2006-09-26 23:13:01 UTC
connected to Comcast internet (directly, not through a router) and the other
is connected to a small home LAN with Vonage and a couple of other devices on
it. I use ICS through my home PC to let my home lan devices access the
When I install Vista RC1, the Internet works fine. But my home network
shows up as "Unidentified network". I can change it to Private, but I can't
rename it to Home LAN - the name Unidentified Network is read-only.
When I try to turn on file or printer sharing, I get a popup that asks
whether I want to set my network to be private or turn on sharing for public
networks. I don't want to do either! I want to turn on sharing for my home
lan AKA the Unidentified Network (already private), but I can't do this.
Another strange symptom is that the diagram at the top of the network and
sharing center says my pc->(multiple networks)->Internet. This is wrong and
if I look at the two networks listed below, only the Internet network says
Local and Internet - the Unidentified Network is local only.
The embedded 3com chipset behind my home LAN has drivers loaded, apparently
correctly - I can ping the other devices on my home network just fine. But
something is obviously wrong.
Does anybody know what Unidentified network means? Are there any setting
changes I can try or any useful guides I can read on Technet or someplace
that might help me get to the bottom of this?
I'd hate to see Vista go Gold with this sort of problem. I submitted a bug
report but that's a write-only mechanism, so I'm looking for advice in this
Thanks for any help you can give me.