Windows 10: Ethernet connection: 'unidentified network'

  1.    18 Feb 2016 #1

    Ethernet connection: 'unidentified network'


    Hi all,

    I'm yet another victim of the unidentified network Windows bug. I've had my Surface Pro 4 for two weeks now and ethernet has never worked through my docking station. Originally I thought it was a surface thing, but apparently all Windows users are confronted by it at some stage.

    These are my results for ipconfig/all

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>ipconfig/all

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : DESKTOP-I7I3ODS
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : telenet.be

    Wireless LAN adapter LAN-verbinding* 3:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : B6-AE-2B-D0-25-9B
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Ethernet adapter Ethernet:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Surface Ethernet Adapter
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 58-82-A8-91-1E-42
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::7583:a4f1:1f9b:78d1%19(Preferred)
    Autoconfiguration IPv4 Address. . : 169.254.120.209(Preferred)
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
    DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 425231016
    DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-1E-4A-BE-3D-58-82-A8-91-1E-42
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : fec0:0:0:ffff::1%1
    fec0:0:0:ffff::2%1
    fec0:0:0:ffff::3%1
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

    Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : telenet.be
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : B4-AE-2B-D0-24-9A
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::a47c:6ab5:bb9:6c7e%12(Preferred)
    IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 10.114.12.181(Preferred)
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.252.0
    Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : 18 February 2016 23:00:37
    Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : 18 February 2016 23:25:29
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 10.114.12.1
    DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 195.130.137.17
    DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 62172715
    DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-1E-4A-BE-3D-58-82-A8-91-1E-42
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 195.130.131.134
    195.130.130.134
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

    Tunnel adapter isatap.telenet.be:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : telenet.be
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #8
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter isatap.{FCBE9E9E-8488-4FAD-BAD9-0579C1A548AD}:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #9
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    The media disconnected message has no particular meaning, as my network adapter detects an ethernet plug. It simply cannot be identified. Troubleshooting gives me the following message: "ethernet" does not have a valid IP configuration.

    I checked multiple times and the IP and DNS addresses are set to automatic.
    Things that didn't help


    1. ipconfig/release and ipconfig/renew
    2. disabling and reenabling the ethernet adapter
    3. resetting winsock
    4. resetting ipv4 and ipv6
    5. reinstalling the ethernet adapter


    Incredibly frustrating stuff. Thanks in advance!

    Simon
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 3,238
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       18 Feb 2016 #2

    Your #1 item of "ipconfig/release and ipconfig/renew" is in error which may explain seeing no change, it should be ipconfig /release and ipconfig /renew, the space before the slash / is required.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    19 Feb 2016 #3

    Thank you for getting back to me so quickly, I tried the to put a space in front of the /release and /renew, but the following error shows:

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>ipconfig /renew

    Windows IP Configuration

    No operation can be performed on LAN-verbinding* 3 while it has its media disconnected.

    The media (ethernet plug) is definitely connected.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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