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

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Configuring Local Area Connections

A local area connection is created automatically if a computer has a network adapter and is connected to a network. If a computer has multiple network adapters and is connected to a network, you’ll have one local area connection for each adapter. If no network connection is available, you should connect the computer to the network or create a different type of connection, as explained in the Managing Local Area Connections section of this chapter.

Computers use IP addresses to communicate over TCP/IP. Windows Vista provides the following ways to configure IP addressing:

  • Manually. IP addresses that are assigned manually are called static IP addresses. Static IP addresses are fixed and don’t change unless you change ...

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