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Vista laptop has local only access on home network

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#1 puryears


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Posted 18 May 2010 - 08:31 PM

I just upgraded to cable internet from DSL. I installed a DOCSIS 3.0 modem and a wireless N router. My Windows XP laptop had no problem with the change, however my Windows Vista laptop now sees my home network as a public network and only allows local access (no internet access). If I attach an ethernet cable between the Vista machine and the router, it allows access to the internet with no problem. I took the Vista laptop to another wireless network (my inlaws) and the Vista laptop connected to the internet.
I've cycled power on the cable modem, router, and laptop several times. I've disabled, enabled, removed, and reconnected to the wireless network several times. I've poured through several old forum posts and none of those solutions have worked for me. Does anyone have any idea what I need to do so that my Vista laptop can connect to the internet via my new wireless N router?

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 11:34 PM

If you right click the network Icon in your system tray you will see Network and sharing center.

once you click this you'll see Public Network in the middle of your screen, below where it says View your active networks there is a blue link next to it. Click this and another window will open, with three choices you can click.




Click HOME and it will change it from PUBLIC to HOME.

Now your internet will be like it is on your Windows XP machine.
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Posted 19 May 2010 - 05:51 PM

I opened the Network and Sharing Center as instructed above, but your instructions do not match what I am seeing in Windows Vista. The following is displayed in the Network and Sharing Center

Unidentified network (Public Network) Customize
Access Local only
Connection Wireless Network Connection View Status
Signal strength: Excellent Disconnect

The words on the right are hyperlinks and by selecting customize it opens the "set network location" menu where I can select the location type as either Public or Private. Unfortunately, selecting "private" does nothing to improve connectivity to the internet.

IN the Network and Sharing Center there is also an image of a computer with a connection line to "unidentified network" and another line leading to a globe for the internet, however there is a red X over this line to the internet.

Clicking the red X previously mentioned starts the Windows Network Diagnostics, which runs for approximately a minute and then indicates
"Your modem or router is not available". There are 3 suggeted solutions:
1. Cycle power on the modem
2. Automatically get new IP settings for the network adapter
3. Rest the network adapter

Sadly, none of the 3 above solutions corrects the lack of connectivity to the internet.

Any other ideas???

Edited by puryears, 19 May 2010 - 07:59 PM.

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 08:32 AM

I know it worked at another place but have you removed the wireless drivers and software, rebooted and reinstalled with new drivers? Just curious

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