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  1. Posts : 248
    Win 10 Pro 64
       #1

    Network name incorrect


    I had a Linksys router E1200 with LAN ports and WiFi 2.4 G that worked fine for years. A few months ago I needed to improve it to give more more features and chose a Linksys WRT3200ACM MU-MIMO that also includes 5GHz WiFi. Setup using the Linksys online method was more complicated but I got it configured easily enough. The end result was a router with all four LAN ports connected and several devices spread over both 2.4G and 5G WiFi networks

    I copied most of the settings from the old to the new router so that I had very little problem getting them all active on the local network and the internet.

    I took advantage of the extra capabilities by changing my ISP's fibrenet speed from the basic 20M/20M I had been using to 200M/200M. The change went smoothly although the modem box had to be changed to work at the faster speed.

    After a couple of weeks I rechecked the speed using the built-in Win 10 (1909) Speedtest but found that although the speed was higher it was around 64/64 up to 92/92 at times. After some toing and froing with their help desk I realised that my 3 year old desktops LAN port was a 100M max type! A surprise! But it explained why I couldn't get to the speed I was promised. Trying the same test on an old desktop gave much better results as the port on that 11 year old model was a 2G type. So now I knew that the fibre was able to provide the high speed I had ordered.

    As final check I plugged in a WiFi module I had lying around that was capable of 300M and also using the 5G frequency. With the LAN port disabled the desktop and the router happily worked together and achieved rates up to 180M. I removed the WiFi module and enabled the LAN port to get the overall configuration back where it was with the thought that I would look for a 2G LAN card to install later.

    But that was when it got strange! Now instead of showing that the desktop is connected to the router with its name of CLAN it shows the internet connection via the WLAN5 WiFi channel. That obviously isn't possible as the Wifi module has been physically removed from its USB port!

    The internet connection has to be via the RJ45 LAN sockets and cable - that is all there still is on this desktop now. BUT, I cannot find any way of telling the Win 10 Pro OS that simple fact. I cannot even rename the connection or discover the correct network. On the Network and sharing centre the only ones listed are the two WiFi network names - the basic router name which accesses the LAN ports isn't there.

    There must(?) be some place where it still should appear. Or is there?
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  2. Posts : 6,907
    windows 10
       #2

    Open a cmd prompt type

    Ipconfig /all

    Post results its possible its just remembered the wireless name
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  3. Posts : 248
    Win 10 Pro 64
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Samuria said:
    Open a cmd prompt type

    Ipconfig /all

    Post results its possible its just remembered the wireless name
    I also considered a fake memory! But didn't know where to look. Presumably somewhere in the registry?
    I tried your suggestion and the results don't give the router name - see below. (Or shall I make a screenshot?)
    Tried it on the other desktop cabled to the router and that didn't show the name either.

    Windows IP Configuration Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : LENOVO2019 Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . : Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : waoo.dkEthernet adapter Ethernet: Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : waoo.dk Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 4C-CC-6A-1C-48-E1 DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::301f:82ed:3250:1a6d%4(Preferred) IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 10.124.228.134(Preferred) Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0 Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : 08 June 2020 11:16:52 Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : 09 June 2020 11:17:16 Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 10.124.228.142 DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 10.124.228.142 DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 290245738 DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-23-8F-A4-E8-4C-CC-6A-1C-48-E1 DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 10.124.228.142 NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled Connection-specific DNS Suffix Search List : waoo.dkEthernet adapter Bluetooth Network Connection 3: Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network) #3 Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1A-7D-DA-71-05 DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
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  4. Posts : 4,172
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Latest RP
       #4

    It is perfectly possible to set the Ethernet and the WiFi SSID to the same name, this may be what is causing your confusion ....

    This is actually often a standard in commercial setups with multiple routers. with this type of setup you can intermediately see the router that a device is connected to. There is an additional option that can be of even more use, Name the router to Router1 To Router.n, which will show which physical router a wired connection is connected to, you then add a suffix of _2.4 or _5.0 to the SSID of the WiFi of the router which would show that the connection is wireless and also the bandwidth used -

    Router1 will be a wired connection
    Router1_2.4 will be a 2.4 GHz wireless connection
    Router1_5.0 will be a 5.0 GHz wireless connection
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  5. Posts : 3,931
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #5

    @Snugglebugs -

    Let me understand this correctly.

    You are now not on wireless - ethernet only from your PC to the Router?

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  6. Posts : 248
    Win 10 Pro 64
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Barman58

    Yes that is exactly what I have done.

