Networking in Windows has never been easier than it is with Vista. And building a streamlined peer-to-peer network between computers running Windows Vista makes no exception to this rule. With Vista, Microsoft has evolved not only the protocol stack, but also the way users can manage network connectivity from the operating system.
That is why I spent a great deal of time putting together The Ultimate Guide to Windows Vista "Small" Networking. You will be able to access it in the Tips and Tricks section of Softpedia. And the title pretty much sums it up. It is a guide to building a small network based on Windows Vista computers.
The guide tackles two basic scenarios orbiting around Ethernet and Wireless networks and it deals with hubs, switches, routers and wireless access points. It will provide you with the necessary steps that need to be taken in order to set up a small network that is not centralized around a server.
Both Ethernet and Wireless technologies, depending on what king of resources you have at your disposal, have received extensive focus from Microsoft and the configuration process is accessible even to the most basic users.
After reading the guide, you should be perfectly able to build a peer-to-peer network between two Vista machines via a crossover cable, or to set up a small network with a router, or a wireless connection through a wireless access point and even an Ad Hoc wireless temporary connection.
You will also be able to access some very helpful information about the Network and Sharing Center the IPv4 and Ipv6 and Internet Connection Sharing.