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Summary

This chapter described installing and configuring SOHO LAN cabling, network interface cards (NICs), and Windows software. The first step was installing LAN cabling, which involved planning the cable installation, installing the cable, testing the cable before and after installation, and documenting the cable installation. The second step was installing the NIC. This was a relatively simple process that involves opening the PC hosts, selecting a PCI bus slot, inserting and bolting down the NIC, closing the PC host, and attaching the NIC to hub and patch cable. The final step that completes the NIC installation is installing the driver programs in Windows XP. To complete our SOHO LAN installation, reconfigure the Windows XP software by selecting and configuring a protocol, verifying an active network connection, naming the PC host on the network, creating local PC host or network users, and finally sharing the PC host's disk drives and printers. Upon completion of these tasks we have an operating home-office or small-office LAN.


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