I just installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 Pro on a computer, and plug it into the network, and it gets labeled with "Unidentified Network"
I open up the command prompt, and check "ipconfig/all", and I am getting an IP address (10.0.0.63) and DNS server (10.0.0.5) info from the DHCP server (10.0.0.200), and when I attempt to "ping google.com" I get: Pinging google.com [126.96.36.199] - Reply from 10.0.0.63 Destination Host Unreachable" So I can talk to my local DNS server, resolving a domain name, but I cannot get outside of my network from only that PC.
I can ping my DNS server, and every other computer on the local network, but not my Gateway/Router/DHCP (10.0.0.200). So the Router is giving my computer an IP, but my computer cannot ping the device that is giving it an IP.
Is is the Windows 7 Unidentified Network label preventing my from getting outside my network, or is something else?
Also where can I find a good article explaining what this whole "Windows is identifying network" stuff is all about? Why can't it just get an IP address and be happy?
When I set the IP statically instead of pulling from the DHCP server (using same values DHCP handed the PC), I get a dialog from Windows asking "Select a Location for the Network", with the choices Home/Work/Public. And now everything works fine, no more issues.
What is the deal with "Windows is identifying network" stuff?