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Hello

Using my Win XP laptop I connect to my work network using a fixed IP address and I connect to my home network using a dynamic IP address.  I also connect to public networks using a dynamic IP address.  I connect wirelessly to all networks.  At the moment I change my Network settings to suit whichever network I connect to.

I connect to my work network via a wireless access point.

How can I connect to my work network & a network with a dynamically assigned IP address without having to change network settings?  Ideally this needs to be seemless because my colleagues who will soon  connect in the same manner are not IT literate.  If this can be done without any additional software that would be my preference.

Many Thanks, Simon
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by:parkerig
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Hi Simon,

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

Cost is very cheap.

Cheers
Ian

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first,go to tcp/ip setting and change to obtain your ip automatically, you should see another page call alternate configurationon on the top, then set your static ip in there, hope this fixed your problem
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by:dramatix01
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For more information on botplus' excellent suggestion you may go here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/using/howto/networking/autoconfig.asp

Some things to keep in mind, though, that should be mentioned...  The alternate IP configuration option is only available in Windows XP so if your colleagues are using Windows 2000 or earlier then this will not work.  Also, you can only enter one alternate static configuration so, in the event that you need to connect to a network that uses static addressing other than your workplace, you will still need to manually configure your network settings.

To address the issue of IT challenged colleagues you may consider putting together a brief, wallet sized tutorial that walks them through changing their network settings.  I've done this before with great results and saved myself at least a few 10 minute phone calls from the same people!

Hope this helps!

Best regards,
Dave
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by:laxmicanth
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Hai

In windows XP go to contorl panel or on the righthand side of the taskbar double click on that then ,go to tcp/ip setting and change to obtain your ip automatically, then after that press o.k .you should see another page call alternate configurationon on the top, then set your static ip in there, hope this fixed your problem.
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by:l3v1
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use ipchanger (www.ipchanger.com) simple, easy, just does what you want
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