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Chapter 4. Installing the Home Networkin... > Setting Up Your Windows XP Computer ...

Setting Up Your Windows XP Computer for Home Networking

The Network Setup Wizard walks you step by step through the process of configuring your network. All you have to do to set up your home network is run the wizard on your Windows XP computer and then run the wizard on each additional Windows 98, Windows Me, or Windows XP computer that you want to add to your home network.

Important

If you want to add a Windows 95 or Windows 2000 Professional computer to your network, you won’t be able to use the Network Setup Wizard. Instead, you’ll have to configure the settings manually. The steps for connecting each of these operating systems are described later in this chapter.


The Network Setup Wizard helps you to perform the following tasks:

  • Configure a Windows XP computer for home networking.

  • Add additional Windows 98, Windows Me, and Windows XP computers to the home network.

  • Set up Internet Connection Sharing on the network with one computer as the Internet Connection Sharing host.

  • Set up a shared folder on each computer on the network.

  • Share printers that are attached to computers on the network.

In this exercise, you’re setting up a home network using a Windows XP computer and several Windows 98 Second Edition computers. You’ve connected the computers together using Ethernet network adapters, a hub, and CAT5 UTP cable. You’ve made sure that all computers on the network are turned on. You’ve decided to use the Windows XP computer as the Internet Connection Sharing host, and you have already set up an Internet connection on that computer. To use the Network Setup Wizard to set up the Windows XP computer for home networking, complete the following steps:

1.
On the Start menu, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to Communications, and then click Network Setup Wizard.

The Network Setup Wizard starts:

2.
Click Next.

The Before You Continue page appears, listing steps that you need to take before you proceed:

3.
Make sure that you’ve completed the steps listed, and then click Next.

The Select A Connection Method page appears.

4.
Select the This Computer Connects Directly To The Internet option, and then click Next.

The Select Your Internet Connection page appears:

Tip

The options on your screen may be different than those in the examples shown. If you have multiple connections on your computer, there will be several connections to choose from. If your Internet connection is active, Windows XP will highlight the correct connection for you. If your Internet connection isn’t active, make sure that you choose the connection that connects your computer to the Internet. This could be a modem or a local area connection (for broadband connections). If you use broadband, make sure you choose the local area connection that connects to your broadband modem.

Important

Keep in mind that for other computers on the network to be able to access the Internet through Internet Connection Sharing, the Internet Connection Sharing host must be turned on.

5.
Select your Internet connection in the list, and click Next.

The Give This Computer A Description And Name page appears.

6.
In the Computer Description box, type a short description of your computer (such as Family Room Computer), and in the Computer Name box, type a name (such as Heather or Basement Office), and then click Next.

The Name Your Network page appears.

7.
In the Workgroup Name box, leave the default name, and click Next.

The Ready To Apply Network Settings page appears:

8.
Review the settings listed, and then click Next.

The wizard configures the computer for home networking, including turning on the Internet firewall, sharing the Internet connection, sharing any printers connected to the computer, and sharing the computer’s Shared Documents folder. This may take a moment. When the wizard is finished, the You’re Almost Done page appears:

Tip

You can use a floppy disk instead of the Windows XP CD to run the Network Setup Wizard on the other computers on your network. To create a Network Setup Disk, select the Create A Network Setup Disk option on the You’re Almost Done page. If you want to create a Network Setup Disk at a later time, run the Network Setup Wizard again on your Windows XP computer, and select all the same options for the network configuration, except on the You’re Almost Done page, select the Create A Network Setup Disk option.

9.
Select the Use My Windows XP CD option, and then click Next.

The To Run The Wizard With The Windows XP CD page appears.

10.
Review the instructions, and then click Next.

The Completing The Network Setup Wizard page appears.

11.
Click Finish to close the wizard.

Your Windows XP computer is now set up for home networking. Next you should use the Windows XP CD to run the wizard on each Windows 98, Windows Me, and Windows XP computer that you want to add to the network.

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