Because I tend to concentrate on peer-to-peer networks, I like to understand when I see things that are strange or different.
Some of the observations I've made include:
- If there are different protocols installed on the NICs then it appears there can be more than one workgroup with the same name.
If this happens then there can (I think) be 2 Master Browsers and one will see a short computer list from one or the other. Except for the 2 Master Browser assertion, all the rest has been observed.
- If a computer has more than one NIC attached to the same network (e.g. one wired and one wireless) then the traffic path to or from that computer is indeterminate. If that computer is the Master Browser, the computer list can be short.
Today I ran into yet another and I'm wondering if anyone might illuminate the cause:
- A computer was the Master Browser and there were only 2 computers on the list out of maybe 15 computers. Switching the Master Browser role to another computer fixed this but how and why might this happen? The first computer has but one NIC. As far as I know, the computer in question had been turned on indefinitely (i.e. always on) as are most of the others.