If there is one thing I hate doing the most is walking people through IP address setup’s. In my company all of our machines are given static IP’s right out of the box. It helps us with tracking and auditing. A lot of users take their laptops home to use on their home networks in the evenings.
End users being what they are – They delete the IP information we have assigned them to revert to obtain an IP address automatically. What these users don’t know is that they will be unable to put the settings back (unless of course they wrote them down – YEAH RIGHT!).
If you have a user that often winds up in this predicament than this is the app for them! Similarly if you ‘re looking for a quick way to change connection settings you might want to get it as well. It sits in your system tray and does not use much memory. It is also free for non-commercial usage.
NetSetMan interface has two sections. The main one is where you can set and view your network settings and then there is the one on the left. You will quickly see the 6 tabs for different network setups.
This is the guts of the application. Here you get to store your IP, Subnetmask, Default Gateway and DNS information. You can also optionally choose DHCP for an auto-configured network. You can see by pressing the drop down arrow next to your network adapter you can do the same thing for ANY adapter connected to your machine.
Now the author has also decided to throw in some “Additional” options regarding your connection like allowing you to change the PC name you want to use, among others. I don’t really have a need for this but hey you might. You never know right!
The last option under the Additional tab is Scripts – this is great because it allows you to run a custom script before or after connection. This can be especially helpful for opening files or mapping shares when connecting to specific networks.
And don’t forget the quick network information you can pull by simply holding your mouse over the systray icon.
You will see this:
I have tried many times to do this with pure batch files and scripting but it just never worked out. What about you guys do you have some networking magic that you care to share with us? Put us on it the comments!