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In Win7 when you connect to a new network you're prompted to set it as a Home, Work, or Public connection. Presumably this influences default security settings.

That's all well and good, except for the part that everytime I USB tether my smartphone Win7 comes up with a new dialogue. I think I'm up to generic connection 25 or something? It's getting ridiculous.

Is there anyway to get Win7 to remember the phone tether as ONE connection only?

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You need to tell us what smartphone you're using (although just the operating system and OS version may be enough). Also, what method are you using to tether? RNDIS? –  allquixotic Aug 21 '12 at 5:11
BTW, I'm having the same problem with USB tethering on Android on a Motorola Droid Razr Maxx. I just checked the box to make Windows automatically allocate every "new network" as a Public network, and the prompts stopped coming up. Public is the most secure option anyway as it disables file sharing. I'd be interested in the answer to the question though, as far as getting it to recognize it as the same network each time. It may be tied to the MAC address though, so if the phone is generating a new RNDIS MAC address on each connect, there may not be much we can do about it. –  allquixotic Aug 21 '12 at 5:13
@allquixotic, I'm using a Samsung Note (i7000) running a daily build of Cyanogen, but this problem has been present with multiple phones running Android with Win7. It is certainly not unique to the handset. Every single time I USB tether I get prompted to denote a new connection type and I am unwilling to give up and go "all public" as you have. –  Andrew Heath Aug 21 '12 at 5:18

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Open Network and Sharing center, click on the icon of the active tethered network, click on merge or delete network locations to delete networks not in use.

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You can try this if you don't mind the network icon not showing that you're connected.

  1. Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe).
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E972-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}.
  3. There are subkeys numbered 0001 to 0019. Look in each subkey in descending order (start from 0019) for the one with DriverDesc value having your smartphone's RNDIS driver name (same name shown in your Network Connections view as the "Connect using" value).
  4. Once located, in the right side, right-click an empty area and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  5. Enter the name as *NdisDeviceType (remember to include the asterisk sign * in front).
  6. Edit the newly created DWORD value and enter the value data as 1 (Base choice doesn't matter). Click OK.
  7. Once done, in your Network Connections view, disable the network device, and enable it after a few seconds.

You will no longer get a prompt asking for network location whenever you connect your smartphone, but you will still get the prompt when connecting other devices.

Important Note: When you are only connected to your smartphone, your computer's network icon will continue to show that you are not connected to any network. However, the internet will still work fine.

Source: Windows 7 starts a new network every...: Apple Support Communities

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This is standard for any Android Phone I think. My phone keeps on creating a new network each time and it is now called "Network 52" and keeps incrementing, each time it also asks what type of network (Home,Work, or Public) as well.

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Not just Android, iPhones do it too –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Nov 19 '12 at 16:50
This is more of a comment than an answer. –  Isaac Rabinovitch Nov 19 '12 at 22:06
My Galaxy S3 doesn't do it using its native tethering setting. My older HTC used to do it after I installed a custom ROM and used an app. –  Madara Uchiha Feb 7 '13 at 9:26
My GS3 does it on USB tethering. Apparently it is because Android is always generating a new MAC address (I have no idea why!) and this appears unknown to Windows, so it will ask the user for the network location. –  ADTC Sep 12 '13 at 12:44
This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - you can always comment on your own posts, and once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post. –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 May 26 at 13:26
  1. Open Network & Sharing Center

  2. Change adapter settings

  3. Right click (on your tethered "Remote NDIS based Internet Sharing Device", in my case its "LAN-Huawei-USB")

  4. Status

  5. Details

  6. Copy the IPv4 Address, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway & DNS Servers (in my case it's- ipv4:, subnet:, gateway:, dns servers: &

  7. again Right click (on your tethered "Remote NDIS based Internet Sharing Device", in my case its "LAN-Huawei-USB")

  8. Properties

  9. Highlight "Internet protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4)

  10. Properties

  11. Use the following IP address:

  12. enter what you copied earlier from STATUS here

  13. OK

  14. close all windows

Now your computer will stop creating Networks, mine has stopped at "Network 14"

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