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Chapter 22. Setting Up a Small Network > Working with Network Connections

Working with Network Connections

Windows Vista maintains a Network Connections window that lists all your network connections, including wired, wireless, dial-up, and virtual private network (VPN) connections. Each network interface card (NIC) attached to your computer gets its own connection icon in the list, and you can use those icons to work with your network connections. Follow these steps to display the Network Connections window and work with a connection:

1.
Open the Network and Sharing Center, as described earlier.

2.
Click the Manage Network Connections link. Vista displays the Network Connections window, shown in Figure 22.13.

Figure 22.13. Use the Network Connections feature to modify your wired or wireless network connections.


3.
Select the network connection you want to work with.

4.
Modify your network settings using any of the following techniques (note that in some cases you need to enter your UAC credentials to complete the task):

  • Renaming a connection— Windows Vista supplies each connection with a generic name such as Local Area Connection and Wireless Network Connection. To assign a more descriptive name to the selected connection, press F2 (or click Rename this Connection in the taskbar), type the new name, and press Enter.

  • Installing a networking client, service, or protocol— You shouldn’t need extra networking components in a small peer-to-peer network. Just in case you do, you can install them by right-clicking the network connection, clicking Properties (or click Change Settings of this Connection in the taskbar), and then clicking Install.

  • Checking the network status— To see the network activity and details such as your current IP address, right-click the connection and then click Status (or click View Status of this Connection in the taskbar).

  • Diagnosing a network problem— If you’re having network problems, Vista offers a network diagnostics tool that can examine the connection and offer solutions. Right-click the connection and then click Diagnose (or click Diagnose this Connection in the taskbar). For more details, see “Diagnosing Network Problems” in Chapter 23.

  • Disabling a connection— If you have multiple NICs and want to disable one that you don’t use, right-click its connection and then click Disable (or click Disable This Network Device in the taskbar). You can enable this connection in the future by right-clicking it and then clicking Enable (or by clicking Enable This Network Device in the taskbar).


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