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changin network from "home" to ""public"

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Jim, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. Jim

    Jim Flightless Bird

    I've just bought a laptop and a wireless router. No problem setting the
    router up, but an online guide to wireless says to change your network type
    from "home" to "public" if you intend to use public wireless spots. I can
    see where I'm set to "home", but can't see how to change it.
    1) How do I do this?
    2) What happens if I leave it set to "public", even at home. I'm usually the
    only user at home, though the kids intend to bring their laptops when they
    visit.

    TIA
     
  2. Tim Slattery

    Tim Slattery Flightless Bird

    "Jim" <nospam@nospam.co.uk> wrote:

    >I've just bought a laptop and a wireless router. No problem setting the
    >router up, but an online guide to wireless says to change your network type
    >from "home" to "public" if you intend to use public wireless spots. I can
    >see where I'm set to "home", but can't see how to change it.


    >1) How do I do this?


    When I connect to a public network, the OS asks this question, and I
    set it at that time.

    >2) What happens if I leave it set to "public", even at home.


    As I understand it, when you tell the OS a network is public, the OS
    will not make your shares available over that net. So if you tell it
    your home network is public, no other computer on your home network
    will be able to see your computer.

    --
    Tim Slattery
    Slattery_T@bls.gov
    http://members.cox.net/slatteryt
     
  3. Michael Walraven

    Michael Walraven Flightless Bird

    When your computer detects a new connection it will offer you the option to
    connect and select which type it is.
    The type is on a connection by connection basis, not just for your computer
    as a whole. So the network it finds at your house should in general be
    'home' one that it finds at a McDonald should be 'public'

    Michael


    "Jim" <nospam@nospam.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:%q5qn.91279$jo6.23164@newsfe14.ams2...
    > I've just bought a laptop and a wireless router. No problem setting the
    > router up, but an online guide to wireless says to change your network
    > type from "home" to "public" if you intend to use public wireless spots. I
    > can see where I'm set to "home", but can't see how to change it.
    > 1) How do I do this?
    > 2) What happens if I leave it set to "public", even at home. I'm usually
    > the only user at home, though the kids intend to bring their laptops when
    > they visit.
    >
    > TIA
    >
    >
     
  4. Jim

    Jim Flightless Bird

    "Michael Walraven" <mexxwalraven@verizon.not> wrote in message
    news:hoauv6$8ar$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    > When your computer detects a new connection it will offer you the option
    > to connect and select which type it is.
    > The type is on a connection by connection basis, not just for your
    > computer as a whole. So the network it finds at your house should in
    > general be 'home' one that it finds at a McDonald should be 'public'
    >
    > Michael
    >
    >
    > "Jim" <nospam@nospam.co.uk> wrote in message
    > news:%q5qn.91279$jo6.23164@newsfe14.ams2...
    >> I've just bought a laptop and a wireless router. No problem setting the
    >> router up, but an online guide to wireless says to change your network
    >> type from "home" to "public" if you intend to use public wireless spots.
    >> I can see where I'm set to "home", but can't see how to change it.
    >> 1) How do I do this?
    >> 2) What happens if I leave it set to "public", even at home. I'm usually
    >> the only user at home, though the kids intend to bring their laptops when
    >> they visit.
    >>
    >> TIA
    >>
    >>


    Thanks for the replies; nothing I read told me that - probably one of the
    things the authors thought were so obvious they didn't need mention it,

    Jim
     
  5. SC Tom

    SC Tom Flightless Bird

    To hijack this thread somewhat:
    I set up a new notebook and it found my wireless router. When asked where I
    wanted this connection, without thinking, I set it as "Home." I was unable
    to connect to the internet through the router then, although the NB had
    picked up an IP address from the router (acting as a DHCP server). I tried
    deleting the network from the notebook, rebooted, and it found the same
    SSID, but not as a new network, so therefore didn't give me the option of
    Home or Public. I deleted it again, renamed the network, and rebooted the
    notebook. This time it found the new name and allowed me to select the
    option of Public, after which I was able to access the internet and email
    accounts just fine.
    My question is, was there a better, easier, or shorter way to change it
    without creating a new SSID? In other words, is there a way to change it
    from Home to Public easily?
    --
    SC Tom

    "Michael Walraven" <mexxwalraven@verizon.not> wrote in message
    news:hoauv6$8ar$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    > When your computer detects a new connection it will offer you the option
    > to connect and select which type it is.
    > The type is on a connection by connection basis, not just for your
    > computer as a whole. So the network it finds at your house should in
    > general be 'home' one that it finds at a McDonald should be 'public'
    >
    > Michael
    >
    >
    > "Jim" <nospam@nospam.co.uk> wrote in message
    > news:%q5qn.91279$jo6.23164@newsfe14.ams2...
    >> I've just bought a laptop and a wireless router. No problem setting the
    >> router up, but an online guide to wireless says to change your network
    >> type from "home" to "public" if you intend to use public wireless spots.
    >> I can see where I'm set to "home", but can't see how to change it.
    >> 1) How do I do this?
    >> 2) What happens if I leave it set to "public", even at home. I'm usually
    >> the only user at home, though the kids intend to bring their laptops when
    >> they visit.
    >>
    >> TIA
    >>
    >>
     
  6. Joel

    Joel Flightless Bird

    "SC Tom" <sc@tom.net> wrote:

    >To hijack this thread somewhat:
    >I set up a new notebook and it found my wireless router. When asked where I
    >wanted this connection, without thinking, I set it as "Home." I was unable
    >to connect to the internet through the router then, although the NB had
    >picked up an IP address from the router (acting as a DHCP server). I tried
    >deleting the network from the notebook, rebooted, and it found the same
    >SSID, but not as a new network, so therefore didn't give me the option of
    >Home or Public. I deleted it again, renamed the network, and rebooted the
    >notebook. This time it found the new name and allowed me to select the
    >option of Public, after which I was able to access the internet and email
    >accounts just fine.
    >My question is, was there a better, easier, or shorter way to change it
    >without creating a new SSID? In other words, is there a way to change it
    >from Home to Public easily?



