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Part VI: Unleashing Windows 98 Communica... > Setting Up Windows 98 for Networking

Chapter 28. Setting Up Windows 98 for Networking

by Paul McFedries and Peter Kuo


Transport of the mails, transport of the human voice, transport of flickering pictures—in this century as in others our highest accomplishments still have the single aim of bringing men together.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

For many years, networking was the private playground of IT panjandrums. Its obscure lingo and arcane hardware were familiar to only this small coterie of computer cognoscenti. Workers who needed access to network resources had to pay obeisance to these powers-that-be, genuflecting in just the right way, tossing in the odd salaam or two.

Lately, however, we've seen a democratization of networking. Thanks to the trend away from mainframes and toward client/server setups, thanks to the migration from dumb terminals to smarter PCs, and thanks to the advent of easy peer-to-peer setups, networking is no longer the sole province of the elite. Getting connected to an existing network, or setting up your own network in a small office or home office, has never been easier.

This chapter shows you how Windows 98 has helped take even more of the “work” out of networking. I give a bit of background on Windows 98's networking features, and then I show you how to install and configure networking components.



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