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What is WINS? Should i use it?

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So i just found the "WINS" in my routers and Network configs, it's left blank..


I was wondering what it is, and should i use it..



I have 2 routers, 4 computers on the 2nd one, and 3 computer on the first one (One of them is from the 2nd router too, Thats my sig rig connected to them both)

I have a server to use if i could/should use "WINS"
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From what I have seen WINS is windows version of DNS from the time before windows 2000. As far as I can tell, if your systems are even remotely modern you won't need the WINS service.
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WINS is best to use if you're running a 2k3 domain server/AD system. Which I highly doubt you're using so I wouldn't worry too much about it.
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