How To: Add And Configure A Virtual Network Adapter(Microsoft Loopback Adapter) In Windows Vista
A virtual network adapter is a program in Microsoft Windows operating systems including Windows Vista (instead of a physical network adapter) that allows a computer to connect to a network. A virtual network adapter can also be used to connect all the computers on a local area network (LAN) to a larger network such as the Internet or a collection of LANs.A virtual network adapter(Microsoft Loopback adapter) can also be used with a virtual private network (VPN), which is a network that uses a public telecommunication infrastructure, such as the Internet, to provide remote offices or individual users with secure access to their organization’s network.We’re going to add and configure a virtual adapter(Microsoft Loopback adapter) to our Windows Vista computer:
To add a virtual network adapter(Microsoft Loopback adapter) in Windows Vista, use the following steps:
- In the Windows Vista Control Panel click on Add Hardware.
- In the Add Hardware Wizard, select “Yes, I have already connected the hardware” and click Next. Scroll down the list and click on “Add a new hardware device”.
- Select “Install the hardware that I manually select from a list”. From the hardware types, select Network Adapters and choose Microsoft Loopback Adapter.
- Go through the installation procedure.
The next step is to configure the new virtual adapter(Microsoft Loopback adapter) in Windows Vista.
- Go to Network Connections configuration panel.
- Right click on the Microsoft Loopback Adapter and select Properties.
- Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click on the Properties button.
- Check “Use the following IP address” option and enter the chosen IP address (e.g. 10.0.0.1) and the subnet mask (255.255.255.0). If you have a gateway and DNS servers in your network, enter them too.
- Click on the Advanced button and in the WINS tab, select “Disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP”.