|I can also access my box from anywhere in the world, Remote Desktop Connection isn't very hard to use.|
Nope, easy as pie to use. However, RDC, does not allow you to reboot the server and then enter the BIOS, which a remote KVM does allow. Please note, I wasn't suggesting you purchase one. I was just saying that's what we use.
Although my networking skills aren't very proficient, I still understand it with a basic knowledge. I'm in 2nd year of a Computer Programmer / Analyst course..
Apples and alligators. Programming has nothing to do with networking and every programming course I've ever seen offers little to nothing in the way of actual network training. While you might get one course on the basics. You won't go in-depth on sub/supernetting, VLAN tagging, routing etc etc (Oh, and I work for a university and the Comp Sci program here is all about programming and there's no network training as part of the program).
The reason I was asking these questions, is because the effect of tweaking these settings will be different depending on what the box is used for.
If your network is properly configured, there is nothing you can do to the NIC on a server to improve anything.......period, end of story, fini!
If you wish to change all the settings on your NIC back to the default simply remove it from Device Manager and reboot. Let windows "find" the NIC and apply drivers to it and voila, you're back to the defaults.
Oh darn, that's right, you connect via RDC and can't do that (ie: you remove the NIC, you can't connect) whereas with my remote KVM, I can do that (and actually have at one point in time when the NIC driver's became corrupted and it stopped working properly).
You could call your hosting site, explain that you wish to un/reinstall the NIC and find out what they would charge you to do it for you (NIC has to be reassigned TCP/IP info after reinstalling or you won't be able to connect via RDC. Other than that, well, next time you tinker, I highly recommend writing down the present settings before changing any of them so you can change them back.
One last thing....where computers and computing are concerned I try to live by a couple of simple rules:
1) (aka the Golden Rule) If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
It's worth noting that tweaking settings of any kind when you don't understand fully what the settings are for, and what they do, is the same thing as fixing something that isn't broken. Which is to say, it's begging to have something really screw up or break on you.
2) KISS (keep it simple silly!)