Windows 8

Windows 8.1 Guide

Networking

Windows supports various network type connections whether it is by a standard ethernet connection, a wireless connection, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) or local connections via infrared, parallel or serial ports.

Connection wizard

Windows 8 or 8.1 supports a number of clients, services and protocols that can be assigned to a connection, for example:

Service: Client for Microsoft Networks (RPC Service)
Service: Service Advertising Protocol
Client: File and Print Sharing for Microsoft Networks
Client: QoS Packet Scheduler
Client: Client Service for Netware
Protocol: Microsoft Network Adapter Multiplexor Protocol
Protocol: Microsoft LLDP Protocol Driver
Protocol: Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper I/O Driver
Protocol: Link-Layer Topology Discovery Responder
Protocol: Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP)
Protocol: Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IP)
Protocol: Hyper-V Extensible Virtual Switch
Protocol: Reliable Multicast Protocol

The most common items used are Client for Microsoft Networks, File and Print Sharing and the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). The Client Service for Netware and IPX/SPX protocols are used for Novell Netware type networks. A protocol called Internet Protocol version 6 (TCP/IP) expands the number of possible IP numbers for clients from 4 billion (in version 4) to 32 undecillian (2^128) clients.

LAN Properties

If you are using Netware then it would be better to use Novell's official client , it is the Novell Client 2 with SP3 for Windows 8.

You can view your connection status easily by open Network and Sharing Center and click on the Local Area Connection link. It will show the connection speed, duration of connection, and how many packets have passed through it. Clicking on the Detauils tab will display the IP address information:

LAN Status

If using Windows in a Workgroup or a Domain, you can configure which workgroup or domain you belong to via the System control panel. Just click on the Computer Name tab and click the Change button to select and enter the workgroup or domain. You can then browse neighbouring computers via Explorer under Network.

Workgroup

If you open the Command Prompt, then you can use a number of commands to manipulate or display status of your network connection.

* IPConfig - Display TCP/IP information, release/renew IP address, Flush or display DNS cache, set or display dhcp class ids.
* NetSh - Network shell to configure connections, firewall, ras and routing
* NetStat - Displays protocol statistics and network connections
* NsLookup - Lookup up DNS names.
* Ping - test connection to another client.
* RpcPing - Test connections for Remote Procedure Calls.
* Route - display or configure network routes
* Net Statistics Workstation | Server - Display network statistics for SMB