days we are often blessed with the ability to just plug
our computer into any network and play. Although it seems
this way at first, it’s not quite so when it comes
to network drives, sending e-mail, accessing printers and
more. If you are not blessed with this type of environment
Moblie Net Switch can help out.
IP address settings area is where you can specify which
network cards are enabled (if you have more than one),
all of the IP address settings, whether to use DHCP or
Manual settings, and even advance settings like specifying
a DNS suffix.
Hosts section allows you to specify entries to your hosts
file that are available for a given profile. When a profile
is changed these elements are replaced as indicated by
the profile’s settings.
Internet section allows you to specify things such as
the default start up page in Internet Explorer as well
as the connection properties and when or when not to
use a dial-up connection. You can specify the dialing
location and associated properties for each profile.
Miscellaneous section was my personal favorite. In this
section you can setup the default printer, default MAPI
profile and default SMTP server. This is another one
of those things where you can go in and manually change
any of the specified settings with a few clicks and a
bit of typing (provided you can remember the correct
information). It is admittedly easier to just select
a profile and have it all happen automatically and without
Scripts section allows you to run specific scripts when
a certain profile is activated. This is typically for
the more advanced users, but there are often certain
scripts run to set up a network or tie into a specific
piece of hardware.
Net Switch contains several other miscellaneous options
such as ability to export settings and tie into various
security options. Once the program is installed it sits
in your system tray and launches the default profile.
Switching profiles is done with a simple right click
on the tray item and then, within moments, the computer
only thing I have not been able to do thus far is connect
to shared drives on my laptop from my home network, though
the reverse, connecting to the home machines from my
laptop, works just fine. This issue aside, I have found
Mobile Net Switch to be an indispensable utility. The
biggest pro is that for a small cost you can make moving
between networks painless. If you are a network hopper
and have even the slightest complaints about moving between
networks I think you’ll be well served by trying
out Mobile Net Switch.