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How to Network Computers – Setting Up Windows For Our Network

After all of the hardware for our home computer system has been set up, we now need to set up our computers to permit communication with one another. Although we have our hardware set up it remains useless unless the computer knows what to do with it, and it’s you who must tell it what to do In this guide, we’ll go through the process of setting up the software side of our system, which isn’t really complicated, actually lots of it is automatic or semi-automated in which the computer does most of the job.

Some of the things you will need to do are regular technical things like installing the drivers (software that controls the hardware devices such as the NIC) in your computer. Also, you’ll have to install each computer so that they are prepared to talk about their files on your home network. Notice for Wireless Users: if you’re using a wireless router on your network then you’ll have to install the router.

Though installation procedures vary among manufacturers, for the most part, they all have the same general installation your network connectors, if they’re ISA, PCI or a USB connector are hardware devices that will require you to set up small software programs called drivers. After you physically install the network adaptor in your computer, the next time you turn it on, Windows should automatically detect it and ask for a driver to be installed.

This very cool feature in windows is referred to as plug and play, which goes to work while windows begin. The plug and play feature may wish to install your hardware directly away and will ask for you to offer the proper information in order for it to be Using USB connectors you can plug the unit into the computer when it’s on and windows will automatically detect it for you and bring up the”add new hardware” wizard.

This ability to put in hardware whilst the computer is on is called a sexy setup (by techies), and its one of the coolest things about USB devices… Get it? There are instances the plug and play feature in windows won’t detect your new hardware, in that case, it’ll be up to you install the driver manually. Now windows have the proper drivers to communicate with our network adaptors, it’s time for our computers to begin communicating.

For our computers to communicate, they have to have the same network protocol (That’s tech talk for the language computers use to communicate). There are two different types of protocols used for the computer to computer communication, TCP/IP or NetBEUI. Based upon your version of windows every one will be set up automatically. Windows XP installs TCP/IP automatically so if you wanted to use NetBEUI on XP that you may need to install it with your windows CD, and vice versa if each computer must be set up with the very same protocols so as to communicate; this setup binds the protocol and the network adaptor together.

Whenever every computer can talk about the exact same beautiful language, then services can start on the network. Each task that you need to do on a network, such as file-sharing, print sharing and logging on to the network is called network services. There’s one more task to perform in order for our computers to communicate and share resources. The Microsoft Network system is extremely anal when it comes to media rules and needs to know who is who, who’s where and what is what.

Due to this computers must be given a title (each one needing to be unique, so that you can not have two computers with the same title ). Moreover, you need to give each computer a workgroup (the group where you network exists, so every computer has to be in the exact same group) Windows Networking wizard If you’re using Windows Me or XP you don’t need to go through all this, you can use windows home networking wizard to set this up for you.