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Chapter 8. Setting Up a Home Network > Setting Up a Wired or Wireless Network

Setting Up a Wired or Wireless Network

Connecting multiple computers in a wired network is actually fairly simple. Just make sure that you do the proper planning beforehand and buy the appropriate hardware and cables; everything else is a matter of connecting and configuration.

How It Works

If you're setting up a wired network, you'll need to install a network interface card (NIC) in each computer you intend to connect. Each NIC then connects, via Ethernet cable, to the network hub, which is a simple device that functions like the hub of a wheel and serves as the central point in your network. Then, after you make the physical connections, each computer has to be configured to function as part of the network and to share designated files, folders, and peripherals.


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