Enable Network Map for Public or Domain Networks

by Eric Geier [Published on 8 April 2010 / Last Updated on 29 June 2009]

Make the network map appear when on a public or domain network.

If you use the Network Map feature in Vista, you may have noticed it doesn’t work when the network connection is classified as Public, or you're using a domain network. However, you can enable it for either of these networks; here’s how:

  1. Run gpedit.msc from the Start menu search field.
  2. On the Group Policy Object Editor, browse to: Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Network -> Link-Layer Topology Discovery.
  3. Individually right click the Mapper I/O (LLTDIO) and Responder (RSPNDR) drivers and click Properties. Then on their Properties dialog check the appropriate options to allow public and/or domain connections.

Eric Geier is an author of many wireless networking and computing books including Home Networking All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (Wiley 2008) and 100 Things You Need to Know about Upgrading to Windows Vista (Que 2007).

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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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