Solved Why do I have Local Area Connection?

November 20, 2019 at 21:29:56
Specs: Windows 10
As the Title states, I have a Local Area Connection. My question is Why. I haven't had this before, and I've had it for a day. When I click the internet icon, in the very top it will show the icon that it would for an "ethernet" connection. And, as stated, its name is Local Area Connection. I can't find the adapter for it. Its not connected to any adapter. I've disabled ALL of my network adapters (Which are 3, one for an external Bluetooth connection, one for my ACTUAL ethernet connection when I use it, and finally my Wi-Fi, which I use the most.) Not a single one disabled this thing. I apologize if this is under the wrong content. I also want to know if it is bad to disable it. Thanks to whoever helps me out as best they can!

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November 26, 2019 at 16:19:04
Curt R wrote:

> is it possible way back when you first got it, you changed
> "Local Area Connection" to something else?

It may be that "Local Area Connection" showed up when he
deleted an existing connection.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis



#1
November 20, 2019 at 21:34:45
So as a follow-up, it seems like I had a lag spike in my internet, not sure of the term for that, when I was writing this. So, sorry for that. It does NOT affect my internet from what I know.

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#2
November 21, 2019 at 21:53:24
That is what Windows calls your 'local' connection to the Internet. It is quite normal and if you found a way to remove it you would no longer get on the internet, mail, etc.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
November 21, 2019 at 22:30:02
I think I only just realized this. The local area connection always doesn't have internet, even if my wifi is connected and has internet connection. It just shows "not connected", probably just me being dumb though. Thank you for the information though, but now I need to figure out why its showing this now of all times.

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#4
November 22, 2019 at 09:03:42
Is there any chance that it has been there all along, but you
just noticed it and paid attention to it now, because it wasn't
important to you previously?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#5
November 22, 2019 at 23:50:31
I'll be honest, I've pressed my wi-fi button more times than I can count on accident because of hotkeys or dropping my mouse, and accidentally clicking when picking it up. I feel like I would have seen it, seeing as it is at the top of my internet list currently.

The only thing that has happened since I noticed it was when my computer had a Windows Update, but I didn't know for what. I knew my computer needed a Windows Update, because around those times, my sound systems glitch, then I have to update. To be fair however, I do look over stuff like this a lot if it isn't at the top of a list, so I'm not quite sure.


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#6
November 23, 2019 at 10:26:34
I don't actually know where you are seeing this. You said in
your original post that you click "the internet icon". Which icon
is that? Where is it located and what does it look like? Is it an
icon in the Taskbar or in the Action Center, which itself is also
accessed via a button in the Taskbar? On my computer,
clicking that button turns WiFi on or off. When it is on, I see a
list of nearby WiFi hotspots. (My wireless modem router has no
Ethernet jack, so I don't know what I'd see with Ethernet cable.)

To get the list of adapters, I can go to Start Menu > Settings >
Network & Internet > Change adapter Options, which goes to a
window titled "Network Connections". My two adapters shown
there are "Ethernet" and "Wi-Fi".

Is one of those what you are referring to, or something else?

I don't see the "Local Area Connection" you see, and I'm a bit
surprised at that. I recall seeing something like it in the past,
probably on an earlier computer.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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November 23, 2019 at 23:26:06
The internet icon I am referring to is the one near your clock in the bottom right hand corner of the screen in the task bar. For my computer, to disable my internet, I have to press F12 for airplane mode, or enter my settings to turn it off.
For the adapters, I believe I was saying that when I disabled all of my internet adapters, that the "Local Area Connection" still existed. This is odd, because if what was said was true at one point, then this would be affected by the adapters for internet. I believed that since it was in my list of networks (I think the "Internet Icon" confuses people, so I'll start saying "Network Button" or "Network List"), I could disable the adapter as I believed that my computer was attempting to use two networks at once, which is possible, and it's called cross bridging. The issue was however, was that I never authorized such a thing. I believe there is a page that describes it for others. Sorry for that rant, but I believe I was referring to the fact that the "Local Internet Connect" is not linked to any adapters existing on my computer.

I'd like to say thank you for speaking with me about this, even though it is a trivial matter. Its just odd that I'm only seeing this section now. If you have any other questions, please do ask.


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#8
November 24, 2019 at 10:18:09
I have questions like yours all the time. Occasionally I can answer them.
More often I'm not helpful at all. But if I can help sometimes, I'm happy.

I also have airplane mode on the f12 key, but I never use it since the
button on the Taskbar does the same thing. It actually pops up two
buttons: One for Wi-Fi on/off and one for airplane mode on/off, plus
the list of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots it has detected.

Do you feel that your original question about what this Local Area
Connection thing is has been answered to your satisfaction, or would
you like to explore it further? I'm pretty fuzzy on exactly what it is, but
in effect it seems to be just the computer itself, which can potentially
connect to a network. The connection between my computer and my
wireless modem/router appears to be a Local Area Connection on a
Local Area Network.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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#9
November 24, 2019 at 21:08:13
I am on Windows 7, if I click on the network icon like you said and select 'Open Network Sharing Center', I see the Local Area Network but to my memory it has always been there. Whenever I see an internet issue or a warning on the network icon I open this to see that the internet connection is down. At times like this I check the modem/router combo and see that there is a cable issue. This happens once in maybe 3 or 4 months and usually late at night. Sometimes it comes back in a short time and sometimes not but always up by morning. Once during the daytime and cable company admitted to a local issue that was being worked on. I see this Local Area Network note at all times, working internet or not but we have two desktops, 2 laptops, 4 cell phones, 1 tablet, printer, and assorted other network hardware on my home network for my family. I think I remember it even back to Windows XP that it was there as well. It is an integral part of Windows Networking though for a more detailed or technical explanation you may have to look around some.

