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Chapter 6. Configuring Peer-to-Peer Netw... > Setting Up the Peer-to-Peer Network

Setting Up the Peer-to-Peer Network

Once you have the peer computers configured with a LAN protocol, you are ready to actually set up the peer network itself. This means that you need to physically connect the computers with some sort of network medium. Windows (beginning with the second release of Windows 98) actually provides you with the capability to connect two computers using a serial cable attached to COM ports on the computers (we’re talking a very small peer-to-peer network).

But for discussions sake, let’s assume that your peer-to-peer network consists of several computers that have been connected using twisted-pair cabling and a hub. First you must enable file and printer sharing on the computers. While many Windows computers may already have this component installed by default, let’s look at how you add this component. This is done in the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box (the same place where protocols were added to the computer’s configuration). Follow these steps:


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