Chapter 17
Mastering Dial-Up, Broadband, and
On-the-Go Networking
As our need for information increases, our use of networks and communications
has become increasingly important. Windows Vista allows greater flexibility and
options for managing network infrastructure, and gives more flexible options to
access networks than were previously available. This flexibility enhances support
for standard networking and wireless technologies, and fully supports the next gen-
eration of networks.
Many of us spend time on the road trying to make connections to the corporate net-
work, or even to our home network, to get information or files we need while away.
While some of us are not as well connected as the quintessential road warrior, many
of us require Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections, WiFi hotspot connectiv-
ity, or dial-up connections to get our email or download that specific information
from a file server located remotely. This chapter discusses the different aspects of
mobile computing with Windows Vista.
Configuring Dial-Up, Broadband, and On-the-Go
Do you remember the last time you were sitting in a hotel room trying to make a
remote connection to your corporate or home network? Windows Vista has eased
the pain of making remote connections to your network by offering much greater
flexibility in the ability to network. Windows Vista also offers many updated secu-
rity measures to protect your data when connecting to remote networks or when
gaining access to your critical data on an unsecured network.
Windows Vista allows you to make VPN connections, dial-up connections, wireless
connections, and broadband connections. When working with the network features
of your computer, you need to start with the Network and Sharing Center. You can
easily access the Network and Sharing Center by following these steps:
Configuring Dial-Up, Broadband, and On-the-Go Networking
1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
2. In the Control Panel, click Network and Internet and then click Network and
Sharing Center. This opens the Network and Sharing Center, shown in
Figure 17-1.
After you have opened the Network and Sharing Center, you can use the console to
manage your network settings, view your network status, and get an overview of
your networking configuration. The left pane of the console offers you different tasks
to choose from when managing your network features.
Your choices are:
View computers and devices
Connect to a network
Manage wireless networks
Set up a connection or network
Manage network connections
Diagnose and repair
Figure 17-1. Viewing your network and sharing settings

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