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Windows Vista™ Administrator's Pocket Consultant by William R. Stanek

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Configuring Networking for Laptops

Most laptops need more than one network configuration: one for the office and one for home (and maybe another for when the user is traveling). At the office, the laptop uses a dynamic Internet Protocol (IP) address and network settings that are assigned by a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server. At home, the laptop uses a static IP address and different network settings to communicate on a network and access a shared printer and broadband Internet device. In some cases, a laptop might need to be configured to make a Wi-Fi connection using a Wi-Fi adapter card with a static IP configuration when the user is away from his or her desk; and it might need a DHCP configuration when the laptop is physically ...

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