|Very few of us today sit at our desks all day.
If we're not traveling across the country we're traveling
across campus or moving to a conference room. And getting
connected in the office, at home, in the dorm or at a coffee
shop, airport or hotel can be very challenging.
This is where ThinkVantage Access Connections can help. Its
connectivity solutions go far beyond those provided by the
operating system alone. Microsoft® Windows® XP Zero
Configuration and other configuration utilities simply do not
have the same breadth of hardware coverage and related
After you save the basic
settings for your various profiles, here are some of the ways
Access Connections can help you get - and stay - connected:
- Automatically manages your basic network connections,
even if you use static and dynamic IP addresses in different
- Manages your printing by automatically reassigning the
Microsoft Windows default printer to match your location, so
you can quickly get your printout on your preferred
- Automatically adjusts your network configuration to
match the IT needs of each location. For example:
- At what locations do you need to use a Virtual Private
Network, or any other application?
- When do you need File and Printer Sharing, Internet
Sharing and Internet Connection Firewall enabled or
- Do you need a proxy server for browsing, or do you
need to change your Internet Explorer homepage?
- What about other connection choices such as wireless
WAN (cellular), modem or Bluetooth® wireless technology?
Once your profiles are created, getting connected is simply
a matter of selecting a profile and letting Access Connections
do the rest. Even when you move between a WLAN and a wired
LAN, Access Connections is smart enough to make the
appropriate connection. Access Connections takes the hassle
out of "getting connected" whether you're an individual PC
user or a network administrator.
Access Connections also is designed for easy
administration. A network administrator can build unique
"Connectivity Profiles" for any location (home, office,
travel), for any network adapter (WLAN, WAN, Ethernet, and
Bluetooth wireless), and in any combination. These profiles
can then be remotely deployed, greatly simplifying the task.
Remote deployment of Access Connections profiles can now be
carried out by any file distribution and management capability
including LANDesk® Management Suite 8 for ThinkVantage Technologies.
Access Connections works with Microsoft Windows XP and 2000
and is conveniently installed on all new ThinkPad® notebooks.
|Manage your security through
Access Connections gives
you a one-stop interface so you can manage your
connectivity and wireless security settings in one
program; there is no need to run another utility.
For example, if your ThinkPad notebook is equipped
with 11a/b/g Wi-Fi wireless, you will be able to
choose between no security, Wired Equivalent
Privacy (WEP) encryption, 802.1x (EAP-TLS)
authentication, Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) or
|Get the most convenient secure
The Integrated Fingerprint Reader, available on select
ThinkPad models, can also be used for wireless
authentication. You can use this convenient
biometric solution as a replacement for a logon
password. So for example, if you wanted to use
your fingerprint instead of a LEAP password to get
on to your secure wireless network, Access
Connections would work in conjunction with our
fingerprint software to make it
|Simplify the deployment of
makes it easy to establish networking
configurations which can be deployed in the large
enterprise environment. Administrators can now
deploy wireless security settings safely and
easily with the Profile Deployment features of