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Chapter 22. Setting Up a Small Network > Customizing Your Network

Customizing Your Network

When you first open the Network Center, in most cases, you won’t have a profile set up for the network, so Vista configures the network with three default settings:

  • A default name, usually either Network or the SSID of the wireless network.

  • The network type, which depends on the network location you chose when you first connected to the network. (This might have occurred when you installed Vista.)

    Note

    Windows Vista supports three types of network categories: private, public, and domain. Private networks are usually home or small office networks where you need to work with a few nearby computers. To that end, Windows Vista turns on network discovery—a new feature that enables you to see other computers and devices on your network—and file and printer sharing. Public networks are usually wireless hotspot connections in airports, coffee shops, hotels, and other public places. When you designate a network as public, Vista turns off Network Discovery, and file and printer sharing. The domain category applies to networks that are part of a corporate domain.


  • A default network icon, which depends on the network location you chose when you first connected to the network. (In the miniature network map shown in Figure 22.9, the default Home icon is the one shown above Logophilia.)


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