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Doubt about the network icons!!

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#1 gupta.vijay


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Posted 03 October 2010 - 01:31 AM

I have Compaq Laptop with Windows 7.

I have a very basic query: When I go to "Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections" , there are different network icons with different labels (below):

1) Bluetooth Network Connection (Bluetooth Device written below it)
2) BSNL (Mobile Connector written below it)
3) Local Area Connection (Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller written below it)
4) Wireless Network Connection (Broadcom 802.11bg WLAN written below it)
5) Wireless Network Connection 2 (Microsoft Virtual Wi Fi Miniport Access written below it)

These icons cannot be deleted as these give validation message on trying to deleting.
I have 2 queries:

1) what are these icons and what do they signify?
2) why am I not able to delete these icons?

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#2 gavinseabrook


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Posted 10 October 2010 - 10:55 PM

Bluetooth network: If you have any bluetooth devices (wireless mice/pointers/ect)
BSNL: Mobile Broadband connection (3g cellular internet option usually on Netbooks)
Local Area Connection: Wired Network Port to hook up your computer to a router/switch
Wireless Broadcom: Your computers Wireless Network Card
Wireless Microsoft: Usually used for ADHOC networking or other misc wifi connections.

They just show you what options you have. Most times you will only used Local Area Connection and Wireless (Broadcom).
You cant remove them because they are system devices. They will always be there. They wont harm your computer and they wont use any extra power from just being there. Leave them alone!

Gavin Seabrook


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