I have a little Wired and Wireless LAN at home. I have cable internet, and the cable modem goes to a Wireless Router (LinkSys) The Router has 4 plugs in the back for Ethernet cables and of course the wireless antenae. I use 2 desktops that are directly connected to the router via Ethernet, and one Laptop that connects wirelessly.
Me and my wife are the only users.
I like to share everything between the computers and between the two users on each computer.
My question is about in the Network Connections window. I right-click on the Ethernet Adapter (on the desktops) and the Wireless Adapter (on the laptop) I choose Properties, then General tab, then TCP/IP out of the list, then Properties. There, I only see the General tab, now, I see Obtain IP Address Automatically is selected (I assume this is as per my installation of Windows XP when I was asked about Internet Connection and chose LAN and Left this settings in) But I want to know if there is any benefit to setting this option to "Use the Followin IP address" and the same for the "Use the Following DNS server addresses"
Now, please don't get too technical, I'm not a network expert. I Use the LAN basically to pass files between the computers, and share internet access (downloads, P2P, surfing, and email) I would obviously like the fastest settings, and security is a plus. I just don't know what the difference if any there would be.