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Windows Vista Shows a Switch on Network Map

Why does my network map in Vista show a switch between a laptop and a router, there no physical switch there? Why doesn't it show on the other laptop thats also running vista? What is this switch? Can I get rid of this switch on the network map? Is this some sort of virtual switch or firewall?

Edward lll
Thu, 27 Jan 2011 17:38:02 +0000

I'm not sure what you are talking about. Show us a screen shot of this "switch".

Try taking a screen shot using this method if you don't know how to grab a screen shot:
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Chieh Cheng
Thu, 27 Jan 2011 17:59:22 +0000

This is what it looks like, it doesn't identify itself in any way that I know of.

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Edward lll
Fri, 28 Jan 2011 18:33:25 +0000

How do you connect your two laptops to the router? Are they using wireless network connection? Or are they connected via a Ethernet cable directly to the router?

Chieh Cheng
Sat, 29 Jan 2011 02:27:36 +0000

The one that shows no switch is usually wireless. The one that shows a switch is sometimes used wireless and sometimes used via a ethernet cable, and was wireless when the switch was discovered and shown to me my someone else on the same private network.

Edward lll
Sat, 29 Jan 2011 17:21:17 +0000

I have it here too... The common thread is that the switch appears on the wired computer heading into a wireless router....

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