Windows 8.1 Network Naming
Posted on 2014-10-09
I encountered a confusing situation yesterday:
Windows 8.1 laptops have both Ethernet and wireless interfaces available - as usual.
We have a single subnet on the site.
There is no DHCP for wired computers - all are manually configured with static IP addresses, etc.
There is a wireless access point that provides DHCP in a small, determined range of addresses on the subnet.
The wireless is secured with WPA2 and the SSID is not broadcast; it's hidden in that sense.
If a Windows 8.1 laptop is connected to the wireless access point FIRST, then, of course the SSID is entered and that connection shows up with that name. Let's call it "Wireless".
[Now we assume that the static addresses have been configured for the Ethernet interface]
Next, connect an Ethernet cable between the laptop and the LAN.
What happens is there's now a connection called "Wireless 2" which is really the Ethernet connection.
This naming comes automatically.
It can be rather confusing to users.
So, I'd like to know if there's a way to change this behavior when the computers are set up?