Windows® Vista Network Settings
How to configure network settings in Windows Vista® PC?
The default network settings in Windows Vista® produce a working network environment with minimal effort. You can modify the network settings in Windows Vista®. To configure Windows Vista® network settings, you first need to visit Windows Vista® 'Network & Sharing Center'. You need to set-up a work group name. The workgroup name is strictly an organizational tool, which Windows® uses to group computers and shared resources on the same network. You can configure the workgroup name to refer your organization or your family. You can then configure the IP settings, proxy settings, mapped drives, default printer, wallpaper, and screen resolution. It uses TCP/IP protocol architecture to set-up networks.TCP/IP defines the language that your computer uses to communicate with other PC. You can use automated Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) to automatically assign Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to the computers on your network.
The things to be kept in mind while configuring network settings in Windows Vista® are:
- Install necessary hardware
- Choose the Network Protocol
- Remove unnecessary Protocols
Install necessary hardware
When you set-up a network connection, you need to install necessary hardware for it. Installing network adapters in computers is mandatory for putting them in a network. Network adapters are used to connect your computer to a network. These are an integral part to set-up a network. You will have to choose a Network Interface Card apart from the adapter. The NIC should have a UTP connection port.
Choose the Network Protocol
TCP stands for Transmission Control Protocol. It enables a system to identify and communicate with different computers over a network. It is considered to be highly efficient as well as secure. You would be asked to key in the IP address of your machine along with some other parameters. Once these attributes are entered, you will be registered to the database of the network.
Your system might be registered to some protocols other than the standard TCP/IP. In order to avoid browsing problems in the network, it is advised that you remove all other protocols from the settings tab. It is better to completely remove them rather than just disabling them. You can access this by going to the Network Settings in the Control Panel.