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Using Windows XP's Networking Features 374 Understanding the Network Connections The Network Connections window that I mentioned in the previous section is one of those things that you may never need. However, if you have a problem with a connection or want to change some settings, you'll need to be at least familiar with its contents. No matter what your configuration, you should see an icon named Local Area Connection that represents the current computer's network connection (see Figure 31.3). Figure 31.3. The Network Connections window has icons for your various connections. The other icons you see in the Network Connections window depend on whether your computer or network has Internet access. · No Internet access--In this case, you probably won't see any other icons in the Network Con- nections window. · Direct Internet access (dial-up)--In this case, you also see a Dial-up group that has an icon representing your dial-up Internet connection (see Figure 31.3). · Direct Internet access (high-speed)--In this case (and somewhat confusingly), you'll see a sec- ond Local Area Connection icon in the LAN or High-Speed Internet group. Note that this icon's name may have a number, as well (such as Local Area Connection 2). · Internet access via Internet Connection Sharing--In this case, you'll see an Internet Gateway group that has an icon that represents the shared Internet connection on the other network computer (see Figure 31.3). Here are some notes about working with these icons: · Checking the status of the connection--Double-click an icon to see its current status, including the current connection speed and the amount of time the connection has been active. · Disabling a connection--If you no longer need to use a connection, you can disable it by se- lecting File, Disable. (Select File, Enable to bring back the connection.) · Repairing a connection--If the connection seems to be stuck, select File, Repair to have Win- dows XP try to fix the problem.