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Q: Conecting to several networks. ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Conecting to several networks.
Category: Computers > Wireless and Mobile
Asked by: turry-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 22 May 2004 12:03 PDT
Expires: 21 Jun 2004 12:03 PDT
Question ID: 350421
I have a laptop with WinXp-Pro.
I travel among 4 offices of my company with my laptop.
Offices are not interconected.

Each office has a different type of server configuration and software
(2 NT 4.0, 2 Linux Mitel).

Each network assigns me different IPs, subnet and gateway to connect
to the internet and network.

Each time I travel I need to reconfigure this paramenters in my laptop
accoridng to the location I want to hook up at.

Is there a way I can select the "profile" I want to use so I can enter
the info once only for each establishment ?.

I am the only user of the laptop, I want my "Profile" only to affect
my network parameters.

Request for Question Clarification by netcrazy-ga on 22 May 2004 16:24 PDT
Hello turry,
Aren't you using DHCP in your network settings to connect to different
networks? It seems to me that you are having static IP setup and
everytime you move to a different office, you need to change the setup
for that.

Also, are you trying to connect to the network via Wireless or cable?
Please clarify.


Clarification of Question by turry-ga on 22 May 2004 16:33 PDT
Hi Netcrazy,

On the two Linux-Mitel networks the IP is dynamic (DHCP).
On the two NT 4.0 networks the IP is static.

All my connectins are with cable.


Subject: Re: Conecting to several networks.
Answered By: netcrazy-ga on 23 May 2004 00:41 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hello turry,

After searching for your problem, I?ve come up with couple of options
that you may want to try to resolve this.


If you want to switch between 2 different networks, then Microsoft has
a solution for this.

"How to use the Alternate Configuration feature for multiple network
connectivity in Windows XP";en-us;283676

Automatic Configuration for Multiple Networks

Step by step instructions

This is also discussed here-

But if you need to connect to multiple networks, then here are some other options.


Using netsh utility to create multiple network configurations for XP-

You?ll have to create the text files when you are in different offices
and then after you?ve all the text files from all the different office
networks, then you can create batch files to execute whenever you
switch from one office to another. That simple :)

Installing a tool called as NetSwitcher-

"NetSwitcher is a great tool for mobile computer users. If you've ever
had to change your network settings every time you sit down at a
client's site or fumble with your IP address configuration every time
you plug into your home network, NetSwitcher is the tool for you."

V3.2.6 is compatible with Win95, Win98, Win ME, Win NT4, Windows 2000
Pro, and Windows XP Pro and Windows XP Home.

You can download this software from-

NetSwitcher support-

Here is a yahoo thread where a similar case has been discussed and
netswitcher was recommended -

You may be asked to join the group to view this thread. If you do not
wish to join, let me know and I'll post the information for you.

Another thread, on Google Groups, recommending NetSwitcher-

Search terms used ?
multiple network profile XP

multiple networks XP

Let me know if this fixed your problem. In case of any questions, feel
free to request for clarification.

turry-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Your answer is good and solved my problem.
I was just hoping for another way t do it.

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