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At work, my LAN connection has a static IP.  When I take my laptop home, my LAN connection is DHCP.  It is a bit of hassle to have to retype the static info everytime I go into the office.  I have tried the Alternate IP tab, but it is usually slow to connect.  It there a way to create network profiles in windows 7 that I can toggle between depending on the location I am at?
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You can enter an alternative configuration without third party software very easily. Open control panel and open the network and sharing center. Click "Change Adapter Settings" and right click on your network adapter and click properties. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP /IPv4) and click properties. Click on the "Alternate Configuration" tab and click User Configured. You can then set the static settings that you want for your work network. Keep the general settings as Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically.

With this configuration, it will take about 10-20 seconds after connecting on your work network to realize that there is no DHCP communication going on, but after it doesn't detect DHCP, it will switch over to the alternate configuration.
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