Chapter 7. Networking, Wireless, and Mobility

Windows Vista is the first version of Windows developed at a time when networking, via home networks, corporate networks, and the Internet, has become truly ubiquitous. Because of that, it was designed from the ground up with networking in mind. In addition, Windows Vista has many built-in features designed for mobile computing, which is particularly important because laptop computers have become as common as desktops.

This chapter covers all aspects of networking and mobility, from basic networking terminology and setup to configuring and managing wired and wireless networks, sharing files and resources, using Windows Vista's built-in networking applications such as Windows Meeting Space, using mobile features, and finally, using Windows Vista's many useful command-line networking tools.

Here is an alphabetical reference of entries in this chapter:

Change Workgroup or Domain

Network and Sharing Center

Presentation Settings

Connect to a Network

Network Connection Properties (Includes Wired and Wireless Connections)

Remote Desktop Connection

Connection Manager Profile Installer

Network Connection Status


Create Shared Folder

Network Map

Set Up a Connection or Network


Network Projector

Sync Center



Tablet PC

Manage Network Connections

Offline Files


Manage Wireless Networks

Pen and Input Devices

Virtual Private Network

Mobile PC Control Panel

People Near Me

Windows Defender


Phone and Modem Options

Windows Firewall


Phone Dialer

Windows IP Configuration



Windows Meeting Space

Network and Internet Control Panel

Power Options

Windows Mobility Center

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