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|Oracle Solaris Administration: Network Interfaces and Network Virtualization Oracle Solaris 11 Express 11/10|
Typically, if you change work environments and connection methods often (wired or wireless), you will want to take advantage of the automated network configuration capabilities of NWAM. You can use NWAM to set up user-defined profiles that enable you to connect to networks in a variety of settings, for example, the office, at home, or on the road. NWAM is a valuable tool for users of laptop models and systems that require frequent changes in network environments. In addition, the NWAM GUI makes the setting up of static IP configurations and connections to WiFi networks much easier than traditional networking tools and commands.
NWAM can be configured to adapt to changes in your network environment, such as loss of Ethernet connectivity or the addition or removal of a network interface card (NIC).
Note - If you choose to configure your network manually, for example, if you are using advanced networking features that are not currently supported by NWAM, you can disable the NWAM service and enable traditional network configuration. For more information, see Managing the NWAM Service Through SMF.