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Chapter 22. Setting Up a Small Network > Turning Network Discovery On or Off

Turning Network Discovery On or Off

A new networking feature implemented in Vista is network discovery, an on/off setting that determines whether other computers on the network can see your computer and whether you can see them. In a public network, network discovery is turned off, which makes sense because you probably don’t want other users in the coffee shop to see your computer. On the other hand, in a private network or domain, you want to see other computers (and have them see you), so network discovery is turned on.

However, there might be times when the default network discovery setting doesn’t work for you. For example, there may be one computer in a private network that you don’t want others to see (it might contain sensitive information). Similarly, you and a friend might want to see each other’s computers in a public setting so that you can perform a quick file exchange.


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