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Home Networking Basics

If your household contains multiple computers (one equipped with Windows XP and Internet access and at least one more equipped with Windows XP, Windows ME, Windows 98, or Windows 95), you can connect them to create a home network. Doing so enables you to share an Internet connection, hardware (such as a printer, scanner, and so on), and files and folders. Networking the computers in your home also enables members of your household to play multiplayer computer games.

Setting up a home network involves three basic steps:


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