    The main router name is CLAN (cabled Local Area Network)'
    2.4 G Wifi is WLAN (Wireless LAN - the name I had always used before I got this latest router)
    5 G Wifi is WLAN5.

    It is only on the Win 10 desktop that I get the physical port now showing the name of a WiFi port!

    See screenshot after clicking on the Internet icon in the bottom bar.

    In the meantime I have opened regedit and set it to find any instances of WLAN5. So far I have found one which I also attach. I will leave it finding to see if there are any more.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Compumind wrote:

    "You are now not on wireless - ethernet only from your PC to the Router?"

    Exactly.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Network name incorrect-router-1.jpg   Network name incorrect-router-2.jpg  
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  7. Posts : 3,931
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #7

    @Snugglebugs -

    I would first create a complete, restorable backup image of your entire system and then try this:

    Reset Network Adapters in Windows 10

    Turn off your router before doing this.
    Then shutdown (off) your PC and power-cycle your router. Once the router initializes, start your PC.

    Thanks.

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  8. Posts : 168
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1
       #8

    I have an older Dell laptop with a 5 GHz nic. About two years ago, I replaced my very old wireless g router with a new 2.4/5 GHz AC router.

    The first time I connected the laptop via the 5 GHz connection, the Laptop assigned the 5 GHz SSID as the name of both the Ethernet and the wireless connections. I thought this was odd behavior indeed.

    I'm posting this to show that it's not a Windows 10 phenomenon.

    JackHughs
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  9. Posts : 248
    Win 10 Pro 64
    Thread Starter
       #9

    More screenshots that might help to understand!


    I have been collecting everything I can find on the setup. I have some screenshots to illustrate my findings.
    I have also found all the references in the registry that seem to be relevant, that is, any that include the various network names i listed earlier. I can upload screenshots of those if necessary, but not confuse this message with another 6 or so screenshots today!

    The first and most obvious possibility is that the device manager still shows the WiFi USB adapter but as not working.
    I will remove that first. The second possibility is the hidden menu under Network Connections called Advanced Settings. I am not at all sure what those three items mean, but it looks like the router might need to be in there somewhere?

    Tony

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    JackHughs said:
    I have an older Dell laptop with a 5 GHz nic. About two years ago, I replaced my very old wireless g router with a new 2.4/5 GHz AC router.

    The first time I connected the laptop via the 5 GHz connection, the Laptop assigned the 5 GHz SSID as the name of both the Ethernet and the wireless connections. I thought this was odd behavior indeed.

    I'm posting this to show that it's not a Windows 10 phenomenon.

    JackHughs
    Does it still do that? If not, how did you cure it?

    Tony

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    First, to Jack Hughes:
    Sounds like a problem with the accompanying metadata in the 5GHz network not being used somewhere.
    Does it still do that in your setup? If not, how did you cure it?

    In my registry I found a mention of the incorrect network name under the key FriendlyName.
    Elsewhere in this forum I found this thread - Trying to change 'FriendlyName' in registry
    Sadly, the similar/same problem was never solved!

    Second, in my Device manager I switched to show hidden devices and found that the WiFi 5G USB module I had temporarily used was still listed, but as not working. Correct, as I had unplugged it! I uninstalled that and restarted the desktop. Result was that the Device Manager now correctly lists the network from the RJ45 port with the correct name.

    BUT, the Internet icon still gives it the incorrect name - the WLAN5 name which is the WiFi network that is not used on this desktop!

    Checking in the registry, the FriendlyName entry now shows CLAN - hooray! BUT (again!) in the registry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Control Panel\Settings\Network\Preferences is shown SelectedWiFiProfile - WLAN5
    See screenshot Router-7.jpg

    I carried on searching the registry and found the wrong name in only one more place
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles\{09D53BC2-2B40-4441-AE93-A021DA92FF8B}

    I could alter both of those entries and see what happens I suppose! But dare I?
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Network name incorrect-devices.jpg   Network name incorrect-networksettings.jpg   Network name incorrect-router-7.jpg  
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  10. Posts : 4,172
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Latest RP
       #10

    Windows networking has never been an instant updated system, indeed the scans are only run from any device at least 15 minutes apart - this can leave remnants of incorrect data hanging around for a while, especially where devices are switched on and off randomly.

    What has help me in the past (admittedly in large systems ), is to switch every device off, for at least 20 minutes, (preferably longer if viable, then switch each device on in order from where the Internet Modem is connected to the premises, a period of a few minutes should be left between each device to allow things to settle.

    It has worked for me in the past, and actually became a bit of a routine after any major system downtime for major work
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