Learn Windows XP Professional in 15 Minutes a Week: NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol Page 4

You can manually configure the frame type you wish to use by right clicking the adapter you want to configure and going to the properties page.

On the General tab of the property page for the adapter you would select the NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol and click the Properties button.

On the General tab of the property page for the protocol you can manually select a frame type from the drop down window in the Adapter section.

[NOTES FROM THE FIELD] - Windows XP does not require you to restart the computer after you change the frame type MOST of the time. What you may find that you need to do is to Disable and then Enable the network adapter to finalize all the settings, as the system may not have "let go" of the auto-configured frame type. When it is practical, you should restart the system. If you have connectivity issues with the newly set frame type, or even other currently installed protocols, you're not going to be able to be sure where to start troubleshooting if you haven't rebooted the system.

On Ethernet networks, the standard frame type for NetWare 2.2 and NetWare 3.11 is 802.3. For NetWare 3.12 and later, the default is 802.2.

The different network topologies and the frame types supported by NWLink are outlined in the table below.

Ethernet supports Ethernet II, 802.3, 802.2, and Subnetwork Access Protocol (SNAP), which defaults to 802.2
Token Ring supports 802.5 and SNAP
Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) supports 802.2 and SNAP

That's a wrap for this week. Be sure to check back next week for the next article in this series.

In the meantime, best of luck in your studies and please feel free to contact me with any questions on my column and remember,

"Married people may in fact live longer than single people, but it seems that they are more willing to die."

Jason Zandri

This article was originally published on Oct 24, 2002
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