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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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Setting up a Network - Win98/ME

For Windows 98/ME computers, right click the 'network neighborhood' icon on the desktop. You will see a window with the title 'the following network components are installed.' The second entry in the list should be your network adaptor. It will be fairly self-evident, starting with a brand name (Dlink, 3COM, Realtek, SMC etc) and generally containing the words 'Ethernet adaptor' or 'NIC' (Network Interface Card).

It's possible that the network card might not actually end up as the second entry on the list, but look for the keywords mentioned above and you'll be fine. It will always be near the top of the list anyhow. If you have two network adaptors in one of your systems, you will have two adaptors present in this window. If you have no idea which one is which, neither do we. Don't panic, it doesn't actually matter right now.

Scroll down to the entry or entries (you should do this for each individual network adaptor installed in your computer) marked TCP/IP -> (yournetworkcardname) and select 'properties'. Ensure that the 'obtain an IP address automatically' option is selected, then click ok.

Click the button 'file and print sharing' then check the box entitled 'I want to be able to give others access to my files'. Press ok, then ok again.

Restart the computer.The next step once the computer has restarted is to right click 'network neighborhood' and select 'properties,' then the 'identification' tab.

Make a note of each computer's name and workgroup as listed in the 'identification' tab. If you wish to rename any of the computers, this is a good time to do it. Having all the computers in the same workgroup name is not essential, but it does reduce confusion. All Microsoft computers are members of the workgroup 'workgroup' by default.

If you have made any changes, restart the computer.Perform the above steps for each 98/ME computer in your network-to-be.

Now select 'run' from the start menu and type '\\{computername}' where computername is the name of one of the other computers in your network. If all is as it should be, a window will open up showing all shared resources on that computer, by default, the window should be empty, but it does at lest indicate connectivity.

Test this for all computers on the network, typing the names in you wrote down previously. You have now either networked your computers together successfully, or are staring at the screen in frustration. Please proceed to either the Sharing Files section or the Troubleshooting section respectively before pulling out your hair.

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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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