We’re setting up our PCs to form a home network.
Now that we have our home computer network’s hardware up and running, we need to configure our individual computers so they can talk to one another. Even while our technology is in place, it is useless until the computer knows how to use it, and that information must come from you. The software side of our network setup is not very hard; much of it is automated or semi-automatic, with the computer doing most of the work, as we will see in this article.
Installing drivers (software that controls the hardware devices like the NIC) on your computer is an example of the mundane but necessary work that must be done. In addition, each computer needs to be configured for file sharing on the local area network.
Important Reminder for Wireless Network Users A wireless router must be installed before using wireless connectivity on your network. Although manufacturers’ specific instructions for installation may differ, the basic structure is universal.
Computer hardware drivers
Installing small software packages called drivers is necessary for all your network connectors, whether ISA, PCI, or USB. Drivers facilitate the OS’s interaction with hardware, directing and timing hardware operations.
When you switch on your computer after installing the network adaptor, Windows should detect it immediately and prompt you to install a driver. Plug and play is a fantastic Windows feature that activates during the boot process. The plug-and-play function will want to install your gear immediately and ask you for the required information.
If the device has a USB port, plugging it into a running computer will trigger Windows to display the “add new hardware” wizard. One of the best features of USB devices is their compatibility with hot hardware installations or installations performed while the machine is running. Get it?… VERY HEATING setup… USB’s most remarkable feature?
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Sometimes Windows’ plug-and-play functionality won’t pick up on new gear, leaving you to install the driver manually.
Communication Protocols for Initial Contact
Now that Windows has the necessary drivers to talk to our network adaptors, it’s time for them to talk to each other. All of our computers must share the same network protocol (the jargon for the language computers use to talk to one another) for us to be able to operate together. TCP/IP and NetBEUI are the two most common protocols for inter-computer communication. Each one may be set up mechanically based on your Windows version. While TCP/IP is installed automatically in Windows XP, NetBEUI must be installed manually from the Windows CD.
For computers to talk to one another, they must share the same set of protocols installed alongside each computer’s network adaptor. Services on the network can begin until all computers can communicate in the same elegant language. Network services include anything from file sharing and printing to signing in and communicating with other users.
Labeling Machines and Offices
We need to do one more thing to have our computers talking to one another and pooling their resources. Microsoft’s networking software is notoriously rigid regarding the who, where, and what of a network. Because of this, every computer needs a name (and that name must be different from every other computer).
In addition, you must assign a work group to each machine (this will be the group in which your network operates). The Windows Network Setup Assistant Most of this is unnecessary if you are using Windows Me or XP and the Windows Home Networking Wizard to set up your network.
You can easily connect many computers to a single internet connection using the Windows Home networking wizard. Many people do not like this wizard because it adds more complexity, and I can’t say I’m particularly fond of it either. Doing everything by hand is the way to go, as you will have a far more profound understanding of Windows.
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