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Installing Network Wiring

When your network adapters are installed, the next step is to get your computers connected together. Installing the wiring can be the most difficult task of setting up a network. How you proceed depends on the type of networking adapters you have:

  • If you're using wireless adapters, of course you don't have to worry about wiring at all. You can just skip ahead to “Installing a Wireless Network,” later in this chapter.

  • If you're using Phoneline networking, plug a standard modular telephone cable into each Phoneline network adapter and connect them to the appropriate wall jacks. The adapter must be plugged directly into the wall jack, and then additional devices such as modems, telephones, and answering machines can be connected to the adapter. Remember that each of the phone jacks must be wired to the same telephone line. Then, skip ahead to the section “Configuring a Peer-to-Peer Network” later in the chapter.

  • If you're using a powerline networking adapter, follow the manufacturer's installation instructions. If you're using a powerline bridge, plug the bridge into a wall socket and connect it to your computer or other networked device with a CAT-5 patch cable. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for configuring the adapter's security features. You should enable encryption if it's available. Then, skip ahead to the section “Configuring a Peer-to-Peer Network” later in the chapter.

  • If you're using IEEE-1394 networking, buy certified IEEE-1394 cables and plug your computers together as shown in Figure 15.5. Then, skip ahead to the section “Configuring a Peer-to-Peer Network” later in the chapter.


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