Enable Network Mapping on Domain and Public Networks

by Eric Geier [Published on 22 Feb. 2012 / Last Updated on 1 June 2011]

Enable viewing of network map in the Network and Sharing Center.

By default, Windows 7 only displays a link for the network map on the Network and Sharing Center if you're connected to a Private network, defined the first time you connected.

However, you can make the mapping feature work on Domain and Public networks as well using the Local Group Policy Editor:

  1. Open gpedit.msc.
  2. Navigate to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Network\Link-Layer Topology Discovery.
  3. Double-click the Turn On Mapper I/O (LLTDIO) Driver policy, select Enabled, and then select Allow Operation While In Domain. Then click Next Setting.
  4. Double-click the Turn On Responder (RSPNDR) Driver policy, select Enabled, and then select Allow Operation While In Domain. Then click Next Setting.
  5. Click OK.

The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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