IN THIS CHAPTER
• The First Step: Rerun the
Network Connection Wizard
• Checking Connection Status
• Checking Network Utilization
• Repairing a Network
Connection
• Working with Network
Diagnostics
• Some Group Policy
“Problems”
• Troubleshooting General
Network Nuisances
• Cable Conundrums
• Troubleshooting Adapter
Afflictions
• More Sophisticated Tools
CHAPTER 24
Troubleshooting
Network Problems
The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory.
—Cicero
As you’ve seen in the two previous chapters, networking
is a complex, arcane topic that taxes the patience of all but
the most dedicated wireheads (an affectionate pet name
often applied to network hackers and gurus). There are so
many hardware components to deal with (from the
network adapter to the cable to the router to the hub) and
so many layers of software (from the device drivers to
the protocols to the redirectors to the network providers)
that networks often seem like accidents looking for a place
to happen.
If your network has become a notwork (some wags also
refer to a downed network as a nyetwork), this chapter
offers a few solutions that might help. I don’t make any
claim to completeness here, however. Most network ills are
a combination of several factors and are therefore relatively
obscure and difficult to reproduce. Instead, I’ll go through
a few general strategies for tracking down problems as well
as offer solutions for some of the most common network
afflictions.
The First Step: Rerun the Network
Connection Wizard
I mentioned in Chapter 22, “Setting Up and Accessing a
Small Network,” that the easiest and most reliable way to
set up a network in Windows XP is to launch the Network

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