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Chapter 4. Installing the Home Networking Software

Chapter 4. Installing the Home Networking Software

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After completing this chapter, you will be able to:
Configure a Windows XP computer for home networking
Add additional Windows 98, Windows Me, and Windows XP computers to your home network
Add a Windows 95 computer to your home network
Add a Windows 2000 Professional computer to your home network
Add a Macintosh computer to your home network
Set up a Windows XP computer to connect to an existing home network


Now that you’ve installed your networking hardware and connected to the Internet, you’re ready to take the final step to create a home network: installing the home networking software on each computer. Fortunately, the Network Setup Wizard in Microsoft Windows XP makes it easy by automatically configuring your computer to communicate on the network. In addition, you can run the Network Setup Wizard on the other computers that you want to add to your network, including Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, and Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) computers. With the help of Windows XP, installing the home networking software and configuring your home network is a snap.

In this chapter, you will learn how to use the Network Setup Wizard to configure a Windows XP computer for home networking and to add additional Windows computers to your home network. You’ll also learn how to add a Macintosh computer to your network. Finally, if you already have a home network, you’ll learn how to set up a Windows XP computer to connect to an existing network.

To complete the exercises in this chapter, you will need to:

  • Install and configure the appropriate network hardware on each computer that you want to add to your network. (For more information, see Chapter 2, “Connecting Your Computers Together.”)

  • Decide which computer to use as the Internet Connection Sharing host, and set up an Internet connection on that computer. It is highly recommended that you use a Windows XP computer as the Internet Connection Sharing host or a third-party gateway that supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP). (For more information, see Chapter 3, “Connecting to the Internet.”)

  • Make sure that all computers, printers, and other devices that you want to add to your network are set up and turned on.

  • Locate your Windows XP Installation CD-ROM or a blank 3.5-inch floppy disk, and keep it handy.

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