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Windows 7: Computers identify different network?

06 Feb 2015   #1
badspell68

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Computers identify different network?

All my computers are on the same network (some wired and some wireless) but they show that they're attached to a different network. This is indicated by the name of the "little house" in the network diagram.

What is going on?




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06 Feb 2015   #2
ShoTTaS

Windows 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

That house is your home network, doesn't your other devices have the same name?
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06 Feb 2015   #3
badspell68

Windows 7
 
 

No - there are two other names indicated on the small house on each separate computer.


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06 Feb 2015   #4
badspell68

Windows 7
 
 

The "I-HATE-NJ-AND-NYC" is the only one I have.

This is a picture of the whole network layout (I only have one switch...confused on that point):


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06 Feb 2015   #5
ShoTTaS

Windows 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

I am guessing you have created two home group on you network, you can follow this tutorial: Homegroup - Create then lets see if your little house will have the same name.
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06 Feb 2015   #6
badspell68

Windows 7
 
 

Checked, there is only one. I'm thinking each device(switch, router) may have its own identity? The Homegroup instructions state that a Homegroup will not work if a network has more then one name/network. But, I don't know what would account for the third name, I only have one router and one switch.
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06 Feb 2015   #7
badspell68

Windows 7
 
 

I just saw this and it is very confusing. The Vaio Laptop's network layout is in the picture below. I have Fios and I think the Verizon router has an internal switch, so in addition to my external switch I'm seeing the routers internal switch? But, I still have no idea why I have three network names.

Anyone know what is going on?


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08 May 2015   #8
badspell68

Windows 7
 
 

This is still driving me NUTS. Is these any way to delet all the home-group settings and find the other network?
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08 May 2015   #9
badspell68

Windows 7
 
 

Any Ideas?
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08 May 2015   #10
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

See this tutorial by Brink:
Network Name and Icon - Change
You can try the Merge or delete network locations on the page where you can change the name.
I'm not sure what it does, i never used it.

I also found this:
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There is variety of "Names" involving the Network aspects of the OS.
It comes from the Group name, Computer name, Wireless SSID, Router's Network Name, Network name, the Local Area Connection name, and the ID of the Local Network Connection.
All but the latter can be easily Renamed.
By default Windows assigns to the connection name “Local Area Connection 1”, and every time a change is made, it advances the number.
Source: Wireless Network "name" mislabeled as "name 2" - Microsoft Community
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