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Beginners Guides: Home Networking and File Sharing

Beginners Guides: Home Networking and File Sharing - PCSTATS
Abstract: Networking, or connecting computers together to share information, has long been one of the more difficult areas of basic computing, but no more.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Apr 22 2004   Mike Dowler  
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Fixing Destination host unreachable Error

If the computers is telling you "desintation host unreachable" this means you have a problem with your physical setup. Make sure all wires are plugged in correctly; check the power on your hub/witch/router, etc.

Remember, most network adaptors will have one or more status LEDs that shine out the back of the computer. They should show a green light if connected properly. Check these too.

If one of your computers has an address other than 169.254.xxx.xxx, and is not connected to a router or cable modem, first double check that you set all the network adaptors on that computer to 'obtain an IP address automatically'.

If this is the case, go to the command prompt and type 'ipconfig /release' then 'ipconfig /renew' (for XP and 2000) or 'ipconfig /release_all' then 'ipconfig /renew_all' (for 98/ME). This will instruct all network adapters to drop their current IP addresses and attempt to acquire new ones. Type 'ipconfig /all' again and see if this resolved the problem.

As a last resort, you can manually set the IP addresses of your network adaptors in order to connect. Go to the properties of 'network neighborhood' or 'my network places' as before, but instead of specifying 'obtain an IP address automatically' select 'use the following IP address' and enter in '192.168.0.2-254 as the IP address, and '255.255.255.0' as the subnet mask. This will put your computers in the 192.168.0 network. Now test the connection with the ping command again.

Hopefully, this article has enabled you to successfully connect your home computers together, and has introduced you to some of the basic networking principles.

The next step is sharing your Internet connection throughout your home!

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Home Networking and File Sharing
 Pg 2.  Basic Windows networking principals
 Pg 3.  IP Addresses and what they represent
 Pg 4.  Setting up your own home network
 Pg 5.  Installing Network cards and drivers
 Pg 6.  Setting up a Network - Win98/ME
 Pg 7.  Setting up a Network - WinXP
 Pg 8.  Setting up a Network - Win2000
 Pg 9.  Sharing files across the network
 Pg 10.  Sharing files with Win2000
 Pg 11.  Sharing files with WinXP
 Pg 12.  Troubleshooting Section
 Pg 13.  — Fixing Destination host unreachable Error

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