Chapter 14: Setting Up Your Network
Viewing the Network Map
When network discovery is enabled, you can use the Network Map to display an
expanded view of your network. As Figure 14-7 shows, the expanded Network Map
view includes your computer, the computers near your computer, and the devices
near your computer. You can access the Network Map by following these steps:
1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
2. In the Control Panel, click Network and Internet and then click Network and
3. In the Network and Sharing Center, under Network Map, click “View full map.”
4. If your computer has more than one network connection, use the “Network map
of” list to select the network connection for which the map should be created.
On the Network Map, you’ll see solid lines connecting the selected network connec-
tion to your network devices. You may also see dashed lines to other devices for
alternative connections. If there’s a problem with a particular segment of your con-
nection, you’ll see a red X on the connecting line. Clicking the red X works the same as
when you click the “Diagnose and repair” option in the Network and Sharing Center.
Viewing and Managing Your Network Connections
Network connections contain the configuration properties that allow your computer
to connect to a network. Windows Vista automatically creates a local area connec-
tion for each network adapter you’ve configured. As you configure dial-up, broad-
band, or wireless, Windows Vista will create related connections as well.
You can quickly obtain a list of network connections for your computer by complet-
ing the following steps:
Figure 14-7. Viewing a Network Map