Local Area Connection

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Please can anyone tell me why I need two local area connections on my PC. (Local Area Connection and Local Area Connection 3). Thank you in anticipation.

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You probably have 2 network cards in your system, or perhaps one wired card, and some kind of wireless device built in. Is the Computer a Laptop? they usually have both a wired and wireless connection built in.
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…or maybe a firewire card – these often show up as network devices.

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  • Kmcb
    Thank you, a dell pc and laptop sit on the desk.
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  • Wrobinson
    The answer is simple, you have multiple network adapters installed.
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  • Yasir Irfan
    Thats true you have a two NICs, also if you have installed VMware then also you will get mutiple NICs
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  • Schmidtw
    The fact that there is "Local Area Connection" and "Local Area Connection 3" (key being 3) immediately makes me think that a user at some point in time was having difficulties connecting to the internet, created another connection which didn't work, created a third, and then deleted the second and left the first in hopes the original would resume functionality. You would be surprised how often I see this at schools, businesses, etc. These two connections might just point to the same place. If you check the properties of Local Area Connection 3, you'll be able to find out what it's all about. That is to say it might be a line someone created to connect to a separate network (because they didn't know how to use the pre-exisitng connection). Keep in mind, what I mentioned in this post dos not invalidate previous posts as they are also true (FireWire cards can show up as a Local or IEEE 1394, also virtual machines can report another connection or open port or your system could have both wireless and LAN). Hope this helps! -Schmidtw
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  • Denny Cherry
    If you have the Cisco VPN software installed it shows an additional network connection.
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