated.

Sort of a "partial" solution but not exactly the one I was looking for.

I've got another machine on my network running xp pro and I'm sort of leaning towards making it my "ICS" machine to connect the cell access point to my local home lan. Then perhaps the xp hp box will see that the local lan connection has internet access and give me the option to set it as "home".

Also not my ideal solution as I'm assuming eventually I will have no xp machines and will be back revisiting this.
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