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01 Mar 2013   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium

I am using the Cisco Linksys Wireless N Router, WRT120N and yes using it with a KEY. While using it, I have no other computers showing up in my network. I just was curious why when I not use the wireless router and just plug the cat5 cable straight from the fiber switch I show a bunch of computers that I do not know.

I do thank each one of you for your help comments.

N4TUX Boyd

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01 Mar 2013   #12

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

The reason why you see your neighbor's computers when connected one way and the reason why you don't see them when connected another way is because of the Network Address Translation (NAT) that happens when you are connecting thru a router that has this NAT feature turned on.

I've posted two links in post #2.
I posted them again in post #5.
You have not mentioned anything about those links.
Did you visit them?

How NATs protect you and how they work has been explained in many places on the internet, but I could not find a link to an article that explained NATs well - without getting too deep - so I posted the links mentioned above. Maybe others in this thread can explain it to you or have a better link to point you to.
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01 Mar 2013   #13
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

UsernameIssues You gave plenty of good information. It's only works if the OP reads them. I will make it simple.
If the OP can see other computers, other computers can see his computer. This is completely unsafe. Hope all these post helps you N4TUX.
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02 Mar 2013   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium

I am using the Cisco Linksys Wireless N Router, WRT120N and yes using it with a KEY. I don't know what else to do. I keep NO banking or personal information on my hard drive partitions. I have all important files or passwords on usb flash drives only. I have 3 usb flash drives identical incase 1 goes bad. I keep them in a fire safe bolted to the floor.

So what else do you suggest?

I do thank each and all for your help.

N4TUX Boyd
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03 Mar 2013   #15

Windows 8 Pro x64

As long as you are behind a router, you are fine.
If you want to be plugged in, the router has four network ports on it. Connect to this.
Otherwise your wireless will work in an identical manner, just without the cable plugged in.

Good luck!
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04 Mar 2013   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium

Thank you for your comment. For the most, I too think I should be fine too. WE ALL know, they are NO 100% secure anything.

Again thank all here that have commented.

God bless...

N4TUX Boyd
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