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What Should I Have Under Network Connections?

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#1 LightTheSky


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Posted 19 November 2007 - 11:25 PM

This computer has Comcast cable and is connected directly through its Ethernet card. It's not behind a router and isn't part of a network (yet). It's running XP SP2. I was getting Network Connection pop-ups whenever my connection slowed down or timed out. I was able to fix this by selecting "Never dial a connection" under Internet Options > Connections in Control Panel. Then I got to wondering, why do I have anything in Network Connections other than "Local Area Connection"?

With a setup like mine, should I have anything else listed in Network Connections? Currently, I also have "Broadband Connection" and "My ISP" which are listed in the top half of the window. This section is marked as "Broadband" (as opposed to "LAN or High-Speed Internet") and each connection has a description of "WAN Miniport (PPPOE)" under their names. Furthermore, "My ISP" has a Service name of "AOL" which is no longer installed on this PC.

Any input on these connections and recommendations would be appreciated.

One final note: This computer should be free of any malware. It's been scanned with multiple scanners (including HJT) and doesn't show any sign of infection.

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 09:36 AM

Could you upload a screenshot of what your Network Connections screen looks like. Here's a link on how-to post a screenshot: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/2820/how-to-post-a-screenshot/

Did you have DSL as some point in the past? I wonder why you're using the PPPOE protocol with Comcast cable internet.

Are you having any problems with your connections?
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