Everytime I start up my computer, my LAN connection connects to two networks. One is the right network, our local network, and the other is labeled as "Unidentified network". When this happens, I cannot connect to any website or ping anything; basically, the second connection prevents the network from working. See attached screenshot of the network center & ping results when the 2 connections are active. I can solve this problem by disabling and re-enabling the network connection. When I do this, the unidentified network goes away leaving on the real local network, and then everything works correctly. See attached screenshot right after the connection is re-enabled and reconnects to the network (correctly).
We are using Windows 7, this is a relatively fresh install (a few weeks), and I do have the most updated driver for my network card, which is a generic Realtek PCI network card anyways. I would like to just completely disable this unidentified network completely, it is a public network which I would never use, but I have no idea where it's coming from or what is causing it to auto-connect.
My desktop, where this problem is occurring, is connected to a switch that connects to the router that connects to the cable modem and there to the internet. There is a wireless laptop that connects to the router and never has a problem connecting. Every computer is running Windows 7. See attached network map of a working connection (when there is only the one network connection).
Thanks for any help or suggestions you can offer.