Last night seven Koreans and two Americans crammed into a tiny dorm room, set up a switch, and played some serious StarCraft in a makeshift PC bang. I was one of the Americans. I was also "that guy." You know. That one guy at a LAN party who can never quite get his computer working properly? Yeah. As if being the only Terran player didn't single me out enough already.
So, Windows 7 seems to be having issues connecting to a switch and seeing everyone else on it. It kept acting like it was trying to get an IP address and connect to the internets, even though the switch didn't have internet access. I couldn't see anyone else in the equivalent of the network places window, and I couldn't see any games anyone else made. This was after properly configuring the Windows firewall and eventually completely disabling it. It didn't make a difference whether my wifi was enabled or not.
I finally loaded up Ubuntu (my main OS) and set NetworkManager to "Local-Link Only" in the IPv4 settings. After that, I could see shared folders on other people's machines and play the game in Wine (although Wine doesn't run the game as smoothly as Windows, and for some reason it acts like the shift key is always held down. Not being able to click on the map is a pretty severe handicap.)
So. Does anyone know how to configure Windows 7 to play nicely with network switches?
I haven't had this issue, so just throwing out ideas so you can shoot them down. In 'network and sharing center' what is your connection type? It should be set to 'home', if set to 'public' then it kills all network discovery/sharing.
First thing, what's the IP you're getting? Does the switch have DHCP or do you have to set a static IP? As long as DHCP is there, it should just be plug and play. So I'm willing to bet it's an IP address conflict somewhere.
Don't know; I didn't think to write down the IP address. My university requires that everyone use dynamic IPs when connecting to resnet, and most people don't bother to change it for LAN parties. I don't think anyone else did any additional network config; most of them were using XP. IIRC Windows 7 was just calling the network "Unidentified."
This might very well be the case. It was set to "public" automatically and I couldn't figure out how to set it to home. I did try to set access for public networks as wide open as possible, but I'm not very experienced with Windows Vista+ networking. Google reveals that clicking the "Public network" text brings up a dialog to change it. Maybe that's it?