    Network and Sharing Center will have "Home network" as a link under
    the SSID - click it, and you can change it to Work network or Public
    network.

    That having been said, though, it is curious that you couldn't use
    Home network. I use it for all our Win7 computers.

    --
    Joel Crump
     
  7. Char Jackson

    Char Jackson Flightless Bird

    On Tue, 23 Mar 2010 20:11:36 -0400, Joel <joelcrump@gmail.com> wrote:

    >"SC Tom" <sc@tom.net> wrote:
    >
    >>To hijack this thread somewhat:
    >>I set up a new notebook and it found my wireless router. When asked where I
    >>wanted this connection, without thinking, I set it as "Home." I was unable
    >>to connect to the internet through the router then, although the NB had
    >>picked up an IP address from the router (acting as a DHCP server). I tried
    >>deleting the network from the notebook, rebooted, and it found the same
    >>SSID, but not as a new network, so therefore didn't give me the option of
    >>Home or Public. I deleted it again, renamed the network, and rebooted the
    >>notebook. This time it found the new name and allowed me to select the
    >>option of Public, after which I was able to access the internet and email
    >>accounts just fine.
    >>My question is, was there a better, easier, or shorter way to change it
    >>without creating a new SSID? In other words, is there a way to change it
    >>from Home to Public easily?

    >
    >
    >Network and Sharing Center will have "Home network" as a link under
    >the SSID - click it, and you can change it to Work network or Public
    >network.
    >
    >That having been said, though, it is curious that you couldn't use
    >Home network. I use it for all our Win7 computers.


    Agreed. Both 'network types' should be equally capable of accessing
    the Internet.
     
  8. SC Tom

    SC Tom Flightless Bird

    "Joel" <joelcrump@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:k3miq5h0c5fnu8a32dkfmu1i1kqiknrv94@4ax.com...
    > "SC Tom" <sc@tom.net> wrote:
    >
    >>To hijack this thread somewhat:
    >>I set up a new notebook and it found my wireless router. When asked where
    >>I
    >>wanted this connection, without thinking, I set it as "Home." I was unable
    >>to connect to the internet through the router then, although the NB had
    >>picked up an IP address from the router (acting as a DHCP server). I tried
    >>deleting the network from the notebook, rebooted, and it found the same
    >>SSID, but not as a new network, so therefore didn't give me the option of
    >>Home or Public. I deleted it again, renamed the network, and rebooted the
    >>notebook. This time it found the new name and allowed me to select the
    >>option of Public, after which I was able to access the internet and email
    >>accounts just fine.
    >>My question is, was there a better, easier, or shorter way to change it
    >>without creating a new SSID? In other words, is there a way to change it
    >>from Home to Public easily?

    >
    >
    > Network and Sharing Center will have "Home network" as a link under
    > the SSID - click it, and you can change it to Work network or Public
    > network.
    >
    > That having been said, though, it is curious that you couldn't use
    > Home network. I use it for all our Win7 computers.
    >
    > --
    > Joel Crump


    Well, duh, you know, I saw that, but never tried to change it.
    I changed it to Home, and sure enough, it works just fine, even though it
    says IPv6 is not enabled (it is enabled). I tried Work and it connects fine
    also. Got me why it didn't work before on the Home setting but it seems to
    have healed itself.
    Thanks!
    --
    SC Tom
     
  9. SC Tom

    SC Tom Flightless Bird

    "Char Jackson" <none@none.invalid> wrote in message
    news:gspiq5h7s4ddgni1076homh94n17cbc1l5@4ax.com...
    > On Tue, 23 Mar 2010 20:11:36 -0400, Joel <joelcrump@gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    >>"SC Tom" <sc@tom.net> wrote:
    >>
    >>>To hijack this thread somewhat:
    >>>I set up a new notebook and it found my wireless router. When asked where
    >>>I
    >>>wanted this connection, without thinking, I set it as "Home." I was
    >>>unable
    >>>to connect to the internet through the router then, although the NB had
    >>>picked up an IP address from the router (acting as a DHCP server). I
    >>>tried
    >>>deleting the network from the notebook, rebooted, and it found the same
    >>>SSID, but not as a new network, so therefore didn't give me the option of
    >>>Home or Public. I deleted it again, renamed the network, and rebooted the
    >>>notebook. This time it found the new name and allowed me to select the
    >>>option of Public, after which I was able to access the internet and email
    >>>accounts just fine.
    >>>My question is, was there a better, easier, or shorter way to change it
    >>>without creating a new SSID? In other words, is there a way to change it
    >>>from Home to Public easily?

    >>
    >>
    >>Network and Sharing Center will have "Home network" as a link under
    >>the SSID - click it, and you can change it to Work network or Public
    >>network.
    >>
    >>That having been said, though, it is curious that you couldn't use
    >>Home network. I use it for all our Win7 computers.

    >
    > Agreed. Both 'network types' should be equally capable of accessing
    > the Internet.
    >

    As a follow-up to my last post, when I shut my notebook down and took it
    over to my SO's house and turned it back on, it wouldn't find her network at
    all. It was listed in my wireless networks, but didn't show up as an
    available connection. I had to delete it from my wireless connections, shut
    the notebook down, rename the SSID, then boot back up. Then it found the
    network and connected. I should have left well enough alone LOL! I'll see
    what it does back at my house now. I'm thinking I'll have to go through this
    again :-(
    --
    SC Tom
     

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