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By Sue T ·
A couple of our people have to move between different buildings in our district and they would like to use their laptops in those buildings to print and get email. We use static IPs assigned to each computer. I realize I will have to give them an IP for each building so they will be able to access the network but is there a way to set up the laptops for several IPs so that when they are leaving one building they can just activate the IP and gateway info for the building they are going to so when they restart the computer in the next building they will connect. I am looking for the simplest way to do this so they do not have any problems. The laptops are running Windows 98se and are not equipped with wireless so they will be physically connecting in each building.

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by SyscoKid In reply to changing IP addresses

Check out Netswitcher:

http://www.netswitcher.com/product_info.htm

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by Sue T In reply to changing IP addresses

This looks to be a good product and if I wasn't able to do this for free I would use it but this years budget is tight so I am saving where ever possible. Thank you.

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by dustyD In reply to changing IP addresses

Create a new profile on the laptops to be used in the other building. Add a new network connection using the IP address you want to assign for that bldg.

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by dustyD In reply to changing IP addresses

Do this from System Prop, Hardware, Hardware Profiles. Use your existing profile to copy, then configure the network connection with the appropriate IP.
This is THE SIMPLEST WAY.

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by Cactus Pete In reply to changing IP addresses

If the laptop uses a PCMCIA NIC, and if you have the right OS , you may be able to define properties for the network settings when the card is in either the upper or lower slot. Simply putting the card in theother slot when in transit to the other building will then take on the other IP. I think this was a TechRepublic article a year or so ago.

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by Cactus Pete In reply to changing IP addresses

Found the article... http://www.techrepublic.com/article.jhtml?id=r00320020813boy01.htm&src=search [remove any added spaces]

Also read the discussions that followed this article - they have several other suggestions.

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by Cactus Pete In reply to changing IP addresses

Along the lines that sgt was speaking... You could use the "reg" utility with reg update in a batch file.

But you could also do this:

Run regedit and export the appropriate registry file [call it settings1.reg]. Now change the IP settings, go back to regedit and export the file again [saving it as settings2.reg].

When you want to change to the other building, just double click the appropriate reg file. Note, depending on the OS, you may need to reboot, or at least restart services.[You can add this whole thing into a batch file, making it easier for the user.]

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by Sue T In reply to changing IP addresses

Thank you for you comment on how to use the registry to achieve what I need to do.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to changing IP addresses

this is rude and crude but cheap (since you say you are working at a school?) you could save a registry snippet for each IP address and put batch file on desktop to merge new ip address...lame but just thought i'd pitch it out there...

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