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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 - Win2000

For Windows 2000 computers, right click the 'my network places' icon, found on the desktop and select 'properties'

You will see a window entitled 'network and dial-up connections' which will contain an icon for each network adaptor present in your machine. By default, these will be named 'Local Area Connection 1', 'local area connection 2', etc.

Right click 'local area connection 1' and select 'properties' then highlight 'internet protocol (TCP/IP)' and select properties again.Ensure that the option 'Obtain an IP address automatically' is selected, then click ok, and ok again.Repeat for each 'local area connection #' on your computer.Now right click the 'my computer' icon on the desktop and select 'properties', then the 'network identification' tab.

Make a note of the computer name and workgroup name for each computer. These are used to identify the computer over the network. If you wish to rename any of the computers, this is a good time to do it, using the 'properties' button.

Having all the computers in the same workgroup is not essential, but it does reduce confusion. All Microsoft computers are members of the workgroup 'workgroup' by default.

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 'printers' and 'scheduled tasks'.

Test this for all computers on the network. You have now either networked your computers together successfully, or are staring at the screen in frustration. Please proceed to either the Sharing Files and sharing Internet access sections or the Troubleshooting section respectively.

Now that the computers are speaking with one another, let's get them sharing files.

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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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