Network Manager

I've tried netswitcher and multi-network manager but really haven't found a product I feel comfortable with yet. Can anyone reccomend an app that will

1. Change proxy settings:
2. Change ip address
3. Manage wireless cards (this is a biggie)
4. map network drives
5. run scripts

The apps I've tried don;t do a very good job with the wireless portion of things. It fights with the wireless zero config even though I told them to use the windows config. Thanks!!

IBM's app is amazing but it's propietary to their thinkpads i think.

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Are you talking about something that you can run on your laptop that will change your network configuration (particularly w/ regard to your list of 5 configuration items) with a single-click (or very few clicks ;-)?

Upon what OS do you need to software to run?

In any case, I must admit that if I understand your request, I'm rather short on answers.  I am certainly interested in viable responses to your question, as this is something that would be quite handy...


Rob WilliamsCommented:
Netswitcher is one of the most complete, or a less sophisticated method would be to create a batch file for each location, or for DHCP, click on it and it will make the necessary basic changes, as in the sample below. I don't believe you will find a method that deals with the wireless connections, however I would be interested to see one as well, it would be quite useful.

rem Reset network Settings for static IP
netsh interface ip set address name = "Local Area Connection" source = static addr = mask =
netsh interface ip set address name = "Local Area Connection" gateway = gwmetric = 1
netsh interface ip set dns name = "Local Area Connection" source = static addr =
netsh interface ip add dns name = "Local Area Connection" addr =
netsh interface ip show config

prlitAuthor Commented:
Yea, netswitcher is nice but doesn't manage wireless networks very well. If you're not quite sure what I'm talking about - has multi-network manager.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
prlit, did you end up finding something you were happy with other than Netswitcher?
I stumbled on this the other day and it looks great. Not only controls network configuration wired or wireless, as you requested, but also drive mappings, browser configuration, domain memberships, printer selection, etc.
"A (network) profile can be created for each location. With the click of a button the following settings can be modified instantly: IP Addressing (IP Address, Subnet mask, WINS, DNS, Default gateway), Internet Explorer and Firefox Proxy Server settings, Drive mappings, Internet Connection Firewall / Windows Firewall, ISA Server Firewall client 2000 and ISA Server Firewall client 2004, DNS Suffix, NetBIOS over TCP/IP, WiFi, WLan, Wireless Zero Configuration, WEP, WPA, WPA2, Internet Explorer Start Page, MAC Address, Dialup and VPN connection, Dialing rules, Default Printer, Mapi (Outlook) Profile, Time Zone, Outgoing SMTP mail server, Hosts file content, LMHosts file content, Sound volume, Sound mute, Wallpaper, Display Resolution, Numlock state, Restarting network cards, Enabling and disabling modems and more."

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prlitAuthor Commented:
Playing with it now. I'll let you know. Need to mess around with Wireless and Win2K.
Rob WilliamsCommented:
Let us know how you make out,
prlitAuthor Commented:
This software is amazing.
Rob WilliamsCommented:
Thanks prlit. It is the best I have seen to date.
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