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7. Networking andGoing Wireless > 7.2. Build a Workgroup (Local Area Network)

Build a Workgroup (Local Area Network)

As explained earlier in this chapter, Windows is really only concerned with the connections directly attached to the computer, so building a network or connecting a computer to the Internet essentially involves hooking things up and then configuring the connections in the Network Connections window for each computer involved.

Building a Peer-to-Peer Workgroup

A peer-to-peer workgroup is comprised of two or more computers and the necessary networking hardware to connect them. Or, in broader terms, you’ll need:

  • At least two computers, each presumably running Windows XP. Naturally, you can connect an XP system to one running any other networkable operating system (Windows 9x/Me, Windows NT/2000, Mac, Linux, FreeBSD, BeOS, Unix, etc.), but for the purposes of this book, we’ll assume both machines are running Windows XP.


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