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Hello. I have a new Vista based laptop at work that connects to a Windows 2003 Small Business Server at work via an assigned, static IP address. When I take the laptop home, I have router that assigns a dynamic IP address. The only way I can get the machine to function correctly at work and at home is to physically change the settings in Control Panel each time I connect. When at home, I tell the machine to obtain address automatically. When I return to work the next day, I have to type in all of the various settings again. I have tried to set up the internet protocol so that it Obtains IP Address automatically (on the primary page) and then type in my work settings in the "alternate" section, but it does not connect to the internet when I am at work. My work settings MUST be in the first page. Please help.
Apr 27 '07 #1
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Hello. I have a new Vista based laptop at work that connects to a Windows 2003 Small Business Server at work via an assigned, static IP address. When I take the laptop home, I have router that assigns a dynamic IP address. The only way I can get the machine to function correctly at work and at home is to physically change the settings in Control Panel each time I connect. When at home, I tell the machine to obtain address automatically. When I return to work the next day, I have to type in all of the various settings again. I have tried to set up the internet protocol so that it Obtains IP Address automatically (on the primary page) and then type in my work settings in the "alternate" section, but it does not connect to the internet when I am at work. My work settings MUST be in the first page. Please help.
Greetings, hscott93!

You should ask your boss, IT director, or Network Admin if you can get a Virtual Private Nework (VPN) to connect to your work's network. You are playing with fire if you are hoping to connect using a static IP to see your establishment's network. Unless, of course, your boss does not worry about security.

Dököll
Apr 28 '07 #2

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I would keep two connections, one for at home and one for at the office. Disable and enable whichever you please, you keep all the settings
May 8 '07 #3

Purple
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I would suggest changing your home router to mimic the ip range of your work network and if you need automatically assigned ip addresses for others in your house, create a dhcp range on your home router that excludes your laptops ip address..

Purple
May 11 '07 #4

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