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Windows 7: Internet connection on LAN

23 Apr 2011   #1

WIN 7 Ultimate x64
Internet connection on LAN

I am working on a new Win7 build and have not been able to get an internet connection on my (MSHOME) LAN.

I have a Belkin 4 port router and a DSL modem. Two XP Home computers on my LAN connect OK. The new Win7 has problems.

After assigning a static IP address of to the W7 computer I can share with the XP computers and sign in on the router. (I have not been able to get W7 to share in the DHCP pool. This inability to obtain a DHCP address also happened on a previous W7 build that I aborted due to mobo issues. Their too I had to assign a static IP address.)
AVG Internet Suite firewall network - 2.8 assigned as safe.

I get a network picture of the W7 computer connected to an unknown network (public) and a red X between the network and the internet.

I tried to rename the unknown network "MSHOME" but have been unable to do so. I did not attempt to make a W7 workgroup as I understand it would not work with this OS mixture.

I am just "spinning my wheels" now.
Time to ask for help----please.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Apr 2011   #2


I would suggest that maybe you would be best to reset your Belkin router to "factory defaults" and start the setup again. I have had three Belkin routers and have had to do the reset on a couple of occasions because something in the setup wasnot quite correct. Once you get it setup correctly it should run using DHCP without problem.
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23 Apr 2011   #3

WIN 7 Ultimate x64

That was fast wilywombat. We must be close to the same time zone.

I bricked one mobo and a router with firmware updates. Firmware updates are now a "white knuckle affair" with me.

I hope I do not need a router firmware update to get Win7 computers
to use the DHCP pool.

I will try your suuggestion and report back.

Thanks for your prompt reply.

Regards Jim
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23 Apr 2011   #4

WIN 7 Ultimate x64


Did as you said.
It worked. Win7 computer now obtains Ip dynamically and has LAN and internet connections.
I was going about it too complicated.

Thanks wilywombat!!!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Apr 2011   #5


My pleasure, visit the forums when you can and pick up a few tips. I'm actually in Scotland...not far from you!!
Good Luck and glad to be of help.
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