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When I plug my USB wireless adapter into the USB port of my Windows XP, the system correctly detects a new device, and sets it up. However, it always sets it up as Wireless Network Connection 'X', where the number 'X' increases by one number every time. Why is this? Its currently at 6. I share the USB adapter with another PC, and so it is regularly plugged in and out of the USB port. How do I 'see' the other 5 Network Connections? There is only one network connection on this PC, so I am curious as to why ...

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    Default Hidden Network adapter & network connections

    When I plug my USB wireless adapter into the USB port of
    my Windows XP, the system correctly detects a new device,
    and sets it up.
    However, it always sets it up as Wireless Network
    Connection 'X', where the number 'X' increases by one
    number every time. Why is this? Its currently at 6.

    I share the USB adapter with another PC, and so it is
    regularly plugged in and out of the USB port.

    How do I 'see' the other 5 Network Connections? There is
    only one network connection on this PC, so I am curious as
    to why it should now read 6.

    Secondly, the adapter itself is listed in properties
    as 'Belkin 11Mbps Wireless Network Adapter #4' Why is it
    number 4? Its the only one on the PC.

    How do I 'see' the other three?

    Thanks in advance
    Damien

    Damien Guest

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    Default Re: Hidden Network adapter & network connections

    This can be caused by either bad driver or faulty hardware (adapter,
    cables...).
    Supposed that driver setup failed several times but then things come
    straight, then don't worry,
    the "other" connections and adapters won't do any harm.

    But, if you still getting new instances every time:
    1. Check cables and contacts. Get good cables, not cheapest.
    Attach the adapter to same usb port. Using other ports will install new
    instances.
    this is normal and won't do any harm, but can be annoying.

    2. Contact tech. support of the adapter manufacturer


    "Damien" <damien_mccormackbtclick.com> wrote in message
    news:052a01c34866$d846f9a0$a601280aphx.gbl...
    > When I plug my USB wireless adapter into the USB port of
    > my Windows XP, the system correctly detects a new device,
    > and sets it up.
    > However, it always sets it up as Wireless Network
    > Connection 'X', where the number 'X' increases by one
    > number every time. Why is this? Its currently at 6.
    >
    > I share the USB adapter with another PC, and so it is
    > regularly plugged in and out of the USB port.
    >
    > How do I 'see' the other 5 Network Connections? There is
    > only one network connection on this PC, so I am curious as
    > to why it should now read 6.
    >
    > Secondly, the adapter itself is listed in properties
    > as 'Belkin 11Mbps Wireless Network Adapter #4' Why is it
    > number 4? Its the only one on the PC.
    >
    > How do I 'see' the other three?
    >
    > Thanks in advance
    > Damien
    >

    Pavel A. Guest

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