TCP/IP is a complex set of protocols (I've really only scratched the surface here), but the good news is that it's much easier to implement than it is to understand. With this chapter's background information in hand, after you've installed the protocol, configuring a computer to use TCP/IP becomes a simple matter of plugging in a few values. Here's what you need to know before getting started:
Whether your network or ISP uses dynamic IP addressing.
If dynamic addressing isn't used, the IP address that has been assigned to your computer and the appropriate subnet mask for your network.
The IP address of your network's default gateway.
The host name of your computer and the domain name of your network.
Whether your ...