Supported Connection Types
Windows 7 supports both outgoing and incoming network connections. For outgoing connections, the computer running Windows 7 acts as a client that connects to a remote computer, server, or network to access remote resources. For incoming connections, Windows 7 acts as a server to allow other computers to connect to the computer and access resources on it.
Outgoing Connection Types
As Windows Vista did before it, Windows 7 supports a number of different types of outgoing (client-side) network connections:
LAN or high-speed Internet connections Connections to an Ethernet LAN or broadband router providing high-speed access to the Internet. LAN connections are computer-to-network connections that Windows creates automatically ...