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Hardware profiles and Network settings

By wsmorr ·
I have recently installed Windows XP Professional on my laptop.
I want to create three separate hardware profiles with different network identification settings.

The first profile connects to a network using a domain controller with static IP.

The second profile would use a DSL connection to access the internet.

The third profile would use a cable modem attached to a home network to access the internet.

I can create the separate hardware profiles but need help with the network ID settings and the TCP/IP settings.

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by Xanderoth In reply to Hardware profiles and Net ...

If you use static IPs at any of the three locations, why dont you use "netsh int ip address" command to bind it to the adapter and then setup in the GUI the IP scheme and alternate config for your other two locations. Otherwise you will have to create multiple network adapters for your NIC and setup each scheme, then disable the others in each profile not being used.

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by NhlGreg In reply to Hardware profiles and Net ...

This is one area where Microsoft listened to users and added a great new feature to XP and Server 2003, called Alternate TCP/IP Configuration. To use it, do the following:
1 Go to Start | Control Panel | Network Connections.
2 Right click the icon for your wireless or wire connection and select Properties.
3 On the General tab, scroll down and double click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).
4 On the General tab, select Obtain an IP address automatically (this configures the computer for the network that uses DHCP).
5 Click the Alternate Configuration tab (this tab does not appear if you don't have the General tab configured as described in step 4).
6 Select the User configured option, then type in the TCP/IP information for the network that uses a static address (IP address, subnet mask, default gateway and preferred DNS and WINS servers).
7 Click OK twice to close the dialog boxes.
Now when the computer can't find a DHCP server (that is, when you're connected to the home network), it will use the alternate configuration information you entered.

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