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Internet Connection Sharing - 'Unidentified Network'

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    Internet Connection Sharing - 'Unidentified Network'


    Hi guys, I am having trouble with ICS on win 8. On my old laptop (win xp) I used to be able to share my 3Connect dongle internet to connect to Xbox live. I recently got a new laptop with win 8 and whenever I share this internet connection I can never connect on my Xbox (the network to internet part fails). When everything is connected up and shared the Ethernet says 'Unidentified Network' which i believe is the cause of the problem. I've read i may require a driver update but i cannot seem to find one.

    My Laptop:
    Toshiba Satellite C855-29N

    So can anyone help me with what to do, maybe i am not setting up the connection sharing properly? or can someone please point me in the right direction to solving the 'unidentified network' problem?

    Thanks, Graav.

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    As you found out ICS isn't working quite right in Windows 8, it appears as if you need to make adjustments in the services of Windows 8 in order to getting it working correctly.

    I will point you to another post where this problem has already been solved.

    Internet sharing LAN
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    Hi, thanks for the reply. I have tried the things listed in the post you provided but still no luck. I'm still convinced its the 'unidentified network' that's causing this, and everything i have has not done anything to change this :/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graav xD View Post
    Hi, thanks for the reply. I have tried the things listed in the post you provided but still no luck. I'm still convinced its the 'unidentified network' that's causing this, and everything i have has not done anything to change this :/
    Well if the problem was only about ICS then changing those settings would most likely fix the problem however, the Unidentified Network problem is another beast altogether that has many possible causes and solutions.

    The link below shows you how to fix most of those problems like the default gateway showing up as 0.0.0.0. As you read further down the page in the link you will notice many more causes and working solutions in the comments section.

    Windows 7 Unidentified Network, Limited Access, No Internet Connection Problem Resolved

    I'd need to see your system specs and a screen shot of the ipconfig/all to help you further.
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    Ok here is the ipconfig/all:

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.2.9200]
    (c) 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.


    C:\Users\James>ipconfig/all


    Windows IP Configuration


    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Family
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No


    PPP adapter 3Connect:


    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : 3Connect
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . :
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 188.29.8.205(Preferred)
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.255
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 0.0.0.0
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 217.171.132.1
    Primary WINS Server . . . . . . . : 10.11.12.13
    Secondary WINS Server . . . . . . : 10.11.12.14
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled


    Wireless LAN adapter Local Area Connection* 12:


    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 2C-D0-5A-5D-A1-9D
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes


    Wireless LAN adapter WiFi:


    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8723AE Wireless LAN 802.11n PC
    I-E NIC
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 2C-D0-5A-5D-A1-9D
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes


    Ethernet adapter Bluetooth Network Connection:


    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network)
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 2C-D0-5A-5D-E2-B1
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes


    Ethernet adapter Ethernet:


    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 7C-05-07-03-D6-E6
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::a451:3ee3:2ed4:ea13%12(Preferred)
    IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.137.1(Preferred)
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 188.29.191.175
    DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 259785991
    DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-18-C5-6A-7F-7C-05-07-03-D6-E6


    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : fec0:0:0:ffff::1%1
    fec0:0:0:ffff::2%1
    fec0:0:0:ffff::3%1
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled


    Tunnel adapter isatap.{79915653-0D29-41C6-B93A-FF81F3840F6F}:


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


    Tunnel adapter 6TO4 Adapter:


    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft 6to4 Adapter
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2002:bc1d:8cd::bc1d:8cd(Preferred)
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 217.171.132.1
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled


    Tunnel adapter Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:


    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes


    Tunnel adapter isatap.{F8890749-7293-40C7-A9D1-EF343A5D8E6A}:


    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #4
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes


    C:\Users\James>
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  6. #6


    You appear have a connection with your modem showing as the PPP 3 connect, then you appear to have another wired connection maybe this is the settings that were typed into IPv4 properties when you tried to set up ICS?

    You need to be using the correct drivers for ICS that have the option to share the connection, not sure if you saw this or not?

    It also appears as if somebody has type in both DNS and WINS server IP's into the modem's settings which isn't really correct. We don't really use WINS anymore as DNS has replaced it.
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    Basically i use a 3Connect dongle as a modem for internet connection. I connect a usb extension cable into my laptop, and the modem into the other end. this is so i can place the modem up high to get a stronger signal. I then have an ethernet cable plugged into the ethernet port in both my laptop and xbox. I used to be able to simply share the connection between 3connect, and local area connection on my old (xp) laptop to gain a connection to xbox live.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graav xD View Post
    Basically i use a 3Connect dongle as a modem for internet connection. I connect a usb extension cable into my laptop, and the modem into the other end. this is so i can place the modem up high to get a stronger signal. I then have an ethernet cable plugged into the ethernet port in both my laptop and xbox. I used to be able to simply share the connection between 3connect, and local area connection on my old (xp) laptop to gain a connection to xbox live.
    The link in my first post should take care of any problem related to ICS, this has already worked on many machines but support for 3G dongles to support ICS through a USB cable isn't something I'd expect to work very reliably.
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  9. #9


    I understand, but this arrangement was fine before. I don't see why windows 8 has just stopped it from working properly. Is there really no simple solution ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graav xD View Post
    I understand, but this arrangement was fine before. I don't see why windows 8 has just stopped it from working properly. Is there really no simple solution ?
    Yes the simple solution for fixing ICS problems was in the first link I posted, and it took me considerable time to find those solutions which have already worked for many.

    3G dongle support for ICS though a USB cable may be better supported with a Google search because it certainly isn't a normal network and isn't really something I'd ever expect to work reliably. I'm pretty sure that 3G has a modem/router version that can handle multiple machines and would really make life easier.

    Similar complaints about 3G not working with ICS go back to the Windows 7 days. Although I would think that typing in the correct static IP, DNS, etc. may help, with a 3 G modem it's hard to tell what the gateway is because it doesn't even show up.

    Internet connection sharing on Windows 7 using a 3G Broadband Stick - Microsoft Community

    Can't get Windows 7 to share internet to LAN from HUAWEI 3G - Microsoft Community

    As you can see here, 3G and countless problems using ICS. XP machines apparently work no problem, Win 7 and 8 not so much.

    And as I suggested earlier going with a 4G router is the way to go and your 3G provider no doubt has a similar product available.
    DOVADO - Tiny Wireless-N 4G/LTE USB Router: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories
    Last edited by chev65; 23 Apr 2013 at 14:53.
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