I have a Windows 7 computer that will be offline except for a modem connection.

From a previous question I have worked around an error setting up the Incoming Connection. (The RemoteAccess service could not start unless a network connection was already established)

However when I remove the network connection and reboot, the connection does not persist. From the previous answer, I'm hoping that if I can find a way to intialize the TCP stack when the computer boots up, despite there being no network connection available, my modem's Incoming Connection will show up as a network connection and I'll be able to dial in.

How to get the stack to initialize properly, or how to otherwise work around this problem?


You should be able to add a loopback adapter to the machine to enable the functionality you're looking for:

  • Start / hdwwiz.exe
  • Choose "Install the hardware that I manually select from a list (Advanced)"
  • Choose "Network adapters"
  • Choose "Microsoft" in the "Manufacturer" pane and "Microsoft Loopback Adapter" in the "Network Adapter:" pane
  • Complete the installation

Once the loopback adapter is installed you may need to assign a static IP address to get the functionality you're looking for w/ Routing and Remote Access.

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    Glad I could help! Loopback adapters are useful things. – Evan Anderson Oct 7 '14 at 18:36

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