A time may come when one of the computers on your home network goes down, and you have to reconnect the network settings. Rebuilding your network settings is a lot easier if you don’t have to start from scratch — you shouldn’t waste time trying to find the original documentation if you don’t have to. You can find the essential information you need to get in, set up the connection, and get out again by double-clicking the Network icon in the Control Panel. Then select each item and click Properties to see that item’s settings.

Print this form and fill in the name you've given each computer, it's network interface controller (NIC) brand and type, and the network components you've installed on each. Then keep this form in a safe place — just in case Murphy’s Law comes a-calling.

Computer 1

Computer name: ______________________________________________________________

NIC brand and type: ___________________________________________________________

Network components installed: ___________________________________________________

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Computer 2

Computer name: ______________________________________________________________

NIC brand and type: ___________________________________________________________

Network components installed: ___________________________________________________

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Computer 3

Computer name: ______________________________________________________________

NIC brand and type: ___________________________________________________________

Network components installed: ___________________________________________________

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