Warriors, system administrators, and anybody who travels
between networks listen up. When taking my laptop to different
office locations, be they home, or otherwise, one of my
biggest complaints is that each environment is unique.
With the added security in some environments this is even
more of a pain than before. So what happens when you have
five mapped drives, a unique SMTP server, hosts files,
and different Internet settings at work than you do in
a remote office or your home office? Well if you have figured
out an effective easy solution, kudos, but if it is not
easy and quick or you're still struggling with this situation,
Plug and Browse seems to be a useful tool for mobile users
who frequently need to change their Network Connection
and Browse certainly implies ease of use. You plug it
in and go, but really how easy is it? Configuring one’s
computer for an environment can be difficult and having
to change it each time you enter a new environment is
no small task. Plug and Browse eliminates much of this
need with an extremely easy interface and approach. Once
a system is configured, launch Plug and Browse and ask
it to Create a New Location. After you give the new location
a name and a nifty icon, Plug and Browse does the rest,
recording all of the network, Internet and system settings
required for you to access the resources in your current
location. Then, move on to your next location, set up
your computer, create the new location in Plug and Browse
and you are now one click away from having your computer
automatically configured for either of the two environments.
Now if that isn't simplicity, I am not sure what is.
course there are always times when things go wrong or
there are those types of people who want to look under
the hood. While Plug and Browse does attempt to automate
almost everything, you can still edit individual configurations
and manually update or change any of the profile settings.
Also, from time to time your configurations might change,
but then you need to just make the changes and ask Plug
and Browse to update the profile.
and Browse interface is broken down into Common and Advanced
Tasks as well as Help. Help is kept simple and includes
a nice online tutorial that walks you through the key steps.
Your Common Tasks are viewing locations that you've created,
and activating, creating, renaming or deleting locations.
The Advanced Tasks allow you to edit, copy, or update a
location as well as adjust the activation and configuration
options for Plug and Browse.
a location will show you all the options that Plug and
Browse can configure. The network connections cover all
of your network settings for network cards, be it IP settings,
DNS, WINS configuration and so on. You can adjust your
Windows XP firewall settings. The Internet Explorer options
are particularly useful to programmers as not only can
you set the normal stuff like home page and proxy servers,
but you can also modify and store any of the advanced Internet
Explorer options like debugging and security settings.
drives are covered, with the entire folder and account
information stored with each drive. This is great for those
situations where you have a unique login for the drive
in question. The General section provides setting for time
zones, SMTP server, dialing locations and default printers.
The scripts section allows you to specify that certain
scripts are run after or before activation of a profile.
Finally, you can set where shortcuts will appear on your
system to easily activate an option. Like the Quick launch
toolbar, start menu or desktop, you pick!
with Plug and Browse was not quite perfect. I did have
some particular problems with a DNS configuration error
and proper connection of my remote drives which required
a user name and password. However, on the bright side,
I was able to export my log file and settings, send it
to the technical support team who promptly provided the
help I needed, which was to reinstall the application and
change a setting. With these adjustments I was up and working
and Browse takes a difficult task and makes it easy. Careful
thought has gone into the interface along with considerations
for the number of folks out there who travel, but rely
on their network administrators to configure their system.
If you are one of them, this program is for you. In a short,
the many minutes in your day and the simple frustration
of not having access to a printer can now be eliminated.
The program really does live up to its name. With Plug
and Browse you will quite literally be plugging and browsing
like a network pro.