Whenever you move your notebook from one network to another, you have to go
through the hassle of changing all network settings. Connection Manager Pro
saves you this trouble by managing your connections and automatically loading
your network settings whenever you switch between networks. Connection Manager
creates a new automatic profile whenever a user connects to a new network and
saves these profile settings for future use. Each profile stores information
about the network types, IP settings (IP address, DNS server, Gateway, Proxy,
etc), default printers and
e-mail configuration. Here it doesn't matter what kind of network you are
connecting through, ie if you connect to Wi-Fi network it will create a profile
for WiFi. Similarly if you connect through your cellphone, it will create a
profile which has your cellphone's settings. Whenever a match is found between
the available network and a stored profile, Connection Manager can automatically
load the stored profile. You can also manually switch between the unlimited
profiles that it lets you manage.
Connection Manager Pro also provides support for connectivity options like
GPRS, CDMA and EDGE. For wireless connections it also manages standard security
parameters such as SSID, WEP & WPA code. Windows XP Firewall Management,
third Party VPN support and connection
monitor are its other features.
Configure and use
Connection Manager can run on Win 2000/XP. Once installed, it sits on the system
tray. If you want to create a new profile manually, click on 'manage your
profiles' from the main window on the interface. Click on new profile. Here a
wizard will ask you for some information such as name of profile, connection
type and creating group of users that exist on that notebook.
|Switch between network profiles, launch mail and Web browser; monitor your network connections at the click of a button
Next you will get two options of either using the existing connection or
adding new connection. If you want to add a new connection, it has another
configuration wizard window. Click on Add to add a new connection. A pop up will
appear asking you whether you want to connect through ISDN, DSL or a cellular
device. Choosing an option will pop up another wizard, which will then let you
configure its settings. Similarly, to configute your VPN settings, on the main
screen, click on 'Customize your settings' and then select 'Current
profile properties' in the menu displayed. Now click on the Connections tab
and choose the connection on which you want to enable VPN and then click on
Configure. In the new window that opens, click on the 'Virtual Private Network'
tab and select 'Use Microsoft Virtual Private Network'. You can connect and
disconnect connections manually, from the main console of Connection Manager.