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November 24, 2019 at 23:34:53
I think my original question has been answered, my only source of confusion now is "Why am I seeing this now?". But honestly thank you guys for helping me figure out what this was.

In reply to Fingers, I actually have a broken Windows 7/8 laptop, which was originally windows 7 then upgraded to windows 8, and eventually to windows 10, and I don't recall seeing the "Local Area Connection" at all. On that laptop, I used to play games, record, and chat with friends on it. However, I had ran into an issue with the internet on that computer, and it would disconnect from the network. I had to keep reconnecting a few days at a time, but I had never seen the "Local Area Connection". As my main point I bring up again, why am I seeing this at the top of my network list now?

Honestly I think this is the closest to answers I'll get, and it doesn't seem to be harming anything. I'll check devlogs for the new windows updates that happened recently, to see if anything caused this. Thank you guys for your help, and I really appreciate it!

-Edit: I re-read Fingers' post, I do not see it in network sharing. When you click the icon for windows 10, at least for me, it opens a black panel that is semi-transparent with network names. If you click a locked network, it will provide a box that lets you type the password. If a hotspot is selected, and is protected, you must insert a PIN. On the bottom, it also has 3 buttons: Wi-Fi, Airplane mode, and Mobile Hotspot. Also, there is a button to open Internet & Network Settings. I'm... not sure how else to describe this menu.

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#11
November 25, 2019 at 13:19:18
I am on a Windows 7 machine that is a desktop that is hard wired. There is no Wifi on it. What you are describing is more for Wifi. Maybe your Internet and Network Settings is similar to my Network and Sharing Center.
Windows 10 is different in some ways from Windows 7 mainly in that it hides a lot of stuff from the user. These things often are not used by the general user and if setting these things up are handled by set up utilities then most people may not miss them. I certainly as a long time user do find it annoying to have to always search for where they hide them. It certainly is possible that what you are seeing was hidden until you either did something or an update changed the way something was handled or displayed. I would not worry too much about it if everything is working right.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#12
November 26, 2019 at 09:39:08
With Windows 10 your easiest way to get into the network settings is enter "control panel" in the search on the bar beside the windows symbol and hit "Enter". Once you have Control Panel open, click on "Network and Sharing center" When that opens, click on "Change adapter settings". That will show all available network interfaces.

The default name for all windows wired interfaces (or at the very least, the first one if you have multiples) is "Local Area Connection" This can be changed to anything you want and in the case of this laptop that was upgraded from Windows 7 to 8 to 10, is it possible way back when you first got it, you changed "Local Area Connection" to something else? I ask because I always change mine. It would be easy to forget.

Also, since it's an onboard NIC if it was disabled in the BIOS, you wouldn't see it. But if you subsequently enabled it in the BIOS, it would then appear (after a reboot) as "Local Area Connection".

It's not likely it was hidden but I suppose it's possible. The two scenarios above seem more likely as hiding it would likely include a registry hack of some sort and I wager you haven't been playing in the registry lately.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

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#13
November 26, 2019 at 16:09:11
Fingers,

On my Windows 10 computer (not up-to-date, though), the
Network and Sharing Center is in the Control Panel, while
Internet and Network is accessed via the Settings button at
the bottom of the Start Menu. Their functions intermingle
and overlap. You can probably get to any related setting via
either path, though one may take more steps than the other.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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November 26, 2019 at 16:19:04
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Curt R wrote:

> is it possible way back when you first got it, you changed
> "Local Area Connection" to something else?

It may be that "Local Area Connection" showed up when he
deleted an existing connection.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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November 26, 2019 at 21:08:23
Point in fact, Control Panel is readily available at the start button options on Windows 7 but you had to search for it in Windows 10.
I guess that it is safer if you do not trust the users not to mess with things they may only half understand.
I prefer to educate those who can and are willing and advise those who cannot or will not, to leave it alone.

Maybe MS should have an option to enable "Power User" for those who want it which would put tools easily available like Control Panel with its many options and other features.
Did you notice that you have to search even for Devices and Printers in Windows 10? Why should it be difficult to clear the documents waiting to print or uninstall an old printer?
Getting to Disk Manager is a little round about in Windows 7 and maybe it should be but it is worse on 10.

These are not deal breakers for using Windows 10 but they are annoying. I guess that's my point.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#16
November 27, 2019 at 22:01:34
So as an update, the "Local Area Connection" section is no longer available to me. The "Local Area Connection" is gone. And I mean on the computer that I actually use. I don't know why, as I did nothing, but its just gone. So thank you guys so much for the replies and helping me figure out why I see this now of all times. Also in reply to Curt R, (Sorry if I have the wrong name, editing is weird.) I actually don't believe I did change it.

Thank you guys so much! If I have any other problems or questions I'll be sure to make a new discussion to ask!

Edit: I think I hid one of my connections that appeared in my network list, because it was an open wi-fi and wasn't secure. I wanted to make sure I would never connect to it, as my laptop automatically connects to wi-fi I don't know sometimes sometimes.

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