Alternate configurations for Wireless LAN connection without rebooting?
Posted on 2004-08-06
I recently purchased a Netgear WG511 card for use with my Windows2000 laptop.
While the overwhelming majority of the network infrastructures that I'll be using this to connect with utilize DHCP, and for them this card works like a charm, ONE network I wish to use it with does not use DHCP. In this ONE network's case, I have to have my card already configured with an IP address/Gateway/Mask/DNS server choice and so on.
While cumbersome, manipulating that configuration in WindowsXP is fairly simple. But doing so in Windows2000 requires a reboot before the changes (to static IP and back to DHCP) take effect. NOT exactly the way I'd like to take this machine.
Upgrading to WindowsXP is not feasible at this time or in the near future. Its not even clear that the laptop in question, build in 2000, would even support WindowsXP.
Is there a way I can create ANOTHER network connection, bound to the same network interface and having the same protocols bound to it, but with the TCP/IP configuration explicitly set up in advance. And then, when inserting the wireless card, have Windows2000 prompt me for WHICH of the two configurations I wish to use?