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I had a home network setup with my main computer running Windows XP connected to a Linksys router. I configured my router to use WEP with MAC filtering using a network name SIERRA. I connected other wireless computers to the internet via SIERRA. All went as planned until I replaced the XP computer with one running Windows 7 about 9 months ago. Since then, a new network connection was created called NETWORK 2. My wireless laptops still create LAN connections to SIERRA and seem to work fine.

However, when I click on the Network icon on the Windows 7 computer and select Properties, the display shows me connecting to the internet via Network 2 which I never created (or at least I don't think I did) and it indicates that Network 2 is my home network. The network name I created (the SSID on my router) is SIERRA, which my wireless computers use.

Why doesn't my Windows 7 computer also utilize this network? Also, if I click on the Network icon in the Windows 7 notification tray, it shows me connected to Network 2 with Internet Access. Below that, it shows Dial up and VPN and when I click on it, there's SIERRA. I try to click on connect to bandit, but an error box eventually shows up indicating "Connecting through WAN Miniport (PPPOE)" "modem or other connecting device has reported an error".

Shouldn't I be able to connect directly to SIERRA as I used to?

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Is SIERRA the SSID of your wireless network? Is your Windows 7 using WLAN or Ethernet? If you're using Ethernet only to connect to your router, the network name won't be the same as the SSID. It will be something given by Windows. – user 99572 is fine Mar 11 '13 at 21:53
Such a newbee I don't think I understand the distinction. I have a Cable Modem to which I've connected the router. The computers and other devices on my network connect to the internet via hardwire to the router. AS I mentioned previously, the SSID on my router is SIERRA. My wireless devices correctly show that network SIERRA is available and these devices connect to it. How would I determine if Windows 7 is using WLAN or Ethernet? – Paul G Mar 11 '13 at 23:57

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