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Windows 7: Network status stuck on "Identifying..."


18 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Network status stuck on "Identifying..."

I'm trying to connect my machine to a network over (wired) LAN. The connection (including internet) works fine in general, but when I open the "Network and Sharing Center", under "View your active networks" it only says "Identifying..." and the network name never appears. I think it has something to do with the (Cisco) routers not supporting the "Broadcast" flag, but disabling it in the registry didn't help either.

I need to set my network type to home, but in order to do that Windows needs to recognize it first...

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18 Feb 2010   #2

 

I would try resetting the modem and router (while your pc is off)... Then powering on the modem first, waiting for connectivity light... once modem is ready, plug in router... wait till it's active then start your computer.
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18 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

I'm trying to connect to my university's network, so there is no router I can reset.
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18 Feb 2010   #4

 

Ahh gotcha. ok so your internet and file sharing works... but under Center is says identifying?

from the sound of it you did this:
Windows Vista cannot obtain an IP address from certain routers or from certain non-Microsoft DHCP servers

is that correct?
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18 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Yes, exactly. But actually I just saw now that there is a message on that site that reads "Note: This issue does not occur in Windows 7. The registry key DhcpConnEnableBcastFlagToggle is set to 1 by default."

So I guess that would explain why it didn't help me at all.
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18 Feb 2010   #6

 

So i'm confused a bit now. DHCP broadcast flag is now off but toggle is still on, is that correct?
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18 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 

DhcpConnEnableBcastFlagToggle is set to 1, as is (from how I understood that) the default in Windows 7 anyway. This should fix the problem according to MS, but it didn't.

But my problem is also slightly different since I can still obtain an IP address, Windows just can't "identify" the network.
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18 Feb 2010   #8

 

That's weird stuff... Let me look into it a bit. i'll get back to you.
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18 Feb 2010   #9

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Have you tried disabling and re-enabling the NIC?
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18 Feb 2010   #10

Windows 7
 
 

Yeah, I even tried uninstalling the device completely and reinstalling it. No dice.
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