Having to connect to several networks with one computer can be time consuming in some instances, especially if the networks have specific connection requirements that need to be applied to the local computer whenever the network connection needs to be switched.
An automated solution can be beneficial to the user, as it offers to change to a different network profile in seconds.
NetCon Manager is a basic program for the job. It can be used to create different network profiles like the previously reviewed TCP Profiles Manager. Basic in this regard means that it only offers a basic set of parameters per profile.
The supported parameters include the local IP address, subnet mask, gateway and DNS servers. It is in this regard inferior to Quick Config which offers to change additional settings such as the hosts file, computer name, workgroup and domain memberships or the default system printer.
New profiles can be created, deleted and activated in the main interface of the program. Each profile uses the aforementioned values.A comfortable option is the ability to load the current configuration for the active network connection, which can save some typing.
To change the network settings the user would either have to click on the change network settings button in the program interface, or right-click on the system tray icon of the program and pick the desired network profile from the list of all available profiles.
Netcon Manager can be configured to run at Windows system start. The free program may prove useful for some users. An overview of the program's features and options is available at the developer website.
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