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Pros and Cons to LAN Setting "Automatically Detect Settings"

Posted on 2011-09-30
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In Windows, regarding the Internet Options > Connections > LAN Settings > Automatically Detect Settings, what are the pros and cons to using it and not using it? Thanks!
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by:jbooz
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If you choose to automatically dectect setting it will grab in ip address from your DHCP server.  This is the most common way of doing things and probably the best.  Everytime you turn your computer on you may not have the same ip address, which is usually not a big deal.  However, if you have a network attached printer, switch, server, your would want a static ip address.  That is when you would put the ip address in yourself.  

So, for you pc I would recommend DHCP.  If you want to go the static click run cmd and open up the command prompt.  Type ipconfig /all this will give you all ur information to fill in the boxes for your static ip.  You can simply just change the last number in the ip address to get a new one.
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by:Neil Russell
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@jbooz

Did you read the question????

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Although old and for isa2004, read this to get a good understanding of How that works in the background.

In general it is just about Auto discovering your Proxy server and settings over the network.

It has NOTHING to do with your computers IP Address
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by:canalicomputers
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Neilsr, did you forget to include a link?
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Seems to have forgotten to include a link
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