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Vista wireless networking with 2 computers cabled to router

A technician set up my wireless network so that 2 computers were connected by cable to the router and a third via wireless adapter. Now someone has installed a different antivirus software on the 2 computers and, I think, messed with this setup. The 2 computers that were directly connected used to access the Internet immediately. Now one takes a long time to connect and shows the 2-monitor networking icon in the task bar (don't think it appeared before). I think the tamperer didn't realize both were connected by cable to the router and set that one up as though it uses a wireless adapter. Why not compare all the settings between the computers? Well, because the one in question has Vista Home and the other has Windows XP and I just can't spot where I should make changes. There are so many network-related pages. May I add "duh"?

Can anyone unravel?

Thanks, Mata

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  • matast Dec 27, 2008

    Hello--

    Unfortunately Vista doesn't have a "My network places" box and I can't find what substitutes for it.The "Manage wireless networks" box says "Wirless not currently enabled, so maybe I'm wrong about the redundancy.

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To disable the ( redundant ) wireless connection, right click ' My network places' click properties, in the dialog right click your wireless connection, click disable. YMMV in Vista. There are several ways to disable an adapter, might try Windows Help.
If your "someone" installed Norton AV that's what degraded your performance. Remove it and pick one of the free ones like Avast or AVG. If the previous AV wasn't removed properly you're going to see a slowdown.

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