Networking & Wireless forum


'Local only' - what have I changed?

by traderpd / December 14, 2012 11:54 PM PST

Hi all. Amateur here with just enough knowledge to get himself into technical trouble, but not out again.

Switched to BT fibre broadband (a UK service) and wifi a week ago - all went well. My main PC - Dell Inspiron, W7 64bit - connected fine, then connected my Dell Studio (Vista Home) laptop. Both connected over wifi with no problems, and both ran for several days. This tells me there are no hardware or software incompatibilities.

Decided then to try and network the two devices which is when the problem arose. Had real difficulty getting them networked (ie to 'see' each other over the wifi network) - which still hasn't happened - but I must have changed something in my laptop settings because now it shows 'Access: Local only' when I hover my mouse over the network icon and I get no Internet access over wifi.

I then connected the laptop to the wireless hub using a patch cable and that connection to the Internet works fine. At no stage have I (knowingly) changed any fibre modem or wifi hub settings although I have tried powering the fibre hub off and on again.

I'm keen not to keep fiddling or I'll probably make matters worse, and it feels like there's just one setting needs to be tweaked. Can anyone help?



Answer This Ask For Clarification
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: 'Local only' - what have I changed?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: 'Local only' - what have I changed?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Clarification Request
I can't tell what you changed.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 15, 2012 12:37 AM PST

As it stands with no details, you can use System Restore to go back a day.

Collapse -
by traderpd / December 15, 2012 8:51 PM PST

Thanks. I had tried restore, to two different save points, which didn't resolve the issue. Since posting I tried restoring from the oldest save point I had, which has now worked. I just have some catching p to do now.

Thanks to all who contributed. I'll try and resist my tendency to tinker.


All Answers

Collapse -
About the shares.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 15, 2012 12:38 AM PST

A common issue is the router firewall setting. If on, shares are blocked. Your new consumer can get freaked out over that change so take time to explain that old routers didn't have that and it was really never needed.

Also, the name of the firewall can change. I can't explain why the makers didn't settle on one name. You'll get used to all the names such as client isolation, guest zones and more.

Popular Forums
Computer Help 51,224 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,453 discussions
Laptops 20,090 discussions
Security 30,722 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,937 discussions
Windows 10 1,295 discussions
Phones 16,252 discussions
Windows 7 7,684 discussions
Networking & Wireless 15,215 discussions


Roku Streaming Stick 2016

Roku has the most apps, the simplest interface and the best search, making it CNET's favorite way to stream Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO and all the rest.