Features of Network Adapter in Windows® 7
Are you aware of the role of network adapter in Windows 7?
Windows 7 operating system from Microsoft is one of the latest and most advanced operating system that supports 64-bit data processing. The versatility of the OS allows the user to tune the system to serve multiple purposes simultaneously. The networking options that are featured in the Windows 7 allow the user to connect with different types of networks using the available network cards. The network cards or network adapters are system hardware components that allow the system to connect with supported types of networks. Windows 7 supports both wired and wireless networking and hence is having excellent compatibility with most types of wired and wireless network cards. The network card plays the role of a translator between the incoming network signal and the computer’s OS as the OS will not be able to communicate directly with the available network without the help of the supported network card. The users are therefore advised to always maintain the functionality of the network cards in Windows 7 as they are very much essential for keeping up the connectivity of the system.
The points discussed below will help the users to configure the network adapter in Windows 7 system:
- Install drivers
- Setting up the network
- Connecting with network
Installing the most up-to-date versions of the right drivers for different types of network cards integrated in your system is the first step involved in configuring the network adapter in Windows 7. The right types and versions of the drivers should be downloaded and installed in the system to facilitate the proper working of the network card. The users are advised to download the drivers only from the support website of the system manufacturer due to security reasons.
Setting up the network
Installing the right drivers for the network adapter will allow the users to configure the settings of the adapter in order to match up with the available type of network. After connecting with the available network, the users can access the adapter settings in ‘network and sharing centre’ menu of the Windows 7 Control Panel. Making necessary changes in the networking tab of the adapter in relation with the type of connected network will allow the users to start an error-free connection.
Connecting with network
Windows 7 will automatically acquire the information or parameters like IP, DNS etc from the connected network after setting up the adapter in relation with the network type. Once your system is connected with the available network, the users will be asked to select the network location type to confirm the location or type of the network that the system is connected with. The Windows 7 will configure the network security settings like the firewall policies in accordance with the network location and type selected by the users. Selecting the right type and location of the connected network allows the Windows 7 to provide you with the best possible security setting for protecting the system from online threats.
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