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In reality, this rarely works as it should. If anything, it's more of a red flag when troubleshootingnetwork issues. If a host has an IP address in the range of 169.254.0.0, then you know something is wrong and it isn't obtaining an IP address from the DHCP server. Alternate IP Address 3:28-3:56 One final configuration method is an alternate IP address. With the alternate configuration, you configure the host to use DHCP. However, you also create a static configuration and manually enter an IP address, subnet mask, default gateway and other parameters. The host will first use DHCP to obtain an IP address lease. If DHCP fails, the host will then use the alternate configuration instead of using APIPA. This can be used as a more stable failsafe than APIPA.
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Summary 3:57-4:16 So those are the different TCP/IP configuration methods. Know that practically all hosts are configured to use DHCP by default. This is because it's the easiest and most effective method of managing TCP/IP configurations. And remember while APIPA is meant as a failsafe, it's best used as an indicator that something is wrong with the network connection. Configuring TCP/IP Properties 0:00-0:08 In this demonstration, we're going to talk about how to configure networking on a Windows workstation. Hardware Settings for the Network Adapter 0:09-2:18 There's several different parameters you need to be concerned with. In this demo we're going to first look at configuring hardware settings for the network adapter, we're going to look at configuring the system host name, and then we're going to look at configuring TCP/IP properties. So let's begin by looking at configuring adapter hardware settings. To do this I need to go into Device Manager. I'll right click on the Windows icon and then select Device Manager. I'll expand Network Adapters, and then I'll select my network adapter right here, right click and go to Properties. Probably one of the most important fields in this interface is this one right here on the General tab under Device Status. If this says the device is working properly, you know that the network board is at least capable of being configured. If you see an error message here, you might as well not worry about anything else until you get that problem fixed. Maybe you need to install a new driver for the adapter, you might even need to replace the adapter itself, because my experience has been that over time network adapters do fail eventually. Also I want to point out the Advanced tab. Now on the Advanced tab, there are many different hardware settings you can configure for the network adapter. And usually the default values assigned to these settings work just fine. You usually don't need to change them. However, there may be rare occasions when you do, specifically the speed and duplexing property. This determines how fast the network link is, and whether duplexing is going to be used on the link. We come over here with speed and duplex selected, and click on the drop down list. You can see that by default it is set for auto-negotiation